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Stress Causes Hair Loss in Women.

More than four million Brits are suffering from such intense stress it is making their hair fall out, according to a new study. One in ten adults across the UK is enduring hair loss or pre-mature baldness due to stress problems.

Women are suffering more than men, with 74 per cent saying they are stressed compared to 59 per cent of men, according to a survey of 3,000 people by

The generation of mums who have been trying to do it all – work, maintain a home and relationship and raise children – are the worst hit, paying the price for long hours at work and home with stress-related illnesses.

The survey found that females between the age of 35 and 45 are the most likely to suffer from stress-related conditions such as eczema, migraines and high blood pressure.

And 12 per cent of women say stress makes their hair fall out compared to just eight per cent of men.

Alopecia areata, where random bald patches on the head occur, is often a result of stress.

It can lead to alopecia totalis, complete baldness, like that suffered by television presenter Gail Porter.

Gail, 35, lost all her hair due to stress after the breakdown of her marriage last year.

Anne McCracken, stress expert for the International Stress Management Association, said: ”Stress puts the whole body out of balance and weakens the immune system.

”People who are stressed can have symptoms like insomnia or hair loss that go on for years and never get better because they never stop being stressed.”

The survey found that the most common cause of stress is work, with one third of respondents naming that as the most stressful aspect of their life.

Work was followed by children (20 per cent), money (15 per cent) and relationships (10 per cent).

Anthony Hancock, from, says: ”This survey reveals that we are a nation of seriously stressed people.”

”We know from talking to our customers that a lot of people suffer from thinning hair or hair loss due to stress.”

”Ironically, losing your hair can also be very stressful, as our personal appearance is very important to us, which is why so many people want to try our product to restore their thinning locks.”

Forty-one per cent say stress makes them smoke or drink more and a whopping 81 per cent say they argue more with their friends and family when stressed.

One in two women say they can’t sleep at night and a whopping 72 per cent say they turn to comfort eating to ease their stress.


1 Work

2 Children

3 Money

4 Relationships

5 Worries about the future

6 Appearance

7 Home/property

8 Parents

9 Friends

10 Car

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11 Responses to “Stress Causes Hair Loss in Women.”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    What about the condition in which one intentionally pulls out their own hair? That’s is a situation where someone is so stresses that they begin pulling out their hair anywhere on the body. It’s not just the loss of hair that is a problem in that case, it is also that the person is physically hurting themselves due to stress (but just in a less life-threatening sort of way). I would like to know more about that condition (and what it is called to. I know there is a name for it, but I can’t remember what it is).

  2. Gary Says:

    This is called Trichotillomania.
    Many women have this habit. In the middle of a conversation their hands automatically reach up to their hair, and stays there twirling and pulling at it all through the talk.

    What it does: This habit causes hair loss. It can lead to a serious form of hair disorder called trichotillomania, which is an impulse control disorder characterised by the loss of hair, thanks to the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, facial hair, nose hair, eyebrows or other body hair, sometimes resulting in noticeable bald patches.

  3. Corin Says:

    I am a 62 year old woman that has always had a very thick head of healthy hair. During the last 6 months I find that after a shower there is a lot of my hair in the drain and my hair has thinned considerably. When I sweep the floor I am finding a tremendous amount of my hair on the bottom of the broom. This did not start gradually. It’s been happening for the past 6 months and getting worse. I take vitamins, my diet is very healthy however, I do have a lot of stress. What can I do. I am very seriously concerned. I don’t know if it is falling out or breaking.

  4. Gary Says:

    Corin the best thing to do is to book in to the Centre and see one of our experienced trichologists who will be able to diagnose and treat your hair loss condition straight away. The most important thing is to act immediately and seek advice by contacting the Centre as time wasted leads to more problems.

  5. Tina Says:

    I have always been one to worry allot and have always coped ok, but over the past year with the pressures of a new job i have noticed my hair gradually become thinner. My GP suggested i start excerising and eating healthy, all of which i have been doing since i noticed the hair loss. None of the things i have tried have worked and my condition has become worse. What else is there left?

  6. Gary Says:

    Dear Tina
    Your should have suggested that you should have a routine blood test intially in order to rule out the obvious such as anaemia; thyriod and hormonal behaviour. These are some of the main causes of thinning hair in younger women. At the same time you could book in and see one of out Westminster trichologists who will be able to assist in a more direct fashion. In other words, we will be able to provide you with the answers to your questions at your initial consultation. Then you will be able to make an informed judgement as to what action is neccessary.
    Please feel free to write back if you should have any further questions.

  7. Gary Says:

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  8. Mrs Anjeli Sharma Says:

    I am aged 44 years and a female and have never worked in my first marriage. My first husband died of cancer after
    I had 2 children. 6 months later I got remarried and migrated to Australia and gave birth to 2 more boys. At present I am working as a assistant nurse for the last 4 years in an aged care home. I suffer from a very great hair loss after a shower and when I comb my hair. I have tried a lot of hair products but nothing has worked. My husband suggests that it is stress and I am not satisfied with my life and I worry a lot.
    Please advise what is my hair problem?

  9. farta Says:

    i am aged and i am stay @ home mum with 3 daugters, i am suffering severe hair loss and it started when i had my 1st daugter and its getting worse i don’t seen to be under stress and worry but at the same . please can you tell me wha to do because i tried diffrent kinds of product but nothing seems to be working, i also had my blood checked nothing is wrong with me .

  10. SC Says:

    I have been lossing hair a lot past 3 yrs , now it has become so bad and the thining is visible. It’s like I am nearing blad. I have been under lot of stress past few years. I have burning sensation most of the time on my scalp. Few months ago i thought may be I have female pattern bladness. The more I think I feel that loss of hair and reduced regrowth of hair could be because of continous stress for long period. I am 37 yrs and my blood work came out normal.
    I am now worried about lossing hair complete and becoming blad. Please let me know if there is any way , to stop further hair loss and promote regrowth.

  11. Sharon Says:

    I recently asked my husband of 27 years to leave when I caught him cheating. I was working two jobs to pay debts and they are still left with me, he gives me no support at all. I’ve had to quit one job, become a single parent and I am a nurse, one of the most stressful jobs you can get. He gives me loads of hassle,because he won’t sign the divorce papers, he raids our joint home when I’m not home taking things for his girlfriends house, invading my privacy and there is nothing legally I can do about it. I cannot escape the stress. I have just had my hair cut and noticed bald patches near the top of my fringe. Which ever way I part it, I can see it, that in itself is stressing me out. Please help me.

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