WHY IS HAIR SO STRESSFUL?

Hair shedding can be stressful by itself.  Hair loss can send a person into a small state of depression.  When we hear or think about any of the two, it doesn’t place us in our happy place at all.  Let’s face it, the majority of us are either trying to grow hair, thicken hair, replace what we didn’t have, or what we use to have.  My favorite, “I’m just trying to keep the hair that I got.”  There are 2 questions that have been asked to me many times, “Why is hair so stressful?”; and “Can stress damage or make your hair fall out?”

Hair is not stressful.  It’s the other way around.  We stress our own hair.  It’s important to know and learn about your hair.  It is also important to accept the things about your hair and knowing what you can and cannot do with your hair.  Everyone’s hair is different, which consists of special attention.  To do this, you must have a hairstylist that will give you the proper consultation, and build a proper and professional relationship with your hair.  Although we all have different hair, we all have one thing in common.  We all shed hair daily.  On average, you will shed at least 50 to 100 strands a day.  In my opinion the longer the hair the easier the notice on hair shedding.  Some people shed more than others.

Hair Life Cycle

The shed is normal.  Our hair goes through a 3-stage hair life cycle.  The Anagen stage, which is the active growing stage of the hair. The Catagen stage is the transition stage. This is the stage that the hair stops growing and detaches from the nurturing blood supply.  Finally, you have the Telagen stage.  This is the final stage that the hair strand is fully detached from the food supply of the head.  This is known as the resting phase, which we consider the shedding phase.    This is also known as the resting stage because new hair is now replacing the old hair, pushing the old hair out of the scalp. However, stress can cause the new hair to prolong its growth, or not grow at all due to low to no blood flow.  This type of stress is called Telogen Effluvium.

Many of us have Telogen Effluvium and don’t realize it.  I like to call telogen effluvium TE: Totally Effed.  TE is when life has taken an unexpected turn.  It can be a divorce, lost loved one or any unexpected challenges that may need more strength to fix than gorilla glue.  When your physical body is completely healthy, some of us may have TE at such a small stage that we don’t notice it happening.

Other stressful hair loss can be due to unknown health challenges like thyroid, cancer, high blood pressure, or other types of health conditions.  Our hair can become stress out because our body is fighting off an illness that we are unaware of.  At 95%, our hair and scalp can be S.O.S sign to us that your body needs medical help.  In majority cases, your hairstylist will be able to notify this type of hair symptom to you based on the relationship he/she has built with your hair and scalp.  Being on medication is another, yet different type of stress that can cause hair loss.  Medication, rather notified in side effect listings or not, can stress the blood flow, blood circulation, and nutrition needed for hair follicles.  This type of stress can weaken and slow the strength and growth of the hair. 

Natural Hair Loss can be stressful but is not caused by stress.  Male and female pattern baldness is called androgenetic alone is.  This is caused by genetically and hormones.  It can also affect male teenagers.  Women can usually get it after menopause.  Alopecia Aereta is a hair loss conditionthat is caused by genetics.  You will see baldness in patches and loss of hair on other areas of the body such as beards and eyebrows.  This can happen during childhood and environmental factors. 

Natural hair loss can sometimes be treated. Using Scalp Therapy Shampoo and Scalp Therapy Conditioner can help give natural nutrients, giving relief that your hair follicles and scalp needs. Scalp Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner is a power punch duo. This duo was handcrafted to relieve and heal dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis. The secret to this heavy-hitting duo is has a natural built-in formula made with turmeric, smoke cayenne, red clover, and neem seed oil to help release the stress from the hair and scalp rejuvenating the circulation of the bloodstream.

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Although natural hair loss can be helped, natural hair loss, being on medication, and unknown health conditions can also cause telogen effluvium, which can be TE because we tend to stress about these situations. This problem only makes the situation worse causing other problems and most importantly to this article cause your hair loss to rapidly happen. Natural hair loss does have help. Having TE can fight against it causing it not to be helpful. The only cure and remedy to stress are to calm TE down.

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