Everyone gets stressed ; male and female. Stress, although a normal part of life has serious adverse effects on the body, including the hair. The last thing on your mind while stressed is what you, or your hair looks like. This in itself is also a problem.
We all hear how harmful stress is to the health. We also hear advises on reducing or managing stress. However, it is much more difficult to do than it seems, especially when you have a lot of work to do.
What stress does is alter the functionality of the body hormones. This happens because the hormones are up to handling what looks like a problem in the body system, as a result of the stress, abandoning its routine functions. As a result, lots of changes take place, which disrupts normal body function. The hair is just one part that is greatly affected by these unwelcome alterations. Obviously, we usually would not think about this while getting involved with lots of strenuous activities. It would however, be beneficial if you would pay a little more attention to the effect this is having on your health.
Below, the effects of stress on the hair will be discussed. Hopefully, you see the importance of toning down, closing your eyes and resting as often as possible. This way, you improve on your hair care
Effects of stress on the hair
1. Scalp Problems
The effect stress has on your scalp is utterly disastrous. It can affect the hair follicles by reason of inflammations or rashes that are as a result of the effects of stress on the skin. Dandruff and itching could also be caused by stress. It occurs when the hormones are affected as a result of constant stress. This in turn leads to an upsetting of the scalp’s micro-flora. With the micro-flora upset, itching and flakes could be a result as bacteria easily thrives. The scalp’s surface could suffer from abrasions as a result of the constant scratching. Stress also has the potential to raise androgen levels. When this happens, more oil than usual is produced on the scalp, leading to a limp and greasy root.
It is advised that you speak to a doctor if you notice any of these signs. You will also need to pay closer attention to your skin as a whole. Find products that will soothe the skin and improve your intake of vitamins, it helps clear the scalp to improve proper blood flow and healthy hair.
2. Graying of Hair
It is indeed true that constant stress could cause the hair to gray faster. The colouring of the hair is as a result of the production of melanin. This means that the ceasing of melanin production is what causes the hair to gray. With constant stress, melanin production is stopped, leading to loss of colour of the hair. The colour of the hair is not usually lost as a result of stress, but constant stress will trigger the stop of melanin production, especially extremely high levels of stress.
3. Weakens Hair
It has been expressly said that the functions of the hormones of the body are altered as a result of the stress the body is exposed to. As a result of this, the hair can become weak. This usually occurs when the immune system begins to fail. It also occurs when sleep becomes irregular and abnormal. With the weakness of the hair comes its vulnerability to toxins which are unhealthy. Because little can be done about the toxins as a result of the failing of the immune system , the hair may begin to go beyond just weakening and eventually start falling off. It may also appear dull-looking.
4. Hair Thinning
As a result of hormonal malfunctions caused by stress, the texture of the hair can become different. A person with thick, strong hair could notice hair thinning. This is because the hair ceases to do much growth and goes into a resting duration for an extended period of time. This is certainly not permanent and can be remedied by de-stressing and making sure you are conscious of your stress levels.
5. Reduced Volume of Hair
Androgen is a male hormone that is also found slightly in females. When the body is stressed, the androgen levels shoot up, affecting the hair growth, strength and volume. The ones who have it worse are those whose scalps are already too sensitive to normal androgen levels. With the sensitivity comes production of hair with shorter lengths, thinner diameters and reduced volume over all. Stress is definitely not the sole reason for reduction in hair volume, it does worsen it however.
6. Hair Loss
It is an obvious fact that feeding habits are greatly affected by stress. Foods with less nutritional value are often consumed in such state, or appetite could be lost. Sometimes, it may become difficult for the body to absorb vital nutrients or digest important foods. Malnutrition is a major cause of hair loss in women today. Adrenaline production is also increased as a result of stress, leading to its conversion into cholesterol. Cholesterol has the potential to increase the testosterone(androgen) levels of the body. Androgen has damaging effects on the hair and can lead to hair loss too.
Tips on Stress Management
1. Slow Down
“What do you mean slow down? Who’s going to do all the work if I don’t? “. Nobody says you should stop working, you should just take it easy. For example, if you have a lot of emails pending, try breaking them into batches. That way, you’ll reply without all the pressure. Also try to be early every where you have to be, so you don’t have to worry about always being in a hurry.
2. Always Get Good Sleep as Often as you can
Whether you work better at night or not, this does not give you the right to skip sleep. Even if you do have a lot of work to do, pick specific days you would devote to going to bed on time and getting enough sleep. It could be 4times a week. That way, you don’t break down and cause your hair to suffer.
3. Eat Healthy
A healthy meal regularly will not only help you feel better, it would help you even become more productive – this way you don’t fall behind on work and try to expend so much energy. Vegetables, fruit, proteins and whole grains are foods you should go for. Skipping meals could cause you to become weak easily and make you lose concentration too, these could increase your stress.
4. Exercise Regularly
This doesn’t have to be everyday. Three days in a week is fine. Exercising will help you feel better and improve your moods. It will also keep you strong and healthy.
Stress is certainly not healthy for you, and your hair. Take special care to be sure you don’t slip back into the careless lifestyle stress puts you through. Your hair will thank you!