Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stress and hair loss

How many times when you are stressed out or aggravated do you feel like pulling out your hair? When you are stressed do you realize you are cutting out the middle man?

According to, when we get stressed it could cause us to experience one of two types of hair loss.

1.) Telogen Effluvium: is the most common and less severe type of hair loss. The hair stops growing and lies dormant, only to fall out 2 or 3 months later. It eventually grows back 6 to 9 months later.

2.) Alopecia Areata: involves a white blood cell attack on the hair follicles. The hair usually falls out in patches within a few weeks of the blood cell attack and could involve the entire scalp and even body hair. Treatment may be required and it is possible for the hair to grow back on its own.

"The condition of a person's hair can tell you a lot about stress levels in their lives. Happiness and serenity in a person's life will be reflected by healthy looking, shiny hair. However, those with dry, lifeless, poor hair are likely encountering a depressing situation and are struggling to adapt," the medical news today said.

An interesting fact: claims that the biggest cause of hair loss for women when it comes to stress is during pregnancy. Around 45% of pregnant mothers experience hair loss due to stress during pregnancy.

If you are experiencing hair loss due to stress try not to worry too much about it. It will only make you stress out more and you will be creating a cycle for the problem. If you would like an expert opinion on a hair loss problem contact a board certified dermatologist.