Not every cause of hair loss is tangible – your body health can affect your hair too! When you’re experiencing chronic stress, your hair growth becomes impaired as a result. It’s not just from any stress – it’s from extreme or prolonged stressful events such as: loss of a loved one, loss of employment, COVID or any extreme illness, etc. Hair loss caused by stress is a result of your body shifting its focus on only your survival so you make it through such a tumultuous time. See below how this process affects your follicles!
HOW IT WORKS
Severe and prolonged stress forces your body to go into survival mode. This results in overproducing cortisol, your body’s built-in alarm system that tells your body to run on high alert! Unfortunately, this means your body abandons non-essential functions, such as regenerating follicles, in order to make it through the stress. When your hair growth takes a back seat, they’re forced into a resting phase and no longer regrow!
Commonly, your follicles regenerate their cells to grow fresh hair. After growing over the course of 3 months, your hair finishes + enters a resting phase when it is ready to shed and make way for new growth. On average, only 10-15% of your hair enters the resting phase at the same time. However, severe stress cuts your strands’ journeys short by starting the resting phase prematurely. This results in an excess amount of hair shedding in 3 months than expected. Depending on the way your body responds to stress, it could result to 3 hair loss issues:
1. TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM
3. ALOPECIA AREATA
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. FOCUS ON THE REGROWTH
2. SPOIL YOUR SCALP
3. COMBAT STRESS
Moving forward, the best thing we can take from the experience is what we can do to make coping easier. See what mindful practices work best for you and your lifestyle, in order to combat high levels of stress when you feel it creeping in! See some mindful practices below.
Get your body moving to release tension + promote endorphins!
Talk to a professional
Verbal release can make it easier to let go of the intangible burdens and relieve internal pressure.
Diet + Nutrition
Spoil yourself with healthy, energizing + nourishing foods and vitamins! When your body is at its best, your hair will be too. Click here to read more!
As you + your scalp recover, be gentle in the process! Take your time massaging your scalp, handle it gently + treat your hair with care. This means easing up on aggressive habits such as styling, towel drying and tight hairstyles.
WHAT YOU CAN USE
Built with nourishing herbs and oils, our Rosemary Scalp Treatment gently restores your follicles and strengthens new hair growth. With weekly use, this lightweight oil will hydrate your scalp to combat breakage + hair thinning. It strengthens your existing follicles to improve hair retention, and reactivates resting follicles to increase overall hair count! On a molecular level, this herbal blend combats the DHT hormone responsible for inhibiting hair growth + miniaturizing follicles. As it prevents DHT from overproducing and latching onto your follicles, our Rosemary Scalp Treatment directly improves hair anchoring + nourishment, impacting its thickness and overall density. Make your regrowth even better than before with this gentle oil formulation!
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