You must be wondering how your heartbreak make your hair fall out. The reason is emotional stress caused due to relationship problems.
Relationship problems like heartbreak, divorce, death of a loved one or a severe fight with your partner can cause emotional stress which ultimately leads to hair loss. There are many cases where in the partner walks out of marriage, breakups, heartbreaks, and relationship breakdown which leads to make you cry, emotionally crashed, and one couldn’t eat or sleep which ultimately leads to disturbed body mechanism and that anxiety leads to massive hair fall even baldness in some cases.
Hair loss due to emotional reasons is less common than physical stress. Hair loss is a common symptom of stress. The emotional stress and anxiety promote hormonal imbalance in body which in turn can cause hair loss to occur and make hair loss more difficult to control. Persistent stress due to relationship problems leads to anxiety and this anxiety is the reason for hair fall outs. Relationship issues make people put themselves under severe mental and physical stress all the time. When you are under any sort of stress, the brain triggers hormones which ultimately affects the hair follicles leading to a massive hair loss. The good news is that the hair loss due to relationship problems is not permanent. Reducing the problems and emotional stress can help in bringing the hair back.
Stress due to relationship problems can cause the below conditions that lead to hair loss:
- Alopecia Areata:
Under stress brain produces neurotransmitters which can trigger an auto-immune condition known as Alopecia areata, in which white cells responsible for fighting infection attacks the hair follicles leading to hair loss and sometimes total baldness. This is the condition in which there is sudden loss of clumps of hair on the scalp. Stress is suspected to be one of the reasons behind Alopecia Areata in which immune system turns on the hair follicles and leads to hair fall outs in large chunks.
- Telogen Effluvium:
This is the most common form of stress related hair loss in which due to stress it may send a number of hair follicles to rest phase and the hair attached to those affected hair follicles start to fall out in great volumes. Hair evolves through a cycle of growth (anagen), transition (catagen) and resting (telogen). During the resting phase hair are more prone to fallout even if there is a small pressure Extreme prolonged stress leads the hair to enter telogen prematurely and it makes the hair break off more easily. This condition occurs when your body tells your hairs to stop growing, two months later hairs will fall out.
This is the mental condition in which a person reaches a stage where he/she pulls out hairs without even realizing. This habitual condition is due to emotional and mental stress. A person usually comes in this condition as that person thinks it a method of coping up with the stress, anxiety, emotional trauma, loneliness and depression of an unhealthy relationship. This condition is quite different from the previous two as in this condition person compulsively pulls their hair from head, eyebrows, or other areas of body.
- Androgenic alopecia:
When you are excessively stressed in response to that androgen hormone is released causing androgenic alopecia (female pattern baldness) which may also lead to thinning of hair all over the head and hair loss.
- Neurotransmitters :
The more traumatic heartache, the more number of neurotransmitters (brain messages) are released which can trigger a variety of responses in the immune system and hormonal imbalance which can have a knock on effect on the hair follicles. Depending on the genetic makeup of one’s body these neurotransmitters can interfere the lifecycle of hair.
Best home remedies for the hair loss due to relationship problems:
- Do recreational activities like Exercise, Yoga or meditation
To get out of the emotional trauma and to reduce stress, increase the amount of regular exercise as it increases endorphins also known as happy hormones which improves the overall sense of wellbeing. Relax yourself with body massages, spas and warm bath in order to alleviate the built up tension. While working out breathe deeply and exhale it out as your body needs to focus more on the hair growth rather than the other relationship problems. Exercise is a sort of recreational activity which alleviates emotional stress and makes you feel calmer and relaxed.
Choose an exercise which you find something you enjoy like cycling, running, aerobics, swimming or dancing. If you like trekking, rock climbing go for that. Anything that pumps up your heart rate puts a smile on your face.
If not exercise try to inculcate the habit of yoga or meditation on daily basis as they are quite effective in reducing stress levels. Do a self-interrogation and clear your mind about those problems to get solutions and effectively handling them.
