Does stress really make your hair fall out?

Going through a stressful time and noticing more hair than usual falling out?
It's not a figment of your imagination.
Stress is actually attributed to hair loss in a condition known as "telogen effluvium".
Don't stress! (pun intended) It is not a permanent condition - it is temporary, and can come about when there is something hectic going on in our lives, whether it be emotional stress, physical trauma, illness, surgery, etc.
Under normal circumstances, hair follicles go through a hair growth cycle that consists of three phases: anagen (growth phase), catagen (transition phase), and telogen (resting phase). During the telogen phase, hair is shed and replaced by new hair. However, in telogen effluvium, an unusually large number of hair follicles prematurely enter the telogen phase and shed hair at an accelerated rate.

Stress can disrupt the normal hair growth cycle by pushing more hair follicles into the resting phase. This can result in a noticeable increase in hair shedding, leading to thinning hair or hair loss. It's essential to note that telogen effluvium is usually temporary, and hair growth typically returns to normal once the underlying stressor is resolved or managed.
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