Hair Suddenly Falling Out? It Could Be Stress – Here’s What You Can Do About It

First of all: you’re not alone. 

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We’re living through an unprecedented time in history. It feels like a movie – but unfortunately, this is a film we can’t switch off. While it’s not all doom and gloom (now is the perfect time to call your best friend from high school, read that book that’s been on your bedside table since October or learn to bake) it’s normal to feel a bit frazzled right now. During a recent early-morning Gritty Pretty Zoom call, half of the team – including yours truly – noted that their hair was thinning. Not falling out per se but just not as thick as usual.

Are stress and hair loss correlated? Absolutely. Here, two of Australia’s leading hairdressers explain what’s happening and what you can do about it. 

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The Link Between Hair Loss & Stress 

“Stress is a main factor in hair loss and is generally the first question I ask when someone is concerned about excessive hair loss,” says Hairstylist & AVEDA Guest Artist Darren Summors. 

Of course, right now, Coronavirus is the worrisome topic on everyone’s minds. But health crisis aside, our lives are busier than ever and with technology always at our fingertips, it’s getting more and more difficult to switch off. Jaye Edwards, Founder, Colourist and Director of EdwardsAndCo, has seen a rise in clients complaining of hair loss: “It is becoming more common in both females and males and occurring at earlier ages.”

Call In The Experts

If your hair loss is moderate, Edwards always recommends seeing a trichologist [hair and scalp specialist] to determine what the underlying cause is. “Unfortunately there is no one size fits all solution,” he explains, “so I recommend every individual seeks professional advice to determine what works for them.”

Create Good Habits

What can you do, now

  1. If you’re a frequent washer, start by cutting back on the amount of times you wash per week. “Not over washing hair will significantly help,” says Summors. Once or twice a week should do the trick. 
  2. Edwards suggests avoiding hot water and switching to cold.
  3. Try giving yourself a regular scalp massage to promote circulation.
  4. Do you use heat stylers (straightener, curler, blow dryer) regularly? These can have a significant impact on the health of the hair; try to limit your use.
  5. R-E-L-A-X. Summors recommends incorporating a few stress relieving rituals into your weekly routine including: long baths, meditation, massage or reading a book. 

What About Products? 

Fortunately, there are hair products on the market specifically formulated to promote new hair growth. Edwards recommends Evolis Shampoo and Conditioner; according to the brand, it has been clinically proven to help prevent hair loss by 80 per cent and promote hair growth by 44 per cent over four months. 

Clean beauty brand AVEDA Invati Advanced System treats hair loss with a three step approach. According to Summors, “It stimulates the hair follicle, thickens existing hair and creates a healthy scalp to promote new hair growth.” AVEDA has found that this system reduces hair loss by 53 per cent.

Apotecari and Biotin hair vitamins are beneficial to some. “In some cases, there are prescription drugs that can help,” Edwards tells Gritty Pretty

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