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Understanding the Connection Between Stress and Hair Loss

Hair loss and stress can be related. Find out the connection between the two, how to identify the stress-related hair loss and the available treatments.

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Hair loss can stem from various factors, including trauma, infections, skin conditions, autoimmune diseases, and genetics. However, stress plays a significant role in the most common form of hair loss, known as androgenetic alopecia, which affects both men and women. In this article, we’ll delve into the link between stress and hair loss, highlighting stress’s impact on our well-being and exploring its psychological implications.

The Connection Between Stress and Hair Loss

Stress, often seen as an eternal nemesis, affects us physically and psychologically. It serves as a catalyst for numerous health issues, including hair loss. Interestingly, stress intensifies the condition and contributes to thinning, creating a direct association between our stress levels and the health of our hair.

Understanding the Hair Growth Cycle

To comprehend how stress impacts hair loss, it’s essential to understand the natural cycle of the scalp [1], which is made up of three stages:

1. Growth Stage (Anagen): Lasting from 2 to 6 years, this phase sees the hair lengthening and thriving.

2. Transition Stage (Catagen): A brief 1 to 2-week period where the hair follicles shrink, preparing for shedding.

3. Resting Stage (Telogen): Taking place over 5 to 6 weeks, this stage involves hair falling out naturally.

The Vicious Cycle of Stress and Hair Loss

During times of heightened stress, a significant portion of our hair tends to enter the resting stage, resulting in hair loss and widespread thinning. This sets off a vicious cycle where stress triggers hair loss, which, in turn, adds to the stress and can worsen the condition.

Identifying Stress-Related Hair Loss

Stress-induced hair loss often presents itself through noticeable clinical features. Alopecia areata serves as a prime example, representing an autoimmune disorder that affects hair follicles and causes hair loss. It initially manifests as circular patches of severe hair loss, commonly found on the head but occasionally affecting other areas such as eyebrows. Patients with this condition may experience episodes of significant hair loss followed by periods of regrowth.

Treating Stress-Related Hair Loss

Various solutions and treatments have been developed to address hair loss caused by stress. Popular options include hair transplantation, non-invasive approaches like autologous PRP mesotherapy, specialised shampoos, dietary supplements [1], and medications such as Minoxidil lotion or Finasteride pills. At Seneca Medical Group, we are dedicated to assisting patients in combatting scalp thinning and regaining their self-confidence.

Discover Effective Hair Loss Treatments

If you’re experiencing early-stage hair loss or seeking ways to delay further thining, autologous PRP hair mesotherapy could be the answer for you. Seneca clinics provide this treatment that strengthens the scalp. For comprehensive and lasting hair loss solutions, we offer Direct FUE hair transplantation [1] – a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthesia. Our certified physicians, trained by the esteemed Seneca Training Academy, adhere to rigorous quality standards to ensure natural-looking results, minimal discomfort, no scarring, and swift recovery.

Your Hair Loss Solution

Don’t hesitate to contact Seneca Medical Group today to find the solution that addresses your hair loss concerns. Our experienced team is committed to helping you regain your confidence and achieve optimal results.

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