- Improved nutrition
Proper Nutrition plays a pivotal role in hair production and hair regrowth. Iron, protein, selenium and zinc are the building blocks of hair production. You can either take supplements for the same or intake of leafy vegetables, cereal grains can also help you achieving the required amount. Although the hair loss is due to emotional stress and not nutrient deficiency but still a proper diet can enhance the hair recovery process. Healthy eating gives you energy and enables your body to cope up with situation. Proper diet not only strengthens the hair but also save them from fall out.
Make sure you eat three well balanced meals a day. Prevent cravings for unhealthy snacks instead take green salads between meals. Avoid processed and sugary foods and switch to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and unsaturated fats like fish, nuts and olives. Omega 3 fatty acids are good for scalp health and vitamins like vitamin A, C, E contribute to hair growth.
- Increase the consumption of vitamin B and decrease Vitamin A
Cut back Vitamin A from your diet as it can trigger hair loss and instead switch to vitamin B as it is necessary for hair growth. If you have low levels of vitamin B then increase its intake by consuming fish, lean meat, starchy vegetables and non-citrus fruits. All these foods are rich source of vitamin B. In order to decrease the intake of vitamin A cut back on medications having vitamin A. the daily intake recommendation of vitamin is 5000IU. Vitamin B helps our body to deal with stress and helps in recovery from alopecia areata. You can also opt for vitamin B complex supplements.
- Get yourself aromatherapy at home
Aromatherapy is using natural oils extracted from flowers, barks, stems and roots to enhance the psychological well-being as it stimulates the brain function. The aroma of these essential oils has the ability to reduce anxiety, depression, speeds up the healing procedure, boosts sleep, strengthen the immune system and boosts the energy levels. Aromatic compounds present in essential oils are known as relaxants and helps in soothing your mind.
Aromatherapy not just releasing stress but also proved to have a great role in treating hair loss.
Listed below are few blends that you can make at home to relax yourself and prevent hair fallouts.
Hair loss Blend 1:
- 10 drops of cedar wood oil
- 10 drops of sandalwood oil
- 10 drops of lavender oil
- 8 drops of rosemary
Prepare of blend by mixing all the listed essential oils and mix few drops of olive oil to it. Massage this combination on your scalp before going to bed. It works wonders in treating haior loss de alopecia areata.
Hair loss Blend 2:
- 4 drops of lavender
- 4 drops of rosemary
- 4 drops of thyme
Prepare a blend and store it in a container. Mix 5 drops of this blend with 20 drops of olive oil or fractioned coconut oil. Massage this mixture into the scalp on daily basis.
Hair loss Blend 3:
- 3 drops of rosemary oil
- 4 drops of cypress
- 2 drops clary sage
- 5 drops of lavender
- 2 drops of juniper
Add 10 drops of coconut oil or grape seed to this blend and massage it for half an hour for relaxing effect.
If you can buy all the oils then try out different blends. You can also apply these oils before exercise and then take shower if it sounds messy doing it before going to bed. You can add 2-3 drops of these oils to shampoo for extra treatment. If you can only afford to buy one or two then go for rosemary and lavender.
- Get enough sleep
When someone is going through emotional trauma or depression due to relationship problems we usually keep our sleep to stake and don’t give body proper rest. Lack of sleep contributes to mental stress and your overall mood is impacted which in turn leads to stress related hair loss. Take proper sleep and aim at minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Read a book and take a hot bath to relax your body and then take a sound sleep to avoid stress related hair loss.
- Get hair spas at home
Hair spa is the best way to relax yourself and is the correct solution for hair loss due to stress. A hair spa not just pampers your head and hair with massage but also provides essential nutrients to hair with variety of packs you use. Hair spas strengthen the hair follicles, roots and nourishes the scalp. It increases cell metabolism and blood circulation that leads to natural hair birth. After a hair spa you fell so relaxed and calm that for a time being you forget all your problems.
