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Losing Hair from Stress? These 4 Simple Solutions Can Help Stop It

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What a difference a month makes. In March, spring brought the promise of the great outdoors with longer days, warmer temperatures, and revived natural colors of spring. Now due to the Coronavirus, most people are stuck inside while dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety.

With so many aspects of everyday life in turmoil, it’s easy to put taking care of yourself on the back burner. All of that anxiety can start to leave a toll mentally and physically. For women especially, the effect of stress can lead to excessive levels of hair loss. Experts say shedding due to stress could occur two to three months after a causative event and may last up to six months.

Here’s the thing. Stress-induced hair loss isn’t a foregone conclusion. There’s plenty you can do to slow shedding down or prevent it altogether. Here are four simple solutions recommended by Dr. Mary Wendel, founder of Medi Tresse, a medical practice that specializes in the treatment of female hair loss with locations in Wellesley and Worcester.

Continue Hair Treatments

Abruptly stopping treatments like minoxidil or low-level laser therapy can cause shedding after a few months, so continue these treatments and continue your vitamins and supplements.

Eat More Protein

Protein is crucial to keeping your hair healthy, so consider switching up your diet to include more protein-rich foods like yogurt, cheese, fish, lentils, and smoothies.

Practice Self-Care

Activities like yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, aromatherapy with essential relaxing oils like chamomile and lavender, and general exercise are great for reducing stress levels.

Call the Experts

You don’t have to suffer through hair loss in silence. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your hair during this difficult time, the medical staff at Medi Tresse are available by phone or video to help.

To learn more about female hair loss and book an online video consultation, visit meditresse.com.