Hair loss affects millions of men and women worldwide. There are a variety of causes for hair loss. Some people suffer from hair loss due to their genes, others because of their hair-care practices. Many people wrongly think hair loss is natural. Very few people are aware that there is a link between stress and hair loss. This article will briefly explain how stress can slow down hair growth, and how, if left untreated, may lead to hair loss.
Hormones and hair loss
A stressful situation such as a fire or an accident will lead to the production of adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones are often referred to as stress hormones and they play a vital role in keeping us safe. For short periods of time, the hormones will boost both concentration and energy levels. This helps you get out of a potentially harmful situation. Adrenal glands are responsible for regulating the levels of hormones in your body. Adrenal glands are also responsible for producing other hormones such as testosterone. Testosterone is an androgen and helps promote healthy hair.
Long term stress
When stress occurs over a long period of time, the levels of the stress hormones in your body build up. The adrenal glands can no longer cope with regulating the levels of cortisol, which affects other hormones in your body. This condition is known as adrenal fatigue and a common result is an increase in the levels of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT cause hair follicles to shrink and enter into a resting phase. When hair follicles are resting, hair production also slows down. Other impacts of DHT may include permanent follicle damage, hair loss, and even balding.
Eliminating stress and maintaining hair health
The answer to perfect hair health is a combination of hair care and a healthy lifestyle. Eliminating the cause of your stress will restore your adrenal glands to perfect functioning and help balance the hormone levels in your body. The following tips will help:
- Talk to someone about the stressful situation in your life.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Exercise and spend time doing something physical, like going for walks or running.
- Get enough rest and sleep.
If hair loss continues, you should visit a trichologist or hair restoration specialist. Vinci Hair Clinic specializes in hair restoration procedures and with clinics on every continent, there is a clinic close to you.