Have you ever had a day that was so stressful, you declared that it was enough to make you want to pull your hair out? We’ve all heard that joke, and we’ve probably even made that joke—but there’s actually some truth behind it. Seasons of extreme stress can contribute to hair loss—and when that happens, it’s certainly nothing to joke about.
The good news is that, for as traumatic as stress-related hair loss can be, it’s not something you have to accept as permanent. There are treatments and solutions that can help curb the effects of hair loss, and help you to look and feel normal again.
The Link Between Stress and Hair Loss
But let’s start with some basics: How does stress lead to hair loss?
Your hair follicles are constantly alternating between a growth stage (where new hair is produced) and a rest stage (where you shed hairs to make room for new growth). This is a natural cycle, and it’s regulated by your hormones.
Periods of intense stress can cause your body to produce a surplus of hormones, however—which can in turn throw off that natural hair growth rhythm. This can lead to demonstrable thinning hair, usually two or three months after the stressful situation.
Ways to Cope with Stress-Induced Hair Loss
If you believe you’re losing your hair due to stress, the first thing to do is make sure you have effective habits in place to cope with that stress and to manage it constructively. Some brief tips:
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Ease off of sugar and caffeine as best you can.
- Make sure to get exercise daily, even if it’s just a quick walk around your block.
- Have someone you can talk to about the things that are stressing you out.
- Try yoga!
Sometimes, the hair you lose due to stress will grow back—but if you’re concerned that it won’t grow back, there are plenty of treatments that can give you full hair restoration. Here are some of the treatments we can offer here at Advanced Hair Solutions.
Laser hair regrowth. Laser hair therapy uses low-level laser emissions to stimulate new blood flow to the follicles—which can sometimes have the effect of triggering new growth. This is a safe, effective, FDA-approved treatment that you can perform yourself, in your own home, with one of our take-home laser products.
Trichology and scalp treatments. Natural scalp treatments, clinically calibrated to stimulate hair growth, can also be useful. Our stylists can meet with you and recommend a specific regimen of topical treatments.
Extensions. For women whose thinning hair has deprived them of the length or volume they’d like, extensions can be naturally integrated with growing hair to provide a seamless, full appearance.
Custom hair systems. For those whose hair loss is more extreme—and permanent—we can also provide custom hair systems. These allow you to once again enjoy a full and healthy head of hair in the color and style of your choosing—without the need for any kind of surgical intervention or awkward daily maintenance.
Learn More About Hair Loss Treatments and Solutions
We all have stressful days—and if your anxieties are causing you to lose your hair, you should know that there are steps you can take to once again look and feel like yourself. We’d love to tell you more. Contact Advanced Hair Solutions in Auburn Hills to schedule a FREE consultation appointment with us!