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Is Chronic Stress Causing Your Hair Loss?

Are you finding more strands of hair than usual in your shower drain? Do you see more and more hair on the floor or your brush after brushing your hair? Are you finding hair on your pillowcase when you wake up in the morning? You might be wondering, “why?” Your hair loss might be from stress.

Studies show a strong link between stress and hair loss. When people experience a significantly stressful event, it can affect the body in different ways. One of them is hair loss. This type of hair loss is typically temporary, but chronic stress can create a hair-shedding cycle that is difficult to break. The loss or thinning of the hair itself, when noticeable, can become so stressful to the person experiencing it that it perpetuates the problem.

At Riviera Hair Replacement, we can help if your hair is thinning because of stress or other reasons.

Our clients seek us out because they are experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy, hormonal changes, pattern baldness, stress, and more. We have discreet and compassionate professionals who take pride in helping people look and feel their best. Whether you want the complete coverage of a full wig or want to maximize the hair you have, you can’t go wrong with Riviera. Call us today at 516-364-0110 or 800-772-1523 for a free consultation.

How Stress Contributes to Hair Loss

Your emotional state can cause hair loss in different ways, but three conditions related to stress contribute to hair loss significantly. The conditions are:

  • Telogen effluvium
  • Trichotillomania
  • Alopecia areata

Let’s take a look closer look at these conditions.

What is Trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is quite literally pulling your hair out when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. It’s a psychological condition that manifests itself by pulling the hairs from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or other parts of the body where hair grows.

Trichotillomania is often the result of stress and can be a habit that initially forms to relieve feelings of anxiety or to provide immediate feelings of gratification or happiness. However, it can also begin as or evolve into an unconscious action. Trichotillomania is a condition commonly diagnosed in teenaged girls but can affect anyone.

What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is a condition caused by your immune system. Specifically, your immune system attacks your hair follicles, causing your hair to shed.
Since stress can affect your immune system, chronic stress or a significantly stressful event can contribute to alopecia areata.

People with alopecia areata commonly find “bald” areas of their scalp that are round and about the size of a coin or areas of severely thinning hair.

There is no known underlying cause of alopecia areata. Some studies indicate a genetic link to the condition. However, many people believe that the link between stress and your immune system is a strong one. Since stress can throw your immune system “out of whack,” people with alopecia areata often experience cycles of hair loss directly related to stressful events in their lives. When their immune systems “flare-up” because of stress or anxiety, hair loss can result.

What is Telogen Effluvium?

Telogen effluvium is one of the most common causes of temporary hair loss caused by stressful events.

Events like getting fired, moving, divorcing, losing a loved one, or having an illness can put your hair into its “resting” phase or telogen phase. This means that your hair stops producing new strands of hair, and over time, the hair you have sheds or falls out more easily.

Telogen effluvium, once triggered, often results in hair loss several months after the events or situation that caused the stress and anxiety. The stress can be emotional or physical. For example, many reports show that people who had Covid-19 noticed excessive shedding three months or so after they recovered from their illness. Others might experience telogen effluvium because of chronic stress over something occurring at work.

People with excessive shedding because of stress will often see their hair grow back after their situation improves. Unfortunately, for others, when the hair loss becomes noticeable, it can create even more stress. Perpetual stress continues to hinder the hair growth cycle, creating instead a cycle of hair loss that can be difficult to break. The best way to break the cycle might be to find a hair replacement solution.

Combatting Stress Can Help Preserve the Health of Your Hair

Combating anxiety should be important to everyone. We all deal with stress in our lives, and it can have a negative impact on more than just our hair growth cycle.

Consider incorporating ways to decrease the stress in your life and keep your body, scalp, and mind healthier. Consider the following suggestions:

  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga
  • Get regular exercise which is always good for managing stress and the effects of stress
  • Spend time with people you love and/or have a positive influence on you
  • Seek professional help
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Treat your hair and the rest of your body with care
  • If the hair loss continues, speak with a doctor find out if there are ways to treat it

Seeking a solution from Riviera Hair Replacement can also help you overcome the cycle of stress-related hair loss. Our hair replacement specialists can design and create a solution that fits your lifestyle and meets your goals. Whether you want a full coverage wig or to maximize the hair you have, Riviera can ensure that you leave here looking and feeling your best.

Call Riviera Hair Replacement Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

Let us help ease the stress you are feeling about your thinning hair so you can begin to minimize the effects it might have on your scalp’s health. Call Riviera Hair Replacement today at 516-364-0110 or 800-772-1523 to schedule a free evaluation. Our discreet and compassionate hair replacement specialists are eager to help you look and feel like yourself again. So call us today- you will be glad you did!