You can do these miraculous hair spas at home as well. All you need to do is follow the five essentials that are: oil, massage, shampoo, conditioner and hair mask.
Step 1: Massage your scalp
Warm up some coconut oil, olive oil or a fusion of natural oils. Massage your head gently for at least 30 minutes so that it increases blood circulation and boosts the hair growth.
Step 2: Steam your hair
Dip a towel in warm water squeezing the excess water out. Wrap the towel around the hair so that oil deeply penetrates into the scalp. Remove the towel after 5 minutes.
Step 3: Wash your hair
Wash your with a mild shampoo and use only cold water to wash off the hair as hot water is harmful for roots.
Step 4: Apply conditioner
Use a conditioner after shampoo in order to close the open cuticles. You ca use tea leaves water with few drops of lime juice added to it. Or use grated/powdered beetroot as it is a great base rich in iron. Rinse off after half an hour with lukewarm water.
Step 5: Hair mask
This is the most crucial step as it seals the nourishment. Make a mask at home. Mix two eggs, honey and some coconut oil. You can use a ripe banana as well as it a hair softener. Leave the mask for 15 minutes and rinse off with mild shampoo.
Follow the above steps to get a home hair spa therapy. Make sure you repeat it every month to ensure healthy and soft hair.
- Try some home remedies to prevent hair fall:
You can try out some home remedies to reduce the hair loss due to emotional stress. But these remedies will only work if you have made the lifestyle changes discussed above. Following the correct lifestyle approach along with these remedies will give you great results.
Onion contains selenium and organosulfur compounds which is quite effective in treating the telogen phase of hair. It also fights infection and ensures a clean and healthy scalp. Squeeze out the onion juice and rub it on the scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off using a mild chemical free shampoo.
- Fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek seeds have an enzyme called precursors which breaks the dormant stage of hair follicles and helps in growth of new hair. Soak some fenugreek seeds overnight and make a paste by grinding the seeds. Apply the grounded seeds on the scalp. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and wash it off rubbing it on the scalp. It ensures a healthy scalp.
- Amla and Shikakai
Amla or Indian gooseberry is a rich source of vitamins and reduces hair fall. Shikakai conditions the hair ensuring complete protection to the hair due to breakage. Soak Amla and Shikakai in water overnight. In morning boil both the elements and make it to half. Strain the juice and wash off your hair with the solution. It is great for hair as t not just promotes growth but also conditions the hair.
- Jojoba flowers and leaves
Jojoba flowers and leaves is one of the best hair loss remedy for people who have stress as it has a natural cooling effect which is quite helpful in reducing stress. Crush jojoba flowers and leaves and apply it on hairs and scalp. Leave it for about an hour and wash it off properly with water rubbing the scalp with hands.
Additional tips for good care of your hair
The above lifestyle changes can surely help you reduce the emotional stress and hair loss due to relationship problems. Along with these lifestyle changes follow the below tips to avoid hair loss.
- Use a shampoo and conditioner that suits your scalp and hair type. And don’t forget to wash your hair at regular intervals as indulging in self-care is quite helpful in fighting stress.
- Don’t forget your hair care even if you are in stress or depression.
- Avoid using chemicals and styling tools on hair. And if you use them then follow proper precautions to overcome the harmful effects.
- Avoid washing hair too often as it can strip off the natural oil from hair making it dry and brittle.
- Nourish your hair by getting shine treatments or pamper yourself at home by getting hair masks and head massage.
- Get a new haircut for your hair so that you feel good about your look and it may also help you get over the emotional stress. Haircut will also eliminate damage from hair and help your hair look great.
- Don’t go for hairstyles that put stress on your head as it is uncomfortable and can lead to hair breakage.
Stay happy and indulge well with your near and dear ones to avoid unnecessary stress and the hair loss due to this. Overcome the life’s tragedies and traumas and indulge yourself in self-care to avoid body issues.