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October 3, 2007 at 12:13 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Stress Can Make Your Hair Fall Out


This article is for anyone who has ever found themselves in a stressful situation. I am talking about the kind of stress that makes us want to pull our hair out of our heads.

When we hit a stressful time our body uses the needed nutrients and body's energy to cope with the stress, our hair becomes a low priority for the body's care. Stress is usually found within our daily life, worrying about a job promotion, school tests, and college exams, how about pregnancy, or a death in the family, what about health issues. All these listed are like a loaded gun for stress. Stress makes us tense and our body requires everything we have just to manage the stress.

The loss of hair is not something that you notice right away, but gradually over a period of time. Usually at any given time a certain amount of our hair follicles are at rest, this is called the resting phase and after a couple of months resting old hair falls out and new hair begins to grow in its place. When we become highly stressed our hair may fall out but it is usually two or three months before we notice.

As both men and women get older, they expect their hair to start thinning. Mens hair is more noticeable because balding is more common in men. A woman's head is a little more subtle. While it thins it does so evenly over the head and does not settle in one certain spot. Hormones have a lot to do with the balding head along with stress. A man produces more testosterone and can be converted to dihydrotestosterone and with the enzyme 5 - alpha- reductase shrinks the hair follicles causing the membrane to thicken and restrict the blood flow, causing the hair to fall out. Women go through the same sort of situation when they go through a hormonal imbalance, their hair also falls out. Both situations are cause for stress.

Typically you are not losing as much hair as it seems, only that the follicles are not growing new hair at the moment. You need to remember that stress can affect hair loss, but it is not the only cause. Certain medications have the side effect of hair loss. Realizing that you are balding can be emotionally and physically stressful and depressing; it affects how we feel about ourselves, and how the opposite sex looks at us. There are natural products on the market that can assist in regrowing hair. Explore all your options before you get stressed over a little lost hair.


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