When approached and asked to write a blog about the link between stress and hair loss I have to admit I was a little puzzled with where to begin. From meeting so many and learning about their experiences, I have come to understand that the situation can be a bit of a chicken-and-egg scenario. It is a topic that leaves many scratching their heads. But at AderansUK, we're all about bringing light to hair-related mysteries with a friendly touch. So, let's explore the science behind stress-induced hair loss without getting too bogged down in jargon.

So, stress can indeed wreak havoc on our locks, but let's break it down further. When we're stressed, our bodies go into survival mode, prioritising essential functions over luxuries like hair growth. As a result, hair follicles can prematurely enter the resting phase, leading to increased shedding. This phenomenon is scientifically known as telogen effluvium.

Now, here's where it gets interesting. Telogen effluvium isn't your typical "bye-bye hair forever" scenario. It's more of a temporary situation, with the hair returning when things settle back to normality. In this situation, hair growth usually bounces back within a few months.

But hold on, there's more to this story. Chronic stress, the kind that lingers like an unwanted visitor, can throw other hair-loss culprits into the mix. Hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and even genetics. It's a perfect storm for your scalp!

So that is why it happens, but which one comes first? The stress or the hair loss? Unexpected hair loss is an incredibly traumatic and distressing occurrence, which can further exacerbate the amount of hair lost, with stress being a follow-up symptom – the two are very intertwined but you can also have one without the other, making this an interesting point; one that is difficult to answer.

But fear not, we're not just here to drop knowledge; we're here to offer solutions. From stress-busting tips to personalised hair-care advice, the AderansUK team has got you covered.

For more information and life advice check out our podcast series Losing It streaming on all major platforms, and when you’re comfortable, book in with one of our hair loss consultants.

So, what's the takeaway from all this? Stress might not be the sole villain in your hair-loss saga, but it sure plays a leading role. By taking steps to manage stress, nourish your body, and seek support wherever necessary, and manage your hair loss stress rather than have it manage you.

Remember, you're not alone on this journey. We're here to guide you, support you, and remind you to take a deep breath in those moments when it needs to happen!

Take care,

B x