Why Stress Makes Your Hair Fall Out


You might have heard that stress triggers hair loss and it is absolutely true. The condition of hair is affected by our lifestyle and stress levels. Excessive stress, whether emotional or physical can trigger hair loss. Mostly, hair loss due to stress is temporary and hair loss treatments by trichologist Dubai are usually enough to take care of it. There are generally two types of hair loss telogen effluvium and alopecia areata associated with stress.

Telogen effluvium

This type of hair fall results in thinning over the entire scalp. Trichologist Dubai suggests that stress triggers telogen effluvium. Any kind of stress such as a loss of job, divorce, death of a loved one or childbirth can cause significant increase in hair shedding.  Most of the time, this hair loss condition is seen amongst females. Stress and depression are more common in females as compared to men.  The reason for this type of hair fall is that a lot of hair follicles are in resting phase when an individual experiences stress.

Most people do not attribute stress for hair fall because hair loss usually occurs when the stressful period is over. This is so because hair stays in resting phase for longer periods than usual before falling out. You cannot do anything about it once the hair fall has started. Our hair grows in cycles and once the hair is in resting phase, it will eventually shed.

Once the hair fall cycle is over, hair grows back usually in about six months. According to trichologists Dubai telogen effluvium can take care of itself but it usually takes months for individuals to gain the hair back. Various treatments can be taken to minimize the extent of hair loss and stress management is vital to avoid this kind of hair fall.

Alopecia areata

It is an extreme type of hair loss. It is usually identified by sudden appearance of bald spots on the scalp. There are different opinions about the causes of alopecia areata. The most widely accepted opinion in this regards is that it is an autoimmune disorder. The white blood cells attack the follicles. Usually hair grows back when the underlying medical condition is treated.

Treating hair loss due to stress

The sure and sound way to treat stress induced hair loss is to manage your stress once you encounter it. It is easier said than done. Talk to a family member or friend or consult a specialist if you experience extreme stages of stress and depression.  Other than this minoxidil and propecia are FDA approved products for treating hair loss. The effective treatment of hair loss experienced due to stress lies in combination of hair loss treatments and hair growth boosters. And it is vital to treat the underlying issue which has triggered stress-induced hair loss.


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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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