January is a time when I see more clients than usual with overly distressed hair. Appointments from my clientele of teachers and students are especially increased during this period due to preparing exams or students actually sitting for final exams in November. Some of my student clients generally drink coffee or some other energy drink loaded with caffeine, in order to stay awake very late studying. Both the high amounts of stress, caffeine and loss of sleep are not good for the hair. Other clients are stressed from missing a loved one. Mother’s day being a particularly difficult holiday for some. If you haven’t experienced the loss of a mother, it may be hard to understand how that type of stress can result in hair loss. These are only a few examples of stress that many people never even realize could be causing their hair loss and shedding.
As a Trichologist, my first consultation action is to review any stress my client may be experiencing and how that stress may be affecting their hair. Stress is felt over the entire body and will always be reflected in the hair and causes distressed hair follicles. Some signs of distressed hair can manifest in the form of flaky and itchy scalp. It can also create dry, dull, lifeless and brittle hair. Extreme cases of stress can cause hair breakage and hair loss.
The advice I give to my clients for stress relief is to renew the mind. I also recommend the use of natural supplements, which are very important for nerve endings. Start the New Year off stress free and free from Distressed Hair!
Below are some additional stress management tips to try:
- Whenever a loved one has passed on, focus on the happy memories of that loved one and what they would desire of you to move forward as a way of honoring them. Joy is a natural way to help control stress, and each of us controls the amount of joy we have.
- Essential oils can also be helpful in clearing the mind, especially for studying.
- A healthy diet is recommended for overall good health. Include at least 6 glasses of water daily with chlorophyll added. Eat fresh fruits, protein, yogurt, whole grains and vegetables. I recommend Greek Nonfat Yogurt, which is also gluten free. Watching your diet is essential when studying of any type.
- Clients that are studying for their final exams should first understand that proper rest and sleep is important. Stress can cause our sleep patterns tochange and these altered patterns in return may cause the entire body to be stressed. Adults should set a goal of at least 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night.
- How we breathe is important also. It should be deep; in through the nose and out through the mouth. Do this 5 to 10 times very slowly, several times a day.
- Be active; engage in 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
If you think you have distressed hair disorder, try my scalp checkup consultation to see if your follicles are stressed and how it may be affecting your hair.
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