Stress affects our well-being in more ways than we realize, and one area where it can manifest is our hair.
Our hair health isn’t just determined by the products we use in our daily routines.
But how exactly does stress affect our hair?
- Telogen Effluvium
Stress can lead to a condition known as Telogen Effluvium, where an unusually large number of hair follicles are pushed into a resting phase. This results in significant hair shedding, often several months after the stressful event.
2. Hormonal Imbalance
When you’re stressed, your body releases hormones like cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormone. Elevated cortisol levels can disrupt the balance of hormones in your body. This can lead to hair-related issues like hair thinning and even premature greying.
3. Scalp Inflammation
Stress may lead to dryness, and flakiness, or exacerbate conditions like dandruff and psoriasis, all of which can also affect your hair.
4. Personal Habits
Some individuals under stress may excessively tug, twist, or pull at their hair as a coping mechanism, which can result in hair breakage and damage.
Here are some tips to help you maintain healthy hair and scalp, even while you’re under stress:
Incorporate practices like meditation, yoga, or even a simple daily walk to clear your mind.