Stress is bad for hair. The more you stress, the more likely you are to have hair that comes in thin or falls out too soon. Life is full of stress. The news does not make it any easier in today’s pandemic. It is normal to have and feel stress. Yet, when you are facing it, it is also important to work on managing stress, so it does not have a harmful effect on your body (and your hair).
You cannot make all of the stress in your life go away. You can, however, work to combat it. You may have trouble at work or be worried about a loved one’s health. You cannot control those things, but you can work to reduce what that stress is doing to you.
- Go for a walk outside. The fresh air, sun, and overall presence of nature will help you feel better.
- Eat a healthy diet. Increase the number of vegetables and fruits you are eating. Eliminate eating processed foods.
- Take a supplement. This can help you to get more of the nutrients your body needs on a consistent basis to fight stress-related complications.
Until you work to combat the stress, it is going to continue to cause problems for you and lead to increased amounts of hair shedding or hair loss. Dealing with stress may also require getting help from a mental health professional or finding a solution to those stress factors. You may need to make changes in your life. Listen to what your body is telling you it needs.
Work to Support Your Hair
While managing stress is often a personal and mental health need, you also can do a few things to ensure your hair remains as healthy as possible. To do that, consider a few strategies.
Reduce the Stress on Your Hair: One of the best ways to do this is simply to stop any additional stress your hair. Avoid using so many chemical-based products and processes to your hair. Do not use as much heat when trying to curl your hair.
Increase Moisturizing Support: You can also work to increase the amount of moisture getting to your scalp. Inflammation can develop along the follicles, often leading to the onset of hair loss. With proper moisture, you can reduce some of this risk.
Take Care of You: Now that we are in Phase 2 of New York Forwards, get in to see your hairstylist. Allow these professionals to give you the help and support you need for keeping your hair healthy. You may be able to network with your stylist online if you cannot get in to see them personally.
Manage Your Hair Loss with Care
If you are seeing some hair loss, and you know it is from stress, there is some good news. Most of the time, once the stress is reduced, your natural hair growth will continue. You are also likely to see the normal hair growth cycle continue. This may take three to nine months to occur.
In the meantime, it may be time to consider some alternative hairstyles. You may be able to style your hair in a new way to take some of the pressure off of it. For example, skip the ponytails and buns for a while – this can increase the amount of hair loss you have. You also may want to work with your hairstylist to come up with new styling techniques to help you hide areas of thinning if you have them.
If you really do not like the way your hair has thinned, that’s okay. You can invest in a hair topper or volumizer to help give you the look you want. There are many options available, and the best quality are outstanding when it comes to looking natural. Why not have a new you for a few months while you wait for your hair to come back in?
Taking these steps and working closely with a hair professional, it is possible to have the beautiful hair you desire again. For your overall health, work to reduce the stress you have in your life as aggressively as possible. This can improve your quality of life, not just the amount of hair loss you have.
To learn more about the treatments and options available for your hair situation, contact the team at Unique Hair Concepts for a complimentary and private consultation.