Stress is a leading cause of hair thinning — and the effects of the stress we feel today can show up in our hair within three to six months.
“Our hair can be a manifestation of what is happening internally. When we are experiencing stress, it affects our whole body and can contribute to chronic conditions, including hair thinning,” notes Dr. Sophia Kogan, MD, co-founder and chief medical advisor at Nutrafol.
In the midst of a global pandemic, we’re dealing with the effects of both acute and chronic stress. Dr. Kogan explains that acute stress is “on the spot,” like the stress we all felt at the onset of COVID-19. But as micro-stressors from our “new normal” stack up, “it becomes more of a chronic picture,” she says. All the while, your body is grasping for resources to maintain homeostasis. Hair, unfortunately, isn’t a top priority for the body, so its resources are diverted — and that’s why many of us may notice more hair in the shower or on our clothes than usual.
Below, Dr. Kogan dives deep on the connection between today’s stress and hair thinning, as well as her favorite adaptogenic herbs and lifestyle practices to support hair wellness in times of stress.