Can stress can mess with your hair?

We don’t know about you Boost Babes, but stress is totally #notavibe. Not only is it challenging to deal with, but it can cause some serious problems to your hair health; in particular, hair loss. Yep, you heard correctly! There is a correlation between hair loss and stress. Want to know more? Keep reading to find out how stress can mess with your hair! 

The first thing to understand when looking at stress-induced hair loss is that there are three different types of hair depletion caused by stress:

  1. Telogen effluvium
  2. Alopecia areata
  3. Trichotillomania

Telogen effluvium

In non-scientific terms (you know, normal talk), telogen effluvium refers to the resting phase of hair growth. Stress can affect this stage of hair growth by changing the number of hair follicles that are growing in your scalp at that time; often resulting in shedding (quite noticeably/rapidly). 

This thinning may not occur all over the head. It’s often seen in patches, especially toward the centre of the scalp. People affected by TE usually don’t lose all of their scalp hair.

The good news is that this type of stress-induced hair loss isn’t permanent and can be fully reversed! Telogen effluvium hair loss doesn’t permanently damage the hair follicles; however, the rate at which hair will grow back depends on the type and level of stress endured by the body. 

Our recommendation? Try Derma Rolling to stimulate hair growth directly on the areas of the scalp affected by TE. 

When in use, the miniature needles in a Derma Roller create ‘micro-injuries’ in the skin and hair follicles. When the micro-injuries caused by the Derma Roller are healing, the body automatically increases collagen and stimulates new cell production. Collagen is scientifically proven to aid in hair growth as the body uses the amino acids in collagen to build hair proteins. 

Alopecia areata 

Stress comes in many forms; however, it can all impact your hair’s health and ability to withstand depletion. Such types include auto-immune issues; in your hair’s case, we’re talking about Alopecia Areata (AA). 

AA develops when your immune system attacks your hair follicles. This may be triggered by stress, and it can result in hair loss. This type of stress-induced hair loss sees large patches of balding across sections of the scalp or the entire scalp (in extreme cases). 


This form of hair loss is known as ‘hair-pulling disorder’. Considered an impulse control disorder, many individuals may result in pulling out their hair when under extreme stress as a coping mechanism. 

Hair pulling from the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes is often noticeable. This may cause additional stress, perpetuating the cycle of the disorder.

While there isn’t a product or medicine you can take to stop yourself from unintentionally pulling your hair out, there is a range of solutions to promote follicle stimulation and hair re-growth. 

Our recommendation? Try adding anti-hair loss/ hair growth support supplements into your daily hair care routine. Supplements will help ‘promote’ hair growth by ensuring you’re receiving sufficient nutrients, vital for cell regeneration. For long term success, keeping on top of your nutritional needs is critical while you combat the root cause of your trichotillomania hair loss. 

Pssst! Important notes to remember before buying a Derma Roller:

You must select a derma roller from a reputable supplier – we want to make sure you and your scalp are in safe hands! Ours is a class 1 medical listed device, registered with the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG 310522). Check it out here.

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