Physical Stress: How Does it Cause Hair Loss?

While emotional stress is a well-known cause of hair loss, physical stress can contribute to baldness too.

It’s vital to take care of your body and avoid stress as best you can to reduce your risk, though that’s often easier said than done.

But knowing how physical stress impacts hair growth can help you to avoid common pitfalls and care for your hair properly.

Below, we explore how physical stress causes hair loss and the treatments available.

Understanding how physical stress leads to hair loss

The following types of physical stress can trigger hair loss:

Drastic dietary changes

We all want to look our best. We all know how important it is to eat the right foods and avoid the wrong ones.

And that’s why two thirds of Britons are dieting most of the time (particularly women) in a bid to lose weight.

Unfortunately, though, this drive to shed excess pounds can evolve into an unhealthy fixation on eating less and less.

As a result, the body will become starved of many of the nutrients it needs to function as it should.

For example, adopting a low- or no-carb diet is a known cause of hair loss: research shows around one in 10 people who cut carbs out of their eating routine altogether experience hair loss of some form.

This is hardly surprising, considering carbs are one of the key food groups.

Removing them from your diet can lead to drastic effects, and it’s crucial to replace those lost nutrients normally gained from fruit or grains when you start focusing more on protein.

If you think you may be experiencing hair loss as a result of a carb-free diet, don’t worry: in most cases, this is reversible.

Start eating carbs or find another way to consume the essential nutrients you’re missing out on.

Do this, and you can expect to see normal hair growth resume within three months or so.

The keto diet is another known cause of food-related hair loss.

While it’s high in protein, this diet can lead you to forego the nutrients and vitamins your body needs to function in a healthy way.

And that includes giving your hair follicles the energy to maintain the proper hair growth cycle.

As the keto diet is heavily restrictive, you need to make sure your body gets the vitamins and minerals from foods you’re permitted to eat (or supplements).

If you want to avoid hair loss while following a strict diet, you should eliminate any plan that reduces your calories too much or is likely to make you more stressed emotionally.

Make sure you consume as many of the essential vitamins and minerals as you can, eat lots of fruit, vegetables, and grains.

And try to get enough sleep to feel rested.

Foods such as eggs, carrots, nuts, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, seeds, and beans can help to promote healthy, strong hair.

Physical trauma

Experiencing a powerful physical trauma, such as being involved in a life-threatening car accident, can cause the body to redirect fundamental nutrients to the vital organs — leaving the hair follicles without the energy to grow new strands.

The hair bulbs responsible for creating new hair rely on a steady supply of nutrients to maintain the natural growth cycle.

Significant trauma to the flesh or vital organs will cause hair bulbs to put hair cells into the telogen (“resting”) stage.

And, eventually, the hair will fall out.

Over time, once the healing process is almost or fully complete, hair growth should resume.

However, if not, hair transplant surgery can restore lost hair with natural results.

State-of-the-art FUE hair transplant surgery involves removing healthy hair follicles from the back and sides of the head before implanting them into bald or thinning areas.

This ensures new hairs blend seamlessly with the existing hair, matching the colour and texture perfectly.

To learn more about HairPalace’s hair transplant surgery and how you can save up to 50% against the standard cost of UK hair restoration treatments, contact our team now.