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Can stress be the cause of hair loss?

Woman pulling hair outWith stress thought to be a contributing factor with many conditions, including high blood pressure and the suppression of the immune system, one may wonder whether it can affect hair loss.  Whether it is due to economic uncertainty and financial worries, the demands of our lives and careers, or even bereavement or divorce – stress can affect anyone of us.

Stress can affect a number of mental and physical aspects… including our hair. High levels of stress deplete our bodies of essential nutrients, which then affect the health of our hair and can make it dull and lifeless.  Yet the effects of stress don’t always stop there.  Unfortunately it can occasionally lead to hair loss in both men and women .  Thankfully this is not a common occurrence and if it does happen it is usually just a temporary condition, often correcting itself within six to twelve months.

Severe stress can lead to a hair loss condition known as Telogen Effluvium.  Those with the condition can experience sudden hair loss spread evenly over the scalp.   As well as stress, other known causes of Telogen Effluvium are childbirth, rapid weight loss, illness, surgery and sometimes medication.  The condition is usually triggered by a sudden or stressful event, which causes certain hair follicles to halt their growth prematurely and enter into the telogen (resting) phase.   The affected hairs then stay in the resting phase for around twelve weeks, after which they will shed.  New hair growth may take several months, but usually the condition corrects itself within a year.

It is possible for Telogen Effluvium to trigger Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss.  Both of these resulting conditions are genetic and progressive.  They will require specialist treatment to prevent further hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth.  There is also a chance that those people experiencing pattern hair loss will worry about it, increasing their stress levels and unwittingly accelerate their hair loss.

If you are suffering with stress, it is important for your total well-being to take action on your stress levels, by resolving the issues behind the anxiety and/or learning stress management techniques. From exercise to meditation or even a new hobby, it is important to find an activity that helps you relax and unwind. Counseling and support groups can be of benefit in more severe cases.

belgravia-productsIn any event, in order to prevent your hair loss you can take advantage of hair loss treatments: There are two treatments that have been proven to be effective and safe to use for hair loss.   Recommended for men and women is the treatment minoxidil.  The other hair loss treatment is only used on men and is Propecia.  Combining these two medications at the right dose, with the correct ‘hair growth boosters‘ and hair growth additives will in the majority of cases prevent further hair loss and thicken the hair to some degree.

Contact one of Belgravia’s specialists today to find out about the most effective, specially tailored course of hair loss treatment for your condition and stage of hair loss. For more information call 020 7730 6666 or send a message to book a free consultation.  Alternatively, the online diagnostic form provides Belgravia’s experts with enough information to diagnose your condition and recommend an effective course of treatment for home-use, wherever you are in the world.

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