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Can Stress Cause Baldness?

Stressed out bald man

Have you been feeling stressed out lately?

Perhaps you’ve noticed your hair shedding or falling out more than usual when you undergo prolonged periods of stress. 

You might think that hair loss or baldness is caused solely by genetics or hormones. Stress can be a large contributing factor in hair loss for both males and females. So, the short answer is yes, stress can cause or lead to baldness, but it is not the only contributing factor. 

There are three main types of hair loss which can eventually lead to baldness. Each of these can be made significantly worse by, or even triggered by stress. The three main types of hair loss include alopecia areata, trichotillomania and telogen effluvium. 

Fortunately, hair loss which is caused by stress is normally temporary and the hair will eventually grow back, provided you are not suffering from a hair loss condition. Baldness and hair loss are natural as we get older. However, it is worth consulting your doctor should you notice anything alarming.

How Can Stress Cause Baldness?

When we think of stress, we often associate it with feelings which are psychological and mental. But stress can also have many physical effects on one’s body. The symptoms of stress are endless, with symptoms varying from person to person. 

Some of the most common symptoms of stress are insomnia, headaches and muscle tension. In extreme cases, stress can lead to panic attacks and even heart problems.

Generally, when we are stressed, our body will release stress hormones. However, when we are stressed for long periods, or suffering from chronic stress, our bodies will have an excess of stress hormones, which can eventually lead to or cause baldness and hair loss.

In extreme cases, large amounts of stress can cause our hair follicles to shift from a growth phase to a premature resting phase. This is why you may find your hair shedding more often during phases of increased stress.

It should be noted that there are a significant number of other factors which can contribute to baldness or hair loss. 

Manage Your Stress

If you think your hair loss or baldness is caused by stress, there are several things you can do to drastically reduce your stress levels, hopefully slowing or diminishing the rate at which your hair is falling out. Some great ways to reduce and manage your stress levels include:

  • Start exercising and being more active
  • Reduce your caffeine intake
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet
  • Take some time off from work
  • Try to identify any situations which are causing you to stress, how can you tackle these?
  • Talk to people who care about you about why you’re stressed

Scalp Micro Pigmentation Might Be The Answer You’ve Been Searching For

If you are struggling to combat your baldness or hair loss and it is starting to negatively impact your confidence, then you might want to consider something like scalp micro pigmentation (SMP). Scalp micro pigmentation is a cosmetic procedure which involves tattooing pigmentation into the scalp using microneedles. 

The result is similar to a closely shaved hairstyle. The procedure aims at mimicking hair follicles. Scalp pigmentation is matched to the clients’ skin tone and hair colour choice. 

It should be noted that this procedure is purely cosmetic, and will not have any effect in combating baldness or hair loss, however, many people are often extremely happy with the results as they help to create a natural-looking close shaved hairstyle, greatly improving the look of their hair loss or baldness.  

Skalp has clinics around the world. We have clinics in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Dublin as well as New York and Los Angeles.

Book an appointment for a complimentary consultation today

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