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Comprendre l’impact du stress sur la santé de vos cheveux

Understanding the Impact of Stress on the Health of Your Hair

The Impact of Stress on Your Hair

While our hair may appear as a harmonious unit, it’s essential to remember that each hair grows independently. To understand how stress can affect your hair, let’s examine the three hair growth cycles. An imbalance in any of these phases can lead to increased hair loss.
Three hair growth cycles

Take the example of a pregnant woman : during pregnancy, her hair may look healthy, shiny, and voluminous. This transformation is not at all unusual. It is primarily due to a hormone called estrogen, which extends the active growth phase of the hair (anagen phase) during gestation.

However, excessive extension of the anagen phase can synchronize the hair cycle. This is why, after childbirth, when estrogen levels decrease, many hairs fall out simultaneously

Stress has a similar effect on your hair. It can transition a hair in the growth phase (anagen phase, which lasts two to five years) to the resting phase (catagen phase), significantly shortening its lifecycle before the final three-month phase, the telogen phase.

Stress-Induced Hair Loss : How Long Until Your Hair Grows Back?

Fortunately, stress-related hair loss is generally temporary and reversible. However, it may take several weeks or even a few months before hair loss becomes apparent. The lost hair will eventually make way for new hair in the growth phase.

How to Prevent Stress-Related Hair Loss


Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation practices such as meditation, yoga, or soothing hobbies (walking in nature while listening to your favorite music).


Healthy and Balanced Diet

The health of your hair largely depends on the nutrients and vitamins present in your diet. The Mediterranean diet, for example, is an excellent choice as it includes foods such as fish, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, eggs, legumes, dark chocolate, cocoa, and olive oil.


Quality Sleep

Restorative sleep plays a crucial role in stress management. Adopt a regular sleep routine, create a conducive environment for rest, and avoid electronic stimuli before bedtime to promote peaceful and revitalizing nights.


Regular Physical Exercise

Regular physical activity releases endorphins, improving your mood and reducing stress. Find an activity you enjoy, whether it's the gym, dancing, swimming, or walking.


Professional Assistance

Seeking help from a professional, such as a psychologist or a therapist in counseling, can also prove beneficial when needed.

Should I Be Concerned?

Various hair conditions, such as diffuse alopecia or areata alopecia, can lead to increased hair loss. Remember that it’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs per day. If you notice abnormal hair loss, it’s recommended to consult a professional from Groupe Médical PAI, who can advise and guide you to the most suitable solution for your specific needs.x

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