Stress and Your Hair – Is There a Connection?

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We often hear about the effects of stress on your insides, including upset stomach, rapid heartbeat, and sleeplessness. However, a lot of people tend to overlook how stress can also affect what you can see on the outside, and we’re not just talking about skin problems. Stress can affect your hair and scalp.

Think about it – how many times have you felt your scalp getting itchier or more sensitive right before a stressful event like a job interview, final exams, or even a date? Or perhaps you have noticed more hair caught up in your brush or on the tub when you’re stressed about work. While you may not have made the connection at once, you might realize now, that there can really be a connection between stress and what’s happening on your scalp and hair.

Hair Loss as a Stress Symptom

Like we mentioned above, a major physical or psychological stress like divorce, childbirth, surgery, or even the passing of a loved one can affect your entire body and can potentially cause your hair to fall out in thick clumps. Sometimes even hormonal changes that are caused by starting or stopping birth control pills can have this effect. Deficiency in nutrients like vitamins B and D, magnesium, iron, protein, and fatty acids can make the problem worse.

Dry and Itchy Scalp Caused by Stress

Whether you’ve been working late for months now or handling a personal crisis for quite some time, your stress levels can also boost the production of certain hormones in your body that release pro-inflammatory chemicals that can possibly compromise the barrier function of your scalp. What it means is it’s going to be easier for your scalp to lose moisture so it can get drier. Irritants can also get in and cause more itching. In some cases, even using hair products that have never been considered irritants can cause uncomfortable reactions.

These two are the most common manifestations of stress on your hair and scalp. Worse than these symptoms are the feeling of frustration and self-consciousness one can feel when they notice them – yet another thing to stress about.  It is important that while you work on handling stress better or eliminating their cause, you’re also working on keeping your confidence.

La Crowne hair extensions can help you gain that confidence. Our hair extensions can give your hair length and volume so hair loss won’t be so noticeable. With La Crowne, the way your hair looks is one less thing you need to stress about!