Hair loss

Despite the age old saying ‘pulling my hair out‘ it has only been relatively recently the scientific study has reported that hair loss is directly affected by stress levels.

The most common form of hair loss is a condition known as telogen effluvium, in which the hair is lossed from both the scalp and elsewhere on the body.

Hair grows in cycles moving from a phase known as anagen which is the stage of mass growth which lasts approximately three years followed by a phase called telogen which is a resting period when the hair remains in the follicle until the start of the next anagen phase at which point the hairs are pushed out.

Normally, there is only about 15 percent of hairs on the head in the telogen phase however during periods of excessive stress more hair enters the telogen phase and subsequently after the resting period large quantities of hair will be pushed out causing recognisable hair loss. As the new hair starts to grow out, when the anagen phase begins again, the amount and thickness of hair should increase, however, if stress remains an issue, more hair loss could result.

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