By now, most of us understand how stress can affect our health - both physical and mental. But we bet you didn’t know the horrendous impact stress and worry can have on your hair, too. The phrase ‘pulling my hair out’ is just the start…
An over-production of our stress hormone can, in fact, lead to a myriad of unwanted hair woes, from thinning and breaking to extreme hair loss. Couple this with disrupted sleep and sugar cravings, and you’ve got a recipe for hair disaster!
Here at Cel, we’ve rounded up 5 ways in which stress can damage our locks, and some simple ways to protect and prevent further impact.
1. Oxygen Deprivation
When we feel stressed, our bodies perform a number of fight or flight reactions, including the narrowing of blood vessels. As our vessels constrict, less oxygen, minerals, and nutrients are fed to the hair follicles, which are all needed for healthy hair growth. During stressful times, our body also focuses most of it’s energy on feeding our vital organs with oxygen like our heart, lungs and brain, so our poor scalp doesn’t get to see much of the oxygen or vitamins in our blood.
2. Sleepless Nights
We already know that sleep deprivation has a negative impact on our overall health, but it can also affect your hair quite drastically, too. High stress leads to restless nights, where the body is unable to enter the Deep Sleep stage of the sleep cycle. This is crucial for the health of our hair, as it’s the stage in which our growth and repair take place. Without it, we're more likely to wake up with limp, lifeless locks and it will struggle to grow back where there's hair loss, too.
3. Dry, Itchy Scalp
A common symptom of stress is the unconscious pulling and scratching of the hair and scalp – especially in those suffering from anxiety, too. Being overly-tactile with your hair can lead to permanent follicle damage, and in some extreme cases, premature hair loss. Stress can also trigger dandruff and dryness due to the imbalance of hormones it creates.
4. Lowered Immunity
We’ve all been there – overworked and stressed, and the next thing we know we’ve come down with a terrible flu or illness. This is because stress can impair our immune system and prevent us from fighting against germs like we normally would. When we are sick, the nutrients that would usually go to our hair end up used in other areas of the body to fight the illness, resulting in locks that lack the right nourishment.
5. Neglected Nutrition
Diet is incredibly important to the hair growth cycle, so be mindful of what you eat, even in stressful situations. Our instinct when we are stressed is to reach for sugar-laden, high-energy snacks, or sometimes to even skip meals, but these poor nutrition choices will actually have a detrimental effect on your hair growth, hair condition, and scalp health.
Protect and Nourish
If you’ve started to notice the negative impact stress can have on your hair, then let’s do something about it before it’s too late! Here at Cel, we truly care about you and your hair, and want to ensure you’re equipped with the right tools and products to bring your locks back to life.
For overall hair health, our Stem Cell Shampoo & Conditioner is the perfect product. Made with our patented Ginseng Stem Cell Technology, it has been designed to promote hair growth and thickness, optimize scalp health, and protect the hair from further damage.
If you suffer from hair loss, then our Microstem Hair Growth Stimulation Formula is the one for you. The specialist ingredients stimulate damaged or dying the follicles for increased hair growth and thickness. The formula helps block DHT (the hair-killing hormone) and enhances the health and shine of existing hairs.