Work can be a tremendous source of stress for many. In fact, it’s estimated that 83% of United States workers suffer from stress that is directly related to their job. Work-related stress can manifest itself in a multitude of ways, including hair loss. Hair loss due to stress is typically caused by one of the following three conditions.
- Telogen effluvium, a condition in which the hair follicles are prematurely pushed into the resting phase of the hair growth cycle.
- Trichotillomania, this condition is categorized by the almost uncontrollable urge to pull out one’s hair, typically to cope with stress.
- Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles resulting in hair loss. It is thought that one of the triggers for this form of alopecia is stress.
Exercise relieves stress
With seemingly more things to cause stress in the world now, stress relief could help both your hair growth and your overall physical condition. When we experience stress, the body releases a stress hormone called cortisol, and this hormone can lead to hair loss. When you exercise, your body releases special chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins serve as natural pain killers and improve one’s ability to sleep, which will help reduce stress. A regular exercise routine with a healthy diet and proper hydration can do wonders for all aspects of health.
To learn more about how stress can impact your hair check out our previous blog: How Stress Impacts your Hair.
Keeping your body and mind as healthy and stress-free as possible is the best way to prevent hair loss due to stress. However, with the state of the world and everyday modern life; this can be easier said than done. If you’re trying to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule, know that you don’t have to do it all at once. Start with something you enjoy and slowly acclimate to moving around more and more.
Exercise increases blood flow
Blood is tasked with the vital duty of transporting oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. With optimal blood flow, your body can more easily fight off diseases and illnesses. This is because white blood cells can be carried around the body as needed. Your blood circulation is also important in helping your body eliminate waste.
Blood flow to the scalp helps vital nutrients reach the hair follicles. This nourishment is responsible for the growth of healthy hair. If you have a nutritional deficit, your body will prioritize your organs and other vital systems first. That’s why it’s so important to have a healthy diet in conjunction with exercise.
There are other ways to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, such as massaging it. A scalp massage not only feels great, but it also can help stimulate hair growth. If you have a significant other or someone who wouldn’t mind it, consider asking them to massage your scalp. This can be done while applying oil for the added benefit of hydrating your hair. The warmth from their hands and your scalp can also help the oil penetrate your hair.
Many of us know that the act of sweating serves to reduce the body’s temperature. This works because the process of the liquid evaporating from the skin has a cooling effect. But to say that perspiring only serves to cool the body is doing this amazing body process an injustice. Sweating unclogs the hair follicles, opens the pores, and rids the body of germs, bacteria, and pollutants. This means that if you sweat, you’re less likely to get sick. However, it’s important to wash off the sweat as the salt contained in perspiration can dry out your hair and cause your hair to smell less than desirable.
Exercising has many benefits, but like many activities, you should use your discretion to ensure your safety and health. The last this you want is to accidentally injure yourself. All in all, you should strive to have fun during your work out.