Hair Loss due to Stress
Hair Loss due to Stress : Hair loss has become such a pressing issue of concern nowadays. Almost everyone is either experiencing hair loss or is worried about it. Once upon a time, hair loss was generally viewed either as a process of aging or due to some medical hair condition.
But the same cannot be said for today. The technology was discovered to make man’s life easy; his findings and innovations promised to provide a solution to man’s problems. Our knowledge of science has jumped great leaps and over the past decade, man has found much scientific and technological advancement.
Technology should have made life easier for us, but why are we still running. Mankind has truly advanced as a species, but yet he fights to survive. Today’s competitive world is causing a man to constantly be on the go. There is no true rest and he keeps running. This has led to Hair Loss due to Stress.
Technology should have lessened man’s load but it has only aided him in handling heavier loads of work, such that ‘the job of a thousand is now one man’s’. This places the man under much stress and tension that it has come to manifest in him physically, meaning that his psychological stress is noticeable in his physiology (which in this case is his hair).
The increased stress has caused a man to lose hair earlier and at a rapid pace. Children, adolescents, and young adults are experiencing hair loss due to stress, in worst case it leads to balding. What’s worse is that hair loss largely affects the self-confidence and self-respect of not only youths but adults as well. Why? Because our culture and religion has placed such a huge importance on hair, that hair has become a status; a symbol; a trend; a part of who we are and how we and everyone else views us.
How Hair Loss due to Stress is caused?
Stress causes hair loss by altering the hair life cycle. This is known as Telogen effluvium. Generally, every 2 to 3 months, a small percentage of our hair goes into the resting phase or ‘Telogen’ phase. The remaining hair is engaged in the process of growth, while the hair in the telogen phase eventually falls off and is replaced by new hair.
Due to stress, a large portion of our hair enters the telogen phase. Hence, we begin to experience increased and rapid hair loss. This answers how bald patches begin to gradually appear even at young ages and how lumps of hair come off when you are either taking a bath or combing your hair.
But fear not as Telogen effluvium can be treated naturally. But the process is a slow and gradual process. Natural remedies have no side effects, are cost-effective and effective by scientific standards. But they require three key components: time, patience and perseverance. These natural remedies do not only stop hair fall but also promote hair growth and control hair loss due to stress. They nourish hair follicles and the scalp. Some of them also prevent dandruff and neutralize acidity in the hair and scalp.
How to treat hair loss due to stress:
The hair loss due to stress can be easily treated, but it requires that we work at two angles:
1. Reducing stress
2. Treatment for hair
1. Reducing stress:
It is essential that we identify and work on removing or reducing the factors that contribute to stress. This can involve engaging in recreational activity after a nice day/week of hard work. Or it can also mean practicing stress relieving techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation technique, meditation, mindfulness technique, etc to help relieve stress.
In case of difficulty in managing one’s stress levels, there is no shame in seeking the help of a psychiatrist, psychologist or psychotherapist who can help relieve stress with medication or psychotherapy.
A hearty breakfast and lunch, and a good night’s sleep have also been found to contribute to reducing stress. One can also try exercising or pursuing hobbies to keep oneself physically and mentally healthy. The key goal is to build resilience, i.e. the ability to overcome stress and recover from it. This can only be achieved through perseverance and a strong determination.
2. Treatment for hair loss due to stress :
There are many natural remedies that can help prevent hair loss due to stress and promote hair growth. Results are largely visible within a month, provided that they are followed properly. Some of the most common natural remedies are:
Aloe vera gel:
Aloe vera not only provides nutrition for hair follicles but also helps fight against dandruff. Apply aloe vera gel thrice a week for the best results. Aloe vera gel also helps to cool the scalp.
Oils such as almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, and lavender oil help nourish hair follicles and the scalp. It helps to prevent hair loss and at the same time promotes hair growth. It can be applied every alternate night, followed by hair wash in the morning.
Henna not only dyes hair naturally but also helps to treat hair loss naturally. It promotes natural hair growth.
Amla contains the vitamins and minerals that are essential for hair follicles and scalp. Mixing amla, or Indian gooseberry, powder/juice with coconut oil and applying on hair can help to promote hair growth.
Lemon juice needs to be applied between hair and on the scalp. After allowing it to set for some time, it needs to be followed by a hair wash. Lemon juice not only provides vitamins for hair follicles and promotes hair growth, but also gives hair a nice gleam.
Onion juice needs to be applied on hair and followed by a hair wash. When repeated twice a week it promotes hair growth and also gives hair a nice gleam.
Protein is required for the nourishment of hair follicles. Egg whites when applied on hair twice a week and then followed by hair wash strengthen hair and promotes its growth.