When asked, “What do you think causes your hair loss?” the majority of people answer that “heredity” and “stress” are the causes.
So, does stress really promote hair loss?
The answer is “yes. Stress can promote hair loss.
When a person is under intense stress, signs appear in the most vulnerable parts of the body. A person with stomach pain or stomach ulcers would have the weakest stomach, a person with a weak liver would have hepatitis, etc. When it comes to the hair, it promotes hair loss and alopecia.
Stress-induced hair loss “alopecia areata
A prominent example of stress-induced hair loss is circular hair loss. Although it varies from person to person, stress causes an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system, disrupting the hair cycle and resulting in circular hair loss. As those who have experienced it may know, most people discover circular hair loss one day out of the blue. In other words, people who suffer from alopecia areata rarely have any subjective symptoms. However, there is no need to worry too much, as it will go away once the stress subsides.
Some people go “gray.”
Stress can cause some people to go gray.
When a person is subjected to strong stress such as fear or pressure for a long time, melanocytes, which activate pigment cells, are altered, resulting in graying of the hair. For example, there is a story of an engineer who was sent overseas for work and was unable to develop a satisfactory product by the deadline, and was blamed so much by the client that his black hair turned completely gray when he returned to Japan because of the continuous pressure he was under.
Find a stress reliever that works for you!
In this day and age, it may not be possible to avoid stress 100% of the time, but it is important for your body and your hair to find your own ways to avoid stress. Find a solution that works for you.