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Time to De-stress You…and Your Hair

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Stress, whether it’s physiological, biological, or psychological is the body’s response to  an environmental condition such as a threat, challenge or physical and psychological barrier. [1]

 Stress and Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a huge impact on people’s stress levels across the globe. Already there are a number of scholarly articles on the topic of the newly proposed Covid Stress Syndrome, which is considered to be ‘clinically significant distress and impairment in functioning’. The syndrome consists of five inter-correlated elements:

1/ fear of SARSCoV2 infection and fear of coming into contact with objects or surfaces contaminated with the coronavirus;

2/ fear of socio-economic impacts of the pandemic;

3/ fear of foreigners for fear that they are infected;

4/ pandemic-related compulsive checking and reassurance-seeking; and

5/ pandemic-related traumatic stress symptoms.[2]

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The year from March 2020 was perhaps one of the most stressful years that many people will have had to ever contend with. Repeated lockdowns will have compounded any anxieties and traumas experienced. As we progress towards the upcoming summer months, lockdown is already beginning to ease and we’re heading towards what we hope will be more normal, and certainly less stressful times. But we must not forget that many people will remain impacted by the events of the last year, and that stress levels will continue.

Stress and its impact on hair growth in women
Stress and its impact on hair growth in women

The affects of stress on our bodies

Our bodies definitely feel the affects of stress. For hair, this could mean seborrheic dermatitis, which is likened to dandruff, where the scalp begins to flake.[3]

Stress – for some people – can also cause a condition called Telogen effluvium, which is a form of temporary hair loss. In a normal healthy person’s scalp, about 85% of the hair follicles are actively growing hair (anagen hair) and about 15% are resting hair (telogen hair). It is normal to lose up to about 100 hairs a day on one’s comb, brush, in the basin or on the pillow, as a result of the normal scalp hair cycle. A trigger may mean that as many as 70% of the anagen hairs can be precipitated into telogen, thus leading to an increased shedding of hair.

Other physical signs of stress to look out for:

  • Dry skin, rashes or sudden acne breakouts
  • Bags under your eyes
  • Flushes to your face (where breathing habits change)
  • Wrinkles or fine lines, particularly on the brow – due to repeated furrowing [4]

Now is the time to de-stress (you and your hair)

Stress and hair growth supplements

With (hopefully) happier times ahead, we should all be focusing on ourselves, and trying to eliminate as much of the stress of the last year. Healthline [5] has written 16 stress-busting tips, designed to ‘relieve stress and anxiety’. If you’re suffering from stress-related symptoms, then please take the time to read through these tips Here are a few of them below:

  • Exercise
  • Consider vitamin supplements
  • Reduce your caffeine intake
  • Light a candle
  • Laugh
  • Spend time with family and friends now that you are finally able to
  • Learn to say ‘no’
  • Practice mindfulness and deep breathing

Now is the time to find ourselves again, and to nurture our bodies and hair back to their prime health. We owe it to ourselves after all this time.

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