Becoming a parent incites a number of jokes; your friends tell you that with your new baby you will welcome permanent bags under your eyes and a head full of gray hairs. You know that becoming a parent means you will have more stress in your life than ever before, but what few people tell you is that your stress can cause extreme hair loss that makes your hair turning gray seem like a non-problem. All people lose approximately 100 hairs per day; this is perfectly normal and unnoticed. This happens regardless of the amount of stress in your life. However, it is up to you to notice when hair loss goes from normal to extreme in the wake of your stress levels.
As the stress in your life begins to increase you could notice a form of hair loss that isn’t necessarily hair loss so much as it is a change in your hair’s growing cycle. Stress can cause your hair to stop growing, lie flat and fall out in what seems like extreme amounts over the course of a few months before resuming its growing after nine or so months. Physical or emotional stress, such as the birth of a new baby, can cause this to happen. Unfortunately, this stress is often unavoidable because it occurs due to the excessive amounts of hormones in a woman’s body. However, it does correct itself over time.
A more extreme form of hair loss occurs when your stress is bigger than just that of everyday parenting or the welcoming of a new baby to your life. Alopecia occurs when your hair begins to fall out in large patches or all over your head. The only way to avoid or fix this excessive hair loss is to make significant lifestyle changes to rid yourself of the extreme stress causing your hair loss.
While it is up to debate whether or not stress is a factor in all forms of hair loss, it was recently discovered that human hair follicles are in a position where they can respond to stress. What this means is that while it is not known whether or not any one person’s hair loss is a direct result of stress – small children, after all are known to have alopecia and have very little stress to blame the loss on – it adds further weight to the idea that the hair follicles on your head can sense when you are stressed and respond to that stress by ceasing growing.
No matter what the reason for your hair loss, if you suspect your level of stress could be contributing to your thinning hair, bald spots or lack of growth you should consider making lifestyle changes. Reducing stress in your life may or may not help your hair problems but it never hurts to lead a more stress free lifestyle. You may even be surprised to find yourself with healthier, fuller hair.
Guest writer Noah Mann provides advice on hair loss treatment for women and men alike. (Did you know that 40% of women suffer from issues with hair growth? It isn’t just a male specific issue anymore.)