Dealing with Sudden Hair Loss Through Stress Busting

Sudden Hair loss can be extremely stressful and upsetting because you have no control over your situation. The problem is that stress can lead to further hair loss so it is important to tackle this as soon as possible and get yourself out of this virtuous circle. Overcoming stress is generally aided by a sense of control and a shift in perspective. So...Put a beautiful smile on your face and keep reading.

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The Cycle of Life - In This Case "Your Hair"

Try to create a sense of assurance. You can start doing that by learning more about your hair. Your hair follows a growth cycle lasting 2-6 years, which then develops into a rest phase.

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After the rest phase, individual hairs will shed to make room for new hairs. It is normal to shed up to 150 hairs per day.

If your hair is thinning or becomes kinky, take this as a good sign; it means that the hair follicle is alive and only temporarily traumatized. Be patient as full regrowth could take years, but stay positive as it will grow back in time. In the meantime, there is much you can do to speed up the healing process and reduce stress levels.

Help your Recovery By Practical Do's and Don'ts

Repair Your Scalp

If you are worried about possible scalp infections, try massaging aloe vera gel into your scalp; it has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, cooling, and soothing properties which can help if your scalp is feeling burnt, irritated, or itchy.

aloe vera as anti-bacterial for scalp
Vitamin E gel will help to repair damaged hair follicles and promote healthy hair regrowth. Check out all other properties of aloe vera for your hair.

The Silver Lining

Always remember that your hair will definitely grow back in time. Whilst your hair is growing back, you can experiment with new cuts and styles. Self-confidence and how you look in the mirror is a powerful weapon to combat stress. If you have never been daring enough to attempt a short hair-do, now could be the time. Make a nice change and forget what others might think. It's all about YOU!

Circulation Boosters

Healthy blood circulations is one of the most important factors for hair growth. Massaging you scalp on a daily basis will stimulate circulation and activate the sebaceous glands, which will promote activity in your hair follicles.

almond oil for scalp to stimulate circulation
For an even more effective circulation boost, begin by rinsing your hair with cold water. Almond or lavender oil can be used to aid the massage motions, or use a mild shampoo whilst bathing. No scrubbing! Just tip of your fingers and gently in circular motions. Like to learn more about scalp message? Take a look at these 12 benefits of scalp message and what oil to choose!

Stress Bust with Yoga

Essentially, yoga is a combination of meditation and exercise. You don't have to become a Yoga professional. With some beginner poses and basic steady breathing techniques, you can create a state of tranquility, clarity, and calmness.

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This will activate a relaxation response (as opposed to the stress response), which will rebalance your nervous system.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

In times of stress, your body can become tight and tense. Progressive muscle relaxation involves lying down and focusing on one body part at a time (usually from the feet upwards), contracting and then releasing to a state of absolute relaxation. These physical exercises are accompanied by deep breathing to re-energize your body and relax your mind. With a relaxed mind, you will be filled an assured realization that everything heals in time.


Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat out loud to yourself for a few minutes each day for about 30 days.

Affirmations are empowering as they promote a shift in perspective so that you no longer feel helpless. Speaking in the present tense will manipulate your subconscious mind to accept a new perspective.
  1. "I have control over the regrowth of my hair,"
  2. "By massaging my scalp every day, I am promoting faster regrowth."
Here is a great resource to learn more about positive thinking and affirmations.

The Power of Zzz

A great way to minimize the effects of stress on your life and your hair is to ensure that you get a good 8 hours sleep every night. This seems obvious, but many people struggle by with as little as 5 or 6 hours. I know sometimes I do!

kitty sleeping
In times of a stress, a full and restful night’s sleep can do wonders for both your mental and physical states. Just sleep like a kitten!

Vitamin Booster

vitamins Some vitamins and minerals are really important for healthy hair. Vitamin B-1 and Vitamin C promote healthy regrowth, repair hair follicles, and hydrate your scalp; Vitamin A promotes the production of sebum in the scalp and Vitamin E is super important for healing your scalp. Iron helps to heal a damaged scalp, whilst zinc speeds up the healing process and prevents further hair loss.

Just Imagine It!

Finally, visualization is a form of meditation that requires you to imagine yourself happy and at peace. Imagine how you will look when your scalp has healed and your hair has grown out – hold this image in your mind clearly and vividly for a few minutes each day. This will lift your spirits, give you something to look forward to and encourage you to enjoy the day ahead of you.

If your hair is thinning, you can rest assured that the hair follicles are alive, though total regrowth can take a few years. Many of the approaches above function by actively promoting your hair's healing and regrowth process, which will enable a sense of control and empowerment. Other exercises are more concerned with minimizing the impact of stress on your body and mind; this is very important in terms of preventing unnecessary, stress-induced hair loss.

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