Stress: The Reason for Thinning Hair
Stress affects our normal hair growth cycle
The normal individual loses roughly 100 hairs every day. When we look at that number and how much hairs that are on a human head (~150,000) those hairs aren’t even noticeable especially since we are also producing hairs as part of the hair growth cycle.
The hair growth cycle essentially is when a hair develops and then at a certain point quits developing, and then at an even later point completely falls out.
Hair Life Process
The development stage, scientifically known as “anagen” of a human hair can last two to six years. During this time hair can continue to grow up until the maximum of six years where your hair will eventually fall out naturally. Different parts of our head and hair have also different life spans. When spread out to your entire head, some hairs will last longer than others but at any given time the estimated count of active developing hairs is roughly 150,000. After anagen (developing phase), a hair goes into the scientific term called “catagen”, which is when the hair follicle begins to shrink during an exceptionally short stage lasting just about three days. Interesting after the catagen phase comes the “telogen”, which is basically when the hair just idles and does nothing at all. And then, finally, “exogen” is the scientific term when it drops out.
Thinning Hair Because of Stress
Stress is thought to affect this hair growth sequence, causing balding because of the change of the time frame in development phase (“anagen”). As opposed to hair growing in its natural hair growth phase, stress seems to tire hair follicles causing some hairs to begin to enter the resting stage (“catagen”). Simultaneously, these hairs drop prematurely together with other hairs essentially thinning the hair at the scalp.
Thinning Hair for Women
Mass shedding is frequently seen after Women give birth. Changes in the body and hormones affect the regular hair growth process and could cause thinning hair for females. Post-pregnancy thinning hair might also occur due to the fact of a change in the hormones which alter the normal hair growth cycle phase. This is known as “Telogen Effluvium” and occurs mostly in females due to hormonal changes which cause the hair cycle to change.
Telogen Effluvium is not only affected by hormonal changes and there can be many underlying factors that affect the hair growth cycle, these include: Severe stress, weight loss, drugs and poor diet causes hair loss.
Anything that can cause the body to have an imbalance or change it’s normal ways of operation can essentially cause hair loss.
Treating telogen effluvium usually will depend on what is determined to be abrupting your normal hair growth cycle. For example, if it's stress, use methods to relax and meditate. If it's weight loss ensure you are eating all the right foods to nourish your body. And so on.