Hair Truth or Myth: Can Extreme Stress Make Your Hair Fall Out?

Are stress and hair loss interlinked? We investigate.

First of all, take a deep breath in and out… Feel more relaxed? Good, because this one is true!

What you need to know is that hair loss is complex, with many factors that contribute. These include genetics, the environment, your overall health and, indeed, stress.

Alopecia Areata is one of several hair loss conditions. It can cause sudden loss of clumps of hair in different areas of the scalp. This is mostly due to your genetics but the condition can be triggered by severe stress.

This cause of hair loss is complicated and believed to partly be due to restricted oxygen reaching your follicles, meaning they can’t function and grow hair as normal.

Our Top Tips

1. Relax – do some yoga, take a bath, look at dog memes on Instagram, whatever you need to unwind.

2. Don’t brush your hair when wet as this can cause breakage and pull more hair out.

3. Use a thickening shampoo and conditioner if you feel your hair is on the thinner side.

Editor’s tip: Need a hair boost? The TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Shampoo and Conditioner is infused with collagen and glycerine to help visually plump up the appearance of your tresses.

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