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Control Stress Related Hair Loss

Control Stress Related Hair Loss

Can stress be related to hair loss?  Yes. According to Medline Plus. Maintaining stress levels is the first step to controlling stress-related hair loss. There are three types of hair loss that can be associated to high stress levels.
Telogen effluvium: In telogen effluvium, significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hairs might fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.

Trichotillomania: Trichotillomania is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, tension, loneliness, boredom or frustration.

Alopecia areata:  A variety of factors are thought to cause alopecia areata, possibly including severe stress. With alopecia areata, the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles which causes hair loss.

Knowing what type of hair loss you are experiencing can assist in the control of hair loss. Hair loss due to stress is extremely common, especially with type 3/4 hair types. Like any other part of your body, hair needs a variety of nutrients to be healthy and grow. Hair loss can be linked to many nutritional deficiencies and stress can often exacerbate the problem.
Controlling hair loss can start with vitamins that assist in hair growth. Vitamins like Biotin, Iron, Vitamins D and C, and Zinc. Incorporating these essential vitamins will promote hair growth and overall health.
Vitamins B7 or Biotin is known for the growth of hair, skin and nails.
Low levels of it can cause hair loss, skin rashes, and brittle nails. 

Red blood cells need iron to carry oxygen.

Low levels can cause iron deficancy anemia,

Low iron can causes hair to be deprived of oxygen, which leaves hair dry and brittle.

     Vitamin C:

  Vitamin C is essential for your gut to absorb iron.

It also assists to manage stress caused by free radicals.


          Vitamin D:

 Vitamin D is known to be important for bones.

But did you know that low levels of it are linked to hair loss?


Zinc can play an important role in creating proteins in your hair and other cells. Signs of low zinc levels include hair loss, slower healing process with wounds, and a weak sense of taste or smell.

Incorprating vitamins and managing your stress is one of the first steps you can take to prevent and control stress related hairloss, Next steps you can take would be to be mindful of ingredients in your hair products and healthy eating.  If you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or more than usual hair loss consult your doctor. Sudden hair loss can signal an underlying medical condition that requires treatment.
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