By the statistics, thinning hair had affected one third of women in the world. And the trend to be on the lookout for is that female hair loss because of emotional or physical stress has accounted for a growing share in recent years although other common causes include hypothyroidism, poor diet, iron deficiency anemia, weight loss, excessive styling, and so on. There is just one consolation – thinning hair in women due to stress can be a temporary health problem. In this case, at most it takes a few months to grow back.
The effects of stress and anxiety on hair
Stress-related hair loss is often psychogenic. That’s to say, stress can contract the arrector pili muscles, make hair erect, and congest scalp tissue with blood, which thereby leads to poor blood flow and the contraction of capillaries that deliver nutrients. As a result, the local blood circulation disorder will cause changes in the ecological environment and malnutrition.
In fact, emotional stress, depression, fear or severe insomnia can cause neurological disorders. As mentioned above, neurological disorders can cause capillaries in a constant state of contraction and make the follicles fail to get adequate blood supply. Since scalp is located on top of the body, this area is most likely to get fewer nutrients. If the stress continues and the person has a poor ability to handle stressful situations and deal with anxiety, the hair will begin to become brittle and easy to thin out.
Psychological factors may also seriously affect the hair growth cycle too. In fact, shorter growth cycles can be triggered by prolonged eye fatigue, irritation or anxiety, excessive mental stress, nervousness, staying up late, etc.
In addition, mental stress makes people prone to seborrheic alopecia. As the most developed sebaceous glands of human body, sebaceous glands on the scalp will become extremely active in secretion when the person is in stress and the brain consumes a lot of energy. In other words, stress is very likely to cause seborrheic dermatitis, which will eventually cause thinning if it is left untreated.
How to prevent hair loss due to stress?
Since it is triggered by stress, it is a good idea to learn how to manage this trigger effectively. To put it simply, it helps by maintaining a routine, ensuring adequate sleep, reducing stress levels, remaining optimistic, taking good care of the scalp, and so on. And here are some tips that can be of help.
1. Scalp massage. By frequently doing so, it provides relaxation and stimulates the growth. This is because massaging the scalp can promote head blood circulation to make hair follicles get the nutrients necessary for the growth and prolonged lifespan. And facts have proved that massaging the scalp for 5 minutes per day can effectively promote blood circulation and then prevent hair loss;
2. Plenty of sleep. If the person gets enough sleep at night, it will promote the normal metabolism of skin. The metabolism of the human follicle runs at night, especially from 23:00 to 3:00. Enough sleep during this period ensures the normal metabolism while a metabolic disorder will make people lose their hair.
3. Proper maintenance. If you are seeking strong, thick hair or wanting to bring yours back to life, you have to properly wash and brush yours. On the one hand, don’t shampoo too much or too little. In generally, it makes sense to do 3 to 4 times a week in summer, or 1 to 2 times a week in winter. And it is best to make the water temperature at about 40°C. On the other hand, wooden comb and boar bristle brushes are preferable since they are good for removing dandruff, strengthen and add natural shine, and promote blood circulation.
4. A good mood. Feelings of anxiety can cause thinning hair. When people feel more depressed, theirs tend to fall more quickly. But this problem can be greatly relieved by more exercises, an attitude adjustment, reduction of stress, and so on. So, try to cheer yourself when you are down if you want to regrow your own hair.