“The last few weeks and months, I have been losing huge amounts of hair. It’s been really difficult seeing my hair covering the bathroom floor and constantly removing it from my brush.”
“I’ve always had fine hair that sheds, however I’ve noticed in iso, it’s been falling out significantly more. I literally have a head of hair on my hairbrush every time I brush it.”
“Is anyone else finding hair everywhere at the moment? Lockdown means I’m heat styling and washing my hair less, but somehow, my hair is falling out more than normal.”
These are just a few of the lockdown hair loss concerns I’ve heard anecdotally from friends, family and women in Mamamia’s You Beauty Facebook group since isolation started. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, go ahead and add thinning hair, hair falling out and increased hair shedding to the list. Fun.
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If you feel like you’re seeing more hair on your bathroom floor or in your hairbrush than usual, know you’re not alone. Rest assured, it’s normal for your body to be feeling the effects of change and turbulence – think quarantine pimples, isolation skin, decreased energy levels and changes in our mental health, for a start.
But considering ‘stress’ is often used as a blanket reason to justify all sorts of things that are happening to our bodies right now, I wanted to know if stress really does make your hair fall out.
From understanding our hair growth cycle to whether stressful times in our lives can actually cause your hair to fall out, keep scrolling for all the information you’ll ever need on lockdown hair loss.
Can stress make your hair fall out?
Yes, and no. In men, hair loss is more commonly a genetic factor. For women, hair loss can be genetic, but it’s also ruled by our hormones. Hormones are basically the effective but moody overlords of the female body.
That said, Anthony Pearce, Specialist Integrative Medicine Trichologist at Anthony Pearce Trichology (note: trichology is the scientific study of the hair and scalp), says language is really important when we’re talking about how stress affects the body.