Due to Stress
03 / 21 / 18

Hair Loss in Women Doubles Due to Stress

The number of women seeking help for hair loss has doubled in the past 10 years. The Journal of Investigating Dermatology says that stressful lifestyles are the underlying cause. Stress can cause temporary hair loss, and there is an increase in this type of hair loss among women between the ages of 18 and 40.

There are so many more factors that come into play in female hair loss making it much more complicated than male hair loss. Most women don’t even notice the change in their thinning hair until menopause when the hormonal levels begin to negatively affect the hair follicles. But, add to this, a stressful lifestyle and you have a rise in adrenaline which the body can convert into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causing hair loss in women. In the case of women with genetic hair loss, this is a permanent condition.

According to Dallas-based dermatologist, Dr. Rebecca Euwer, “Women can lose up to 50 percent of their hair after an unusually stressful event. When someone comes in and says they're losing their hair, you ask, 'Well, what happened about three months ago?” She goes on to explain that some of the most common causes of hair loss are childbirth, surgery, or a death in the family.

About 90 percent of your hair is in the growing phase. However, when women suffer physical or psychological trauma, the hair follicles are shocked into a resting phase. It isn’t until three months later that the hair begins to fall out. The good news is that usually, this type of hair loss is reversible. But, unfortunately, some women have a double whammy, and they have both stress-induced hair loss and natural thinning with age.

If you are a women experiencing hair loss, Hair Replacement Clinic can help. We also recommend trying to reduce the chances of stress by getting enough sleep and incorporating stress-reducing activities such as yoga and group sports. Contact us today to receive a free confidential consultation!