Hair loss usually occurs through genetic causes. This manifests through the condition called androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. It affects close to seventy percent of men with initial symptoms being noticeable as a man approaches his thirties. There are some however who begin to experience hair loss at an earlier age. This is a kind of condition that is almost unavoidable. A person can prepare himself to treat it as it progresses though the most that could be done is to impede its advancement.

Self-induced hair loss is the kind that can be prevented. One of the most common occurrences of this is stress-related hair loss that has many variations though the reason why some are triggered by stress still has to be determined. Telogen effluvium is one of the best examples of hair loss caused by stress. It occurs when there is a traumatic event that results in an abrupt shift from the anagen to the telogen hair growth stage. This creates a gradual shedding of hair that is immediately noticeable on a hairbrush or in a shower drain after taking a bath.


Alopecia areata is an autoimmune hair loss condition that is also caused by stress. The body mistakes the hair follicles to be a foreign body and sends out white blood cells to attack it. This results in its shrinkage and eventually, hair loss. It is characterised by the random appearance of round bald spots all over the scalp without any set pattern of development. It also comes and goes without warning though it can progress into a more severe condition called alopecia areata totalis or the loss of hair over the entire scalp.

Another stress induced hair loss condition is trichotillomania. It is different from the other two because it is the physical pulling on the hair that actually causes the shedding. It is the result of compulsive tugging on different parts of body hair as well as the scalp or eyebrows to deal with anxiety, loneliness, depression or boredom.

These are but a few examples of hair loss conditions caused by stress. Being able to prevent or quickly recover from them is not only probable but also highly possible.

It is true that dealing with stress may not be so easy to do. There are times when things simply get out of control. Awareness however, is one the first steps towards creating a stress free environment. Visiting a qualified physician to get an accurate diagnosis is recommended in order to know what kind of hair loss condition a person is dealing with to make it easier to approach the situation.

Being able to totally prevent the hair loss is of course better than finding treatment for it. One way to do this is by getting enough sleep on a regular basis. It might sound so basic but it is among the most effective ways to reduce stress levels. Sleeping allows a person to provide himself with mental and physical rest at the same time. This gives him the opportunity to let his thoughts go and his body to relax and recharge. It is recommended to get seven to eight hours of continuous sleep for optimum results.

Another way of dealing with stress is to exercise regularly. The body releases endorphins that improve a person’s mood whenever they engage in any physical activity for about thirty minutes. It also boosts energy levels, making the body stronger and increases endurance levels. Regular exercise also helps control weight gain by using up the body’s energy stores and reducing unwanted fat.

Having a balanced diet can help in preventing stress induced hair loss. The body needs the right nutrients to perform its overall bodily functions and an indicator that it is receiving the right kinds and amounts will manifest itself through the hair and nails. Eating food such as vegetables, lean meats and fish supply the body with vitamins and minerals it needs to be truly nourished. Try to avoid foods that are processed, high in salt or sugar. They do not provide the right kind of nutrients and may lead to other health problems.


Dealing with stress related hair loss