• Does Holiday Stress Cause Hair Loss?

The holidays are a special time of year, but the stress they can add may increase hair shedding. Is this normal or a sign that points to more significant problems?

The holidays are fast approaching, and along with them come the joys of the season like glad tidings, great food, and time spent with family & friends. Unfortunately, one unforeseen effect of the holiday season is the added stress that they can cause, and for some individuals, this can lead to stress-related hair loss.

Stress can be one of the hairs’ biggest enemies. They explain that as our body reacts to stress, our adrenal glands produce cortisol, AKA “the stress hormone.” Individuals in a constant state of stress may have chronically elevated cortisol levels, leading to health issues like adrenal fatigue. A fatigued adrenal gland does not work as efficiently and can alter the production of other hormones, like DHT.  Increased DHT levels directly affect hair follicles and their growth cycle, even leading to hair loss.


The challenge individuals experiencing stress-related hair loss often face is not recognizing the problem right away. Symptoms, like excessive hair shedding, occur around three to six months after the stressful period. Stress-related hair loss usually is not a cause for concern, provided you have been properly maintaining your hair and scalp. With time the increased shedding should stabilize back to normal daily levels as the normal hair growth cycle continues.  In other cases, hair can begin to diffuse, grow in thinner, or become dormant.

Excessive hair shedding itself can be stressful. If not treated, it can create a perpetual cycle of stress-related hair loss. Individuals experiencing hair loss must maintain a healthy scalp to help prevent or lessen the internal effects of stress on the hair. If you have not been correctly caring for your hair and scalps’ specific needs, you could be experiencing symptoms similar to stress-related hair loss, which, if not treated, can lead to long-term hair loss.

Holiday Stress or Something Else?

When the body consistently sheds significantly more than 80 to 100 hairs daily, a person has excessive hair shedding, which several factors can cause. These factors include increased or constant stress levels, medications you may be taking, internal factors like hormones (menopause and pregnancy), thyroid function, or improperly caring for your hair and scalp. In some cases, hair can recover and return to its normal growth cycle. In other cases, hair can begin to diffuse, grow in thinner, or become dormant.

Prevent With ScalpCheck

Instead of self-diagnosing whether your hair shedding is stress-related or something more, consider visiting our center for our exclusive ScalpCheck, which gives you an in-depth analysis designed to help determine the health of your hair and scalp. This allows us to customize a hair and scalp care protocol based on your specific needs. Ultimately, reducing or preventing hair and scalp problems before they start and helping you maintain beautiful, healthy hair and scalp for years to come.

A Part of Your Solution

As a part of your solution for stress-related shedding and excessive hair, shedding may be the Havogen 5 patch by CR Labs. This transdermal, non-medical patch is clear, water-resistant, and designed to be worn for 12 hours each day to gradually absorb the active, natural ingredients. Through this particular combination of the vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and plant extracts, along with the slow-release technology’s unique mechanism, the Havogen 5 patch can slow or stop hair loss and reduce the excess of oil – ultimately fighting the problem of hair loss at the root.

5 Benefits of Havogen Patch

  1. Reduces oil and inhibits the production of DHT (cause of hair loss)
  2. Provides antioxidants to help eliminate toxins at the root
  3. A blend of vitamins helps reinforce and stimulate hair growth
  4. Proteins strengthen and protect the structure of the hair shaft
  5. Create a better overall attachment experience due to less smell, itch, and premature slip.

Unwrap the present of a healthier scalp and hair.

The holidays are coming, and with it, the possibility of stress-related shedding. So now is a perfect time to schedule a ScalpCheck to discover your hair and scalp’s health and ensure holiday stress shedding isn’t masking a longer-term hair loss problem.