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The Pandemic and Stress-Induced Hair Fall



Have you been stressed lately? Have you noticed it adversely affecting your hair?

It's completely understandable – we are amidst a global pandemic that seems never-ending and it has dramatically changed our lifestyles. It all happened so suddenly that we hardly got sufficient time to absorb the shocks and adapt to the change. But remember, we have not come this far to only come this far. This too shall pass. Meanwhile, hang in there and do your best to cope with the help and support of your loved ones and of course, us.

A lot of our clients have complained about hair-loss during this phase and even though it should be alarming, we would like to inform you that it will get better soon. In order to cope, you must understand what exactly is happening and why it is happening. Hence, we chose this topic to do our best to support you through this difficult time.

Why the sudden and scary hair-fall?

When we are stressed, our adrenal glands release a hormone called cortisol. An increase in cortisol levels can affect your hair growth (and health) drastically because it causes the hair follicle to transition from ‘growth mode’ to ‘catagen/transition’ and eventually into ‘telogen’ which means ‘resting phase’. During this phase, your hair weakens and starts falling off.


Don’t worry, though, as this is not permanent. It may feel scary because it happens so quickly and might even be adding to your stress, but it is fixable. Your body can heal itself naturally, especially with the right guidance.


Make sure to visit a doctor, get the prescribed tests done, take any prescribed medicines and vitamins and of course, follow a healthy lifestyle which nourishes your mind and body.

Other than that, you can also get a haircut considering it makes you look and feel fresh, removes damaged split-ends, and gives a fuller look.


Self-help tips:


1. How to check if your hair-fall is stress-induced?

  • You will lose 150+ strands per day

  • You will notice hair loss mainly from your temples, but it will be throughout the head.

Although self-diagnosis can cause more harm than help, so it is always better to consult a specialist.


2. Stress-management is crucial:

  • Reflect on your lifestyle and try to analyse what is stressing you out. Address your triggers, fears and thoughts. Journaling is one of the best ways to reflect because you can literally write all your thoughts down on paper and cancel them out with the best solutions you can think of

  • Practice deep-breathing exercises

  • Consider therapy. It may be stigmatised here, but is necessary for every individual once in a while considering, it is extremely beneficial

  • Yoga is great for stress-management

  • Workout to burn out cortisol and release endorphins (happy hormones released by your body which balance the high cortisol level)

  • Follow a healthy diet so you are well-nourished and are getting the right amount of dopamine and serotonin (after consultation)

  • Avoid too much caffeine

  • Get natural vitamin D by going out for walks with your favourite person

  • Try aromatherapy - treat yourself with a diffuser and add a stress-relieving blend (try to include lavender and peppermint essential oils)

  • Get a massage (self-massage or machines work well too if you are not comfortable visiting a salon)

  • Do more of what makes you happy

3. Circulation is necessary, thus, yoga won’t just help manage stress but also increase blood circulation in your head which will eventually benefit your mane.

4. Book yourself an appointment at Hina Y and come for a rejuvenating Scacial, our ultimate scalp detox and favourite self-care treatment for your hair. Book now!


5. Try L'Oreal Serioxyl – a leave-in hair treatment used for 3 months that regrows hair from any follicle that is currently lying dormant. Users of this treatment swear by it and we cannot seem to keep the treatment on our shelves long enough! Order now!