Stress and Hair Loss

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Stress Related Hair Loss

What’s the relationship?

Nowadays, stress has become an integral part of our life. There is so much stress even in simple, day to day living that it is almost unconceivable that stress could be eliminated from our lives. From school to work place, family to friends, the daily dose of stress every modern person encounters is horrible and this affects every system and part of the body. The statement that stress can also induce hair loss could meet with astonishment from some people. Some may ask; what does stress got to do with my hair? Well, stress really does cause hair loss and it has even gotten a medical name. In medical jargon, Telogen Effluvium is the name given to hair loss induced by the sudden onset of stress. The hair loss never seems to occur until after the end of the stressful event that is inducing it. However, hair loss caused by stress is temporary and heals up after the hair follicles resume hair production.

Stress and Gray Hair

Melanocyte stem cells are the key for hair coloring. Apparently, the gradual loss of melanocyte stem cells, lead to the loss of pigment. Stress hormones may affect the survival and or activity of melanocytes, but no clear link has been found between stress and your hair turning grey. Scientific American has a short article which examines whether there's any truth to the common theory that links stress and your hair going grey. It’s like there's some circumstantial evidence that stress may have an effect, but no definite link has been found. Hair melanin comes in two shades: eumelanin (dark brown or black) and pheomelanin (yellow or red), that combine in different proportions to create a vast array of human hair colors. Hair that has lost most of its melanin is gray; hair that has lost all of this pigment is white.

Stress and Hair Loss

If you are in good spirits, it reflects in your radiant hair. But, if you are under stress, you might have noticed a considerable hair loss. Hair loss is a sign that stress has pushed your body off balance. Hair loss experts call sudden and rapid hair loss, "telogen effluvim," is a common condition experienced by people who have had a shock to their system. Telogen effluvim is believed to affect more women than men. After a few months, notice clumps of hair have fallen from the front of your head. If you have experienced stress the hair follicles will prematurely stop growing and enter a resting phase. The good news about the hair loss caused as the result of stress is that your condition is temporary and does not lead to baldness.

Keeping the Hair Intact

Managing the stress effectively is the best way to keep the hair intact. The first and perhaps most effective thing to do, is to learn the art of dissociation. Most people carry their emotions, worries, fears and anxieties on their faces and you almost always see stress in the faces of people you meet on the street. Dissociation means freeing your mind and body from your problems and worries, at least for a short period of time, daily. Relax and forget the problems, even if just for a minute. The longer you can maintain this state, the better for your overall health. Our lives will be better without the worries we carry about. Forgetting your problems and worries allows the body to calm down and dissipate built-up stress and your hair remains healthy as well. The longer you can maintain this state, the longer time the body has to calm down. This is not only good for your hair, it is very important for your overall health.