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Preventing Hair-Loss: Reduce Stress (Part II)

Daniel Garcia-Decoteau

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Humans lose on average 100-150 hair follicles per day. Hair grows at an average of ½ inch per month.

Let that sink in for a moment.

An increase in the amount lost or a slowing down of growth results in two words: hair-loss.

"Bald" is a hairstyle that many men dread. We will be compiling, over the next few weeks, a series that helps minimize hair loss caused by a multitude of different factors. Today, we're looking at one of the more logical explanations for increasing lost hair: reduce the amount of stress in your life.

It's true - stress does indeed cause conditions that contribute to hair loss. This can include:

  • Alopecia Areata - Sudden loss of large clumps of hair in areas around your scalp.
  • Telogen Effluvium (as mentioned in our previous blog post) - A condition where more hairs than normal prepare to fall out.
  • Trichotillomania - This is a habitual condition caused by stress and anxiety where the person pulls out hairs without realizing it.

Although a large majority of hair loss caused by stress and anxiety is caused by telogen effluvium, or simply stress weakened hair. But the other two are also a concern and affect a smaller percentage of the anxiety population.

You can help reduce stress by participating in activities that bring you joy, such as cooking, listening to music and beyond. If you're feeling over stressed at any point, take some time to relax. Your hair will thank you!