Stress & How It Affects Hair

A technologist needs to be outgoing and be able to make a client feel relaxed, and also very understanding and empathetic with any feelings of discomfort the client may have during treatment.

Stress has increased due to the Covid19 pandemic with so many worried about their finances, will they have a job to go back to and adjusting to the new norm especially when everyone is home.

It is known that STRESS has an effect on the mind and body. It is noted that stress leads to rapid hair growth. It is believed that stress leads to an increase in the level of androgens in the bloodstream, and androgens, in turn, act on the hair follicle to cause increased growth.

Why does stress cause excess facial hair growth?

During periods of stress, the adrenal glands become overactive, pumping out catecholamines (or stress hormones) in greater quantities, which speed up the body and create the “fight or flight” reactions. The excessive quantities of these hormones and also androgen, that is naturally produced by the adrenal glands are then circulated around the body more quickly which can lead to excess facial hair growth.

Avoidance of stress is clearly a solution to the problem, but is unlikely. At times, we all encounter periods of stress. That said, it is usually lengthened periods of stress that will lead to excess facial hair growth and not just ‘a bad day at the office’.

Those of us who do find ourselves in the situation where we have excess facial hair growth can do something about it on a permanent basis with electrolysis, the only true permanent method of facial hair removal or laser to achieve permanent hair reduction.

Stress can turn hair white overnight!

It’s been said that Maire Antonette’s hair turned white the night before she was beheaded. The assumption is that the stress caused by her impending date with doom caused her locks to lose their colour within hours. Scientists question this theory but some do acknowledge that stress can play a role in the gradual process of hair turning gray.

Women start to go gray around age 35; men turn silvery around age 30. Depending on genes and overall health, gray hairs can make their first appearance in high school or come as late as age 50 for some people.

To understand whether your teenager can be blamed for causing you to go gray, we need to understand a bit of our physiology. A typical human head has about 100,000 follicles, each one capable of sprouting several hairs in a lifetime. At the bottom of each follicle is a little hair-growing factory where cells work together to assemble coloured hair. The colour comes from a pigment called melanin. Hair that has lost most of its melanin is gray; hair that has lost all of its melanin is white.

But the jury is still out on whether stress actually causes hair to turn gray, and for the most part, at least anecdotally, you would have to separate chronic stress- ongoing stress that lasts for a few years – from the kind Marie Antoinette was feeling as the guillotine loomed large.

A 2013 New York University study published in Nature Magazine claimed a link between long term ongoing stress and hair colour. In that study, the researchers found that hormones produced in response to stress can deplete the melanocyte stem cells that determine hair colour. They found that stress causes the stem cells to leave our hair follicles, leaving hair gray or white.

Other research says that the process of going gray is a multi-variable equation. Stress hormones may impact the survival and/or activity of melanocytes but, no clear link has been found between stress and gray hair.

Whether we go gray or not there are plenty of other reasons to try and reduce the stress in our life. Stress leads to high blood pressure, heart attacks, anxiety and depression – which is why it’s called the “silent killer.”

As for Maire Antionette, one theory is that she had actually been gray all along and merely shunned her wig for the occasion of her beheading!

Find more on this and so much more in The Life & Death of a Hair – A Complete Guide to 100% Permanent Hair Removal – Get Your Copy Today

Smile & Pass it forward 😊

~Nicolette – Author, The Life & Death of a Hair A Complete Guide to 100% Permanent Hair Removal – Get Your Copy Today Here Or Download The First Two Chapters For Free Here

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