Do you tend to panic at the slightest inconvenience? Are you often asked by your friends, family and colleagues to calm down? If the answer to these questions is yes, maybe it’s time you took them seriously, because stress not only affects your health and well-being, but it is also a major hair aggressor. If you see yourself constantly changing shampoos, conditioners and hair serums that don’t work as promised, then this is where stress comes into play. Here are five ways stress may be ruining your locks without you knowing.

Hair loss
 

Hair loss

Each time you are stressed, your body starts acting a little partial towards the rest of your vital organs, and starts ignoring your hair’s well-being. This is why it becomes difficult for your hair to cope with stress. Due to this lack of nourishment and vital nutrients, your hair becomes prone to damage and hair fall.

Dandruff
 

Dandruff

While stress is not known to be the direct reason for dandruff, it does trigger and/or worsens flaking and itching of the scalp – especially if you are already prone to dandruff. This is because stress tends to weaken your immune system and makes it vulnerable to naturally existing microbes in your scalp leading to dandruff and hair loss.

Premature greying
 

Premature greying

Ageing and genetics play the most important role when it comes to greying hair, but unfortunately, stress is not too far behind. Stress can intensify the rate at which your hair turns grey.

Makes your hair and scalp oily
 

Makes your hair and scalp oily

If you think that each time you are stressed, your scalp tends to feel oilier than usual, it’s because stress increases the production of a hormone called cortisol. This sudden rise in cortisol levels makes the sebaceous glands in your scalp go into overdrive. All the excess sebum release makes your hair and scalp feel extremely greasy and limp.

Slows down hair growth
 

Slows down hair growth

Stress affects the natural hair growth cycle. This could be because when you are stressed, you tend to gorge on comfort foods that usually have very little nutritional value. They lack all the essential vitamins that foster hair growth, making the hair growth cycle slow and laborious.