Stress & Hair Loss - Rituals For Recovery

"Stress" What does that really mean?

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. 58% of Canadians are stressed on a daily basis. This concerning stat is eye opening and reveals that many of us are walking around in a constant state of stress!

50% Of Women will eventually see excessive hair loss

How much hair loss is normal?

Your hair goes through 90 day cycles. Therefore you may not even notice hair loss from stress until 6-12 weeks after a stressful event. We all know that it is normal to loose some hair daily. With normal hair loss you can loose on average 50-100 hairs per day. Abnormal loss is noticeable loss and exceeds 100 hairs per day. It can lead to you seeing patches on your scalp or excessive clumps coming out when you brush.

How stress effects your hair

When we are in a constant state of stress our hair is the last area to receive nourishment.There are two types of loss that are typically stressed induced.

  • Telogen Effluviumn- Hair stops growing, lies dormant and will easily fall out two or three months later. It can then grow back within six to nine months after you body is in less stress.

  • Alopecia Areata- Occurs when white blood cells attack the hair follicles. With this type of hair loss, the hair also falls out within weeks (usually in patches), but can involve the entire scalp and even body hair.

Other Hair Loss Factors

Hair loss is a complex issue and can involve other fluctuations happening within the body.Stress can be a major reason why your body is changing. Stress can create other symptoms or issues that can lead to hair loss such as :

  • Hormonal changes

  • Itchy scalp

  • Illness & fevers

  • Nervous picking

  • Brittle and dry hair

  • Poor Nutrition - Lack of nutrients

Rituals To Reset

Rituals in caring for our scalp and hair can act as an amazing treatment to combat stress induced hair loss. These daily rituals can help us decompress and become more grounded after a chaotic or stressful day. By practicing small acts of self care we can also reduce the severity of hair loss when incorporated routinely.

Girl Brush Your Hair

I can't stress enough how this ritual not only is amazing for hair health but it also gives you a moment to find a quiet spot, focus on one thing, and in turn relax. Brushing your hair before bed redistributes oils, releases tension in the scalp, exfoliates the scalp, and just feels really darn good!

Aromatherapy & Nourishment

Scalp oils are a must have for all botanical babes looking to prevent and treat their scalp. Oils will help hydrate,calm,repair, stimulate and nourish the scalp. They also offer amazing aromatherapy benefits to calm the nervous system and promote relaxation. I love using the HUI HUI NIGHTTIME OIL as it uses ingredients such as lavender & cedar wood to reduce stress - enhancing my self care routine.

Nutrient Rich Foods

To fuel our beauty we must work from the inside out to gain sustainable results. We have recently been experimenting with elixirs to add more nutrients into our daily diet and routine. By doing this we can help our bodies better cope with stress helping to reduce and prevent hair loss.

Stimulate the Scalp

If after brushing if you're still feeling tension in your upper body simply use your fingers to rub your temples, nape of the neck and behind the ears to relieve stress. I personally love using my HAIRSTORY BRUSH as it gently stimulates the scalp with its unique bristles. The perfect place to zone out and do this is while watching tv!

Listen to your body

It sounds simple but in a world where we are bombarded with so much stimulation we can easily become stressed and disconnected with what we truly need. Take time to listen to what your body is telling you. Do what you feel will help you de-stress - perhaps take time to "just be". Remember hair loss is a way that our bodies are trying to communicate with us - telling us that something isn't quite right. I hope this blog inspires you to take back control of your self care regime, to stop putting it off, ignoring your needs and finally make time to relieve all that stress.

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