Well... yes! It is one of the most common causes of hair loss, but not the only cause. When you experience a large amount of physical or emotional stress, your hair can be pushed prematurely into the resting phase. Normally, hair has a cycle that moves from growth (anagen phase) to falling out (exogen phase). Typically around 5-15% of your hair is in the resting (telogen) phase at any given time. However, in the event of a large amount of stress, a greater percentage of your hair can be triggered to move into this resting phase. Then 1-6 months later, you will notice all that hair falling out. If you think about it, you should be able to trace the hair loss back to whatever it was that happened in the previous months. The fancy name for this is Telogen Effluvium (in other words, "resting phase shedding").
There are many other reasons hair loss may occur, such as dietary deficiencies, thyroid conditions, autoimmune conditions, certain drugs, delivering a baby, certain febrile illnesses, or organ dysfunction.
If you are struggling with struggling to get out of a cycle of stress or anxiety, or if that doesn't seem to be the answer to your hair loss but you still have questions, see your ND to help get back that beautiful mane you've been missing!
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