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Stress and Hair Loss

April 2nd, 2021

There are many reasons you can experience hair loss. Stress can be one of the main causes, , but hair loss from stress is not necessarily permanent. As you get your stress under control, stress-related hair loss can improve. Your doctor’s advice can be helpful in addressing these issues.

How do I know my hair is falling out due to stress?

To say that the past 365 days have been stressful, would be an understatement. So, it is no surprise that increased incidents of hair loss are being reported. “Stress can lead to hair shedding, a medical condition known as telogen effluvium,” says board-certified dermatologist and hair restoration expert Dr. Christine Shaver. “The best way to combat this is through coping mechanisms that can provide outlets for your stress.”

Try one of these ways to relieve stress:

  • Exercise (even walking on stairs in your building or local park)
  • Talking with loved ones
  • Reading
  • Meditating
  • Eating a healthy diet

Once the stressors are managed, the hair will subsequently respond by not shedding further and eventually regrow. It is important to know that reversing telogen effluvium generally takes 1-3 months for the shedding to stop and it can take 1-2 years after the stressor has been managed for the hair to completely regrow. Be patient and try to promote and practice a healthy lifestyle.

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