Modern life is becoming increasingly stressful. With demanding jobs, financial pressures and complicated relationships, it’s easy for your stress levels to build up. While stress is a sense of mind, the indicators for it are often physical. Hair loss is a common side-effect of stress and we appreciate how alarming this can be to experience. Grow Gorgeous is on hand to help you battle the stress and the hair loss.
Temporary hair loss due to stress is called ‘Telogen Effluvium’ and it occurs when the body is under extreme pressure. The increase in cortisol, a stress hormone, can cause the hair to prematurely fall out of the hair growth (anagen) phase and into the resting (telogen) phase, so the hair falls out at an increased rate, making it noticeably thinner. Even if your hair does grow when you’re stressed, the hair that grows will be weak and unhealthy due to the extra pressure that stress puts your body under.
How to tell if you’re stressed
You’ll never get to the root of the cause if you’re not aware of the less well-known symptoms of stress, including:
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Short temper
- Increased hair shedding which can be seen on your pillow and hair brush.
- Changes in eating habits
Disturbed sleep and changes in eating habits are secondary causes of hair loss due to stress. Your hair is not able to renew itself if your body isn’t adequately rested and a change in eating habits could mean that your body is not getting the nutrients it needs to create a healthy environment for hair growth, putting your body under even more stress.
How to combat stress
In order to stop hair loss due to stress, you need to combat the stress before you try to fix your hair loss. So follow our top tips to get you on your way to feeling a little more Zen…
Meditation helps you to control your own mind, allowing you to be more aware of your emotions, acknowledging them and dealing with them before they’re able to negatively affect you. Meditation also works as a relaxation exercise, allowing you to take some time out of your day to switch off your mind and relax your body, thus, reducing stress levels.
Have some ‘me’ time
Taking long, relaxing baths and burning candles can bring your stress levels right down. Try to schedule some time for you at least once a week to ensure your stress levels are kept to a minimum- why not relax with the Back into the Roots masque for a 15-minute pick me up?
Get enough sleep
Have you ever noticed yourself feeling a little grumpier and stressed after a late night? Not getting enough sleep not only puts your body under more pressure, but it can actually cause you to stress more. So, put down those laptops and turn off your TV for a well-deserved early night with the Overnight to Gorgeous masque; so you can learn the true meaning of beauty sleep.
How to get your gorgeous hair back
Once you’ve tackled your stress levels, you’re ready to get your gorgeous hair back! Follow our expert tips and you’ll have a strong hair game in no time. Hair can take up to 6-8 months to recover from extreme stress, so be patient- you’ll get your gorgeous locks back!
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Stop washing your hair
Shampooing your hair too much can exhaust your hair and scalp, stripping it of natural oils. Instead, opt for a cleansing conditioner which will deeply cleanse and condition your locks, without stripping your hair of natural oils.
Evaluate your diet
An undernourished body is not the right environment for gorgeous, healthy hair. No matter how stressed you’re feeling, make sure you’re getting the right nutrients every day to optimise your chances of getting your gorgeous hair back.