Stress and hair loss have a strong connection. So, you need to stop stressing about hair loss first, or it can make your hair gray and your existing hair condition even worse.
Yes, stress can turn your hair gray!
Rapunzel’s hair is what makes her special, and almost all of us want it too. Knowing this, we must remember that healthy hair comes with a healthy lifestyle. But due to our busy schedules, we hardly pay attention to our health and mind. That is the biggest mistake of all!
Declining hair health has a lot to do with your stress levels.
Health Shots contacted Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist, and Dermatosurgeon at The Esthetic Clinics.
Here’s what Dr. Kapoor says: “Stress and gray hair have a lasting relationship. Stress-induced aging is one of the dangers of the modern lifestyle. Studies have shown that psychological stress can cause gray hair and even accelerate it.”
How does stress cause gray hair?
Our body has a natural fight or flight response, and the stress response helps us survive danger. In the modern world, there are too many stress triggers. It could be a nasty email or a social media post. Stress causes cells to age faster and its effect is visible to the naked eye through the change in hair color. In fact, a study published in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University found that stress can accelerate graying and even cause hair loss.
Dr. Kapoor explains that hair gets its color from melanocyte pigment that comes from stem cells in hair follicles. When stress hits, the body releases norepinephrine which hinders the normal functioning of the melanocytes and the hair turns gray.
The good news
Some recent studies have indicated that once stress levels are reduced, it is possible to reverse aging. However, this research is still in its early stages.
This is how you can de-stress
1. Look at what causes stress and record it in a journal. This will make you aware of your triggers and you will gradually learn to deal with situations.
2. Singing can help. It can help restore energy levels and release stress.
3. Try breathing exercises because they are known to improve focus and relax you.
4. Do nothing more than simply practice different types of meditation techniques.
5. Try a pose. Yes, practicing yoga or exercises can surely help reduce stress levels.
6. You are what you eat! So eat well and healthy only.
7. Prepare and eat mint tea to de-stress. Peppermint tea is known to combat symptoms such as depression, stress, and anxiety.
And here are other ways to tackle gray hair
The important thing to keep in mind is that hair color changes from the follicle and is not in the middle of growth. Therefore, aging reversal is a slow process.
Follow these simple tips to treat gray hair, as recommended by Dr. Kapoor:
- Keep stress under control
- do not eat too much
- Exercise every day, even if it’s for a short time.
- Do things that relax you and make you feel loved
- Wear a scarf or hat to protect your hair from UV rays.
- Avoid smoking and caffeinated beverages.
- Get enough vitamins in your diet
- Consult your dermatologist or hair specialist for a good hair care routine