Why does stress cause hair fall?

by | May 7, 2019, 0:00 IST



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Why does stress cause hair fall?

Answer by Dr Jeet Gore 

For our body, hair is the least important organ, as hair is not vital to body’s survival like organs such as the heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, etc. So whenever our body is put through any severe stress, blood supply and nourishment gets diverted to vital organs, leaving hair dull and dry. This makes the hair enter premature shedding stage, giving rise to hair fall. This hair fall, if not controlled early, can give rise to hair thinning and eventually irreparable damage to hair roots.

Common stresses seen today are irregular dietary patterns due to work pressures (skipping breakfasts, eating heavy meals with large gaps between meals), inadequate intake of right nutrients (especially proteins and micro-nutrients), inadequate sleep, smoking, lack of regular exercise, hormonal imbalances (eg. PCOD, thyroid problems), and many salon treatments further damaging the hair bonds. All of these have an adverse impact on hair.

About Dr Jeet Gore 
Dr Jeet Gore holds a BHMS, PGDEMS degree and is a Senior Consultant – Trichologist at Trica Hair Clinic, Jean Claude Biguine. Want expert advice on haircare? Send us an email at asktheexpert.femina@gmail.com

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