By: Zenobia Harris
Many people may not associate emotional health with physical. However, these two forms of health are intrinsically linked to one another, and therefore how we deal with emotions from day to day impacts our overall well-being.
For example, happiness promotes a healthy heart and immune system, while stress and anger promotes--well--the opposite. Negative emotions like stress can impact everything from our blood pressure, weight,sleep, digestion, and in some cases, it can bring about extreme hair loss with your hair becoming brittle and shedding more than usual.
There are three types of extreme hair loss that can be linked to stress: telogen effluvium (TEL-o-jun uh-FLOO-vee-um), trichotillomania (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh), and alopecia areata (al-o-PEE-she-uh ar-e-A-tuh).
Generally, our hair will grow for a few years and rest for a few months which results in shedding and regrowth. Telogen effluvium, a type of non-scarring alopecia, occurs when certain medications or some sort of hormonal or metabolic stress pushes hair follicles into a premature resting phase. The hairs may not fall out suddenly, but could come out at a later time when combing or washing the hair. Generally the hair grows back in most cases within six months time.
Trichotillomania, or hair-pulling disorder, is an impulse control disorder in which one pulls out hairs from the scalp, eyebrows, or other parts of the body. This disorder can develop after a person is placed in a situation of high stress or anxiety. It can start in childhood and last well into adulthood if left untreated. Therapy and medications are the best ways for a person with trichotillomania to deal with the disorder.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that results in the body attacking the hair follicles which causes extreme hair loss. There are many factors attributed to alopecia areata, one factor being severe stress. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in large amounts sometimes all over the body. This type of hair condition is unpredictable, and hair can grow in and fall back out at any point in a person’s life.
Extreme cases of hair loss require professional medical attention, but there are some things that can be done to prevent light to moderate hair loss aligned with stress. There are many simple life changes that one can make that can reduce your stress levels and thereby help reduce the damage that stress can have on your strands. Things as simple as getting a good night’s sleep, eating the right foods, expressing our emotions in appropriate ways, therapy and even meditating can all bring about positive changes in our life and our hair health. Curl V values the importance of healthy, positive living, and we are dedicated to providing our customers with a way to maintain a healthy head of hair and lifestyle.