Stress-Induced Hair Loss Is on the Rise in Women—Here's How to Prevent It

Updated 03/20/17
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Even though we aren't all blessed with Rapunzel-worthy locks, we still tend to be more than a little attached to our strands (a bad hair day has been known to set off more than one of my usually calm friends). But a bigger hair issue is now plaguing women other than frizz and tangles—and that's hair loss.

The statistics don’t lie: A reported 12% of women will have abnormal hair loss by age 30, and up to 40% of women will have begun to experience visible hair loss by the time they are 40. But what is the cause, and what can we do to prevent it? According to a new article on Well+Good,  premature hair loss in women is on the rise, and stress is the culprit.

“With severe stress, hair follicles prematurely enter a phase of growth arrest called telogen, which is shortly followed by hair loss,” explains Amit Sood, MD, the author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living. When our bodies are stressed, they are in a state of survival and divert resources to necessary activities (less crucial processes like hair growth and maintenance fall off, which is why we lose hair).

At the first signs of hair loss, you should see your doctor to make sure something like a vitamin deficiency isn’t to blame. If it’s not, you should move forward with natural remedies: yoga, massage, music, reading, and practicing mindfulness are all good options. If you decide to go the natural supplement route, Kogan says the Ayurvedic herbs neem and brahmi are particularly helpful, as well as bhringraj oil, which is applied topically to your hairline and temples. Although you will see results, it may take some time.

“Don’t look for a quick fix,” Kogan says.

Do you have any good tips for reversing hair loss? Be sure to tell us in the comments.

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