Effects Stress Has on Hair: 5 Ways Stress Can be Impacting Your Hair Goals

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Everyone feels stressed at some point in their life. Unfortunately, it’s a feeling a lot of us know all too well these days. Whether it’s over a small problem that’s over in a day or a long-term issue, we have to remember that stress is just temporary. Even so, however, we can still feel and see the effects stress has on our bodies, especially our hair. It’s important to recognize the effects stress has on hair so we can work to de-stress and prevent these effects from happening. Read on for a few tips:

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Scalp scrubs and serums are perfect for helping to treat this!

1. The Hair Loss Effects Stress Has on Your Hair

A fluctuation in hormones to alopecia areata to trichotillomania are just a few of the reasons hair loss can be seen as an effect of stress. All three conditions can be triggered by additional stress you feel, which results in a loss of hair.

The hair loss you may experience can be anything from losing a few more extra strands than normal to seeing large clumps of hair or experiencing “shrinking ponytail syndrome.” This can be pretty unsettling if you’ve never experienced it before. If you’re dealing with hair loss and think it may be a more serious issue or you’re just honestly not sure what’s going on, we always recommend seeking out help from a health care professional.

2. Dry Scalp

You know that itchy scalp you deal with every so often that you just assumed was due to the weather? It turns out, this could actually be another effect stress has on your hair. You may feel this effect because when you feel stressed, hormones can release pro-inflammatory chemicals that stop your scalp from functioning properly.

Two products you can use to help a dry scalp are RE-fresh Sea Mineral + Cleanse Exfoliating Scalp Scrub and Love Beauty and Planet Soothe & Nourish Hemp Seed Oil & Nana Leaf Scalp Serum. We love this scrub because you can use it in place of your shampoo once every 1 to 2 weeks. It helps remove dead skin and product buildup, which can be irritating. Plus,  it cleanses your hair too. The serum is also great to use because it’s infused with coconut oil which will help moisturize and soothe your scalp. Just apply to your scalp and gently massage in.

3. Oily Roots

Who knew one of the effects stress has on your hair can do the complete opposite, too, and leave you with oily roots? If you notice your hair becoming limp and greasy faster than normal, you may want to see if you’ve been extra stressed lately. Stress can make your body produce more androgen, which can increase your scalp’s oil production.

If you’re dealing with this, shampoo your hair every other day and use Nexxus Between Wash Smooth & Clean Dry Shampoo Foam. We love using this dry shampoo because it instantly refreshes hair and removes excess oil to help your strands appear more voluminous.

4. Breakage

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Use an anti-breakage shampoo to help strands become stronger.

One of the effects stress has on your hair is breakage. Nobody likes breakage at all, especially if you’re trying to grow your hair out. People can see an increase in breakage if they play with their hair a lot when stressed.

To help combat this, use TRESemmé Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner. This set uses gelatin and B12 to help make your strands stronger.

5. Dry Strands

Another one of the effects stress has on hair can be found in your overall beauty routine. You may find yourself overwashing your hair while taking more stress-relieving showers than usual. This can often result in dry strands! We suggest introducing an ultra-hydrating product into your routine to combat that dryness. Love Beauty and Planet Smooth and Serene Argan Oil & Lavender Leave-In Smoothie Cream is one of the products we turn to when we’re looking for an extra shot of hydration. Infused with golden argan oil and formulated to nourish, this leave-in cream will be just the anecdote you need.

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