How stress impacts hair growth and how to undo the damage

Constantly stressed? It can have adverse effects on your body, particularly your hair. To undo the damage, one has to first understand how the body responds to stress.

Stress is unarguably an inevitable part of our lives. But daily struggles, change in the way of life, routines and the onset of a pandemic can all push your stress levels through the roof. When stress gets overly intense - and becomes an inseparable part of your everyday life - is when it can have a lasting impact on you.

Over time, chronic stress can move your body into ‘survival mode’. For most people, this can lead to not just hair loss, but also impact your quality of sleep, digestion, energy levels etc.

Hair growth involves three stages.

1) In growth (anagen stage), strands of hair push through the skin.

2) In degeneration (catagen stage), hair ceases to grow, and the follicle at the base of the strand shrinks.

3) In rest (telogen stage), hair falls out and the process can begin again.


Here’s how chronic stress can disrupt your natural hair growth cycle:

- It causes a spike in the hormone cortisol, which sends signals throughout your body that push hair follicles into the ‘resting phase’ where stem cells are inactive.

- Ideally, during the ‘growth phase’ stem cells in the hair follicle divide and become new cells that regenerate hair.

- When stress causes a change in hormonal balance, stem cells perceive this as a harmful environment, signaling the hair to stop growing and fall out instead.

All of this to say that you might not realize the effect long-term stress has on you, until a while later, when the damage is done. As with most conditions, hair fall remedies also begin from within.


Here are three basic changes to add to your routine for healthy hair:

1) Stress Management

This might sound obvious, but the best hair fall remedy for stress-induced hair loss is to manage stress. Set aside a small amount of time each day for meditation, relaxation, yoga or exercise to calm the mind and de-stress the body.

2) Sleep

Sleep is the simplest (albeit indirect) form of haircare. It is especially crucial to try to get at least 8 hours of shut eye every night. Sleep promotes protein synthesis of the hair and releases the hormone melatonin which has been linked to hair growth.

3) Natural Hair Supplements

Always remember – there is no such thing as a quick fix. A nutritious diet, a decent haircare routine and a good lifestyle are the key to healthy hair. Natural hair supplements contain the right mix of nutrients that can restore your hair back to a strong and shiny state.

 

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Also read: 4 nutrients your hair needs for healthy growth

How to care for your hair the holistic way

 

References:

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/how-stress-causes-hair-loss

https://share.upmc.com/2018/12/losing-hair-from-stress/

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