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Stress & Anxiety-Related Hair Loss


We all have boiling points—between family and career pressures and daily triggers—stress amasses and what happens? A physical, psychological, and emotional explosion. But here’s the tricky thing: stress isn’t a fleeting concept, it’s a legitimate and often overlooked medical condition. Stress ricochets throughout our lives and manifests itself into illness, emotional turmoil, and hair loss.

And that’s not all. Are you having digestive issues? Do headaches plague you? Maybe you’ve lost or gained weight suddenly? Are you having trouble fighting off that pesky cold? Stress is responsible for 75-90% of all human diseases, according to a study by Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. These numbers are telling, yet for as widespread and universal stress is, it’s equally misunderstood. Let’s clear the air on stress and make room for understanding, healing, treatment, and a little zen while we’re at it.


Stress is a natural reaction triggered in the hypothalamus, the brain’s stress response center. When something stressful happens, the hypothalamus produces stress hormones that send you into “fight or flight” mode. How does stress cause hair loss? Adrenal glands produce the hormone, cortisol, which shifts hair follicles out of active growing (the Anagen phase) and into active shedding (the Exogen phase). This complex system is vital in helping you respond to extreme stress. Yet it’s commonly misused from regular, ongoing stress triggers. The result? Radical changes in the body’s physiology, psychology, and health. 

does stress cause hair loss?

Can stress lead to hair loss? Absolutely, and stress related hair loss affects 55% of Americans, according to a 2018 Gallup Poll. Compared to the global average of 22%, it’s evident that U.S. citizens are stressed out. Daily stress creates a cycle of compounded damage: stress leads to physical symptoms, and in turn, these symptoms generate more stress, and can lead to hair loss due to anxiety and stress.

Chronic stress leads to hair thinning, breakage, and loss. What’s more, stress appears in many forms. While one woman can experience stress-related hair loss from a demanding job, another can experience it from a death in the family. There is no strict yardstick for whom stress-related hair loss effects. What we do know for sure is that repeated and ongoing stress triggers send the hypothalamus into overdrive and result in hair loss for many people.

stress AND hair loss causes

Stress induced hair loss can either be acute or chronic.

Acute Hair all from stress occurs as a response to a high-stress incident. In this case, hair loss occurs 2-3 months after the catalyzing event. Examples include major surgery, car accident, high fever, emotional trauma, and even crash dieting. This type of stress induced alopecia will begin to regrow within 3-6 months after identifying the stress trigger.

Chronic stress is an ongoing and will result in continuous excessive hair shedding. Hair fall from chronic stress may indicate an underlying medical condition such as a thyroid issue, medical illness, or poor nutrition. Chronic stress-related hair loss will cause general hair thinning all over the scalp. Once the stress triggers or condition is under control, hair should start to grow back.  Anxiety hair loss occurs from ongoing chronic stress that takes an extreme toll on a person’s mental, emotional, and psychological wellbeing.

There are three stress-related hair loss condition:

Telegen Effuvium

A common issue caused by repeated stress triggers or a significant and stressful life event. Stress causes ample amounts of hair follicles to remain in the resting phase. Then, these compromised strands suddenly begin shedding in excess.

Alopecia Areata

An immune response that occurs during times of high stress. The immune system attacks the hair follicles and results in excessive shedding and hair fall.


This is a less common condition that affects only about 2.5 million Americans at some point in their lives, according to a study from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. People with trichotillomania repeatedly pull out their hair as a behavioral response to stressful and emotional triggers.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF stress-related hair loss

The first sign of stress-related hair loss is noticeable, and excessive hair shedding defined as root strands per day. You may start to notice more strands on your brush or comb, more clumps in the shower, or falling about you as you journey through the day-to-day. Hair breaks, thins and ultimately, it falls out. Fortunately, stress-related hair loss can be treated and cured. To do this requires addressing and alleviating the root cause of the stress itself.


Unfortunately, there is no Female Pattern Hair Loss. However, some solutions can delay the progression of it—especially when caught early. Unlike men, most women will not lose most of the hair on the top of the scalp. While overall thinning may occur, there are cosmetic, medicinal, and alternative treatment options to give the appearance of fuller, thicker hair.


There is no way to prevent cancer-related hair loss caused by chemotherapy, radiation, or cancer treatment. It’s important to keep perspective. Remember that although hair loss is a side effect of chemotherapy, it’s vital to your health and recovery to work closely with your oncologist and medical team to choose the safest healing path. Fortunately, cancer-related hair loss is temporary, and there are things you can do to help you transition and adjust to your body’s natural reaction to cancer-related Alopecia.

The most effective way to minimize alopecia due to stress is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach.

• Seek guidance from a medical professional.
• Seek counsel from a therapist or psychological support team.
• Identify stress triggers and eliminate the ones you can, and incorporate ways to better manage the one you can't.


The first step on your stress hair loss treatment path is to identify the stress triggers in your life. From work pressures to raising kids to health issues, stress isn’t singular and will affect each woman differently. Once you identify your stress triggers, you can start implementing strategies to minimize stress and invite more peace into your life.

Here are some ways to better manage stress and treat stress-related hair loss:

● Meditate, even if only for 10 minutes a day to ease into a mindful, meditative state.

● Adopt a consistent exercise regimen, including 30-minute aerobic activities 3-5 times a week.

● Reduce your caffeine intake: One cup of coffee provides energy but overdo it, and you may feel elevated levels of anxiety, stress, and heart palpitations. As per the FDA, limit your daily caffeine intake to 400 milligrams and make your cutoff 2 p.m.

● Squeeze a stress ball in situations where stress is unavoidable, at the office, or during a problematic stress trigger or emotional confrontation.

● Listen to soothing music throughout your day, at work, or during your daily commute.

● Adopt an emotional support pet if your circumstances permit it.

By addressing the root of stress, you can expect hair to revert to the growth phase within 3-6 months. If hair loss is significant or noticeable, use an anti hair shedding