A report in the journal PNAS has revealed that men who spend time with their friends are less stressed. But does this mean a lad's night out be the answer to preventing stress-related hair loss
Researchers from Germany's University of Gottingen found that male bonding is better at reducing stress levels than time with their partner or family, and they suffer less anxiety and feel more protected when surrounded by a group of men than in other social environments.
In a study
of Barbary macaques, an ape which has similar social behaviour to humans, male macaques were less stressed when with other males. The presence of a group of male macaques reduced the negative effects of external stressors such as low temperatures or threats. The researchers also found that stress-related illnesses only occurred among female apes or couples.
Can stress cause hair loss in men?
Yes - emotional stress has been found to accelerate male pattern baldness
, causing men who are genetically predisposed to hair loss
to lose their hair faster.
The reason that stress is thought to affect hair loss is that stress causes the body to shut down unnecessary processes, such as the production of hair. A number of studies have shown that stress interrupts the hair growth cycle
, either by prematurely terminating the normal anagen duration (active growth phase), holding the hair follicles in an extended telogen (resting) phase or by inhibiting hair growth due to hormonal imbalances.
Can spending time with friends stop hair loss?
If your hair loss is stress-related, then removing or managing the source of the stress will reduce the impact. If spending time with your friends helps you manage the stress, then this can be beneficial for your hair loss condition
- as well as your health in general.
Depending on the source of your stress, other activities, hobbies or exercise
may be beneficial in helping to manage your stress. For stress that is more severe, such as divorce, workplace bullying, job loss or the death of a loved one, it is advisable to seek the help of a counsellor, a support group or therapist.
Treatment for stress-related hair loss
Hair loss itself is a stressful situation, so if you are worried about hair loss, put your mind at ease by talking to a hair loss specialist
who will help identify your condition and advise on treatment options suitable for you.
Hair loss treatments
are more likely to be effective once the cause of your stress is under control. There are available treatment options for telogen effluvium
and chronic telogen effluvium,
as well as clinically-proven male hair loss treatments
. And, although as yet there is no cure for alopecia, there are treatments for alopecia areata
which generally revolve around the topical application of minoxidil
which can help to spur on regrowth and has provided promising results
for a number of Belgravia's alopecia clients. If you would like to find out more about our high strength minoxidil
, please call us on 020 7730 6666
or send us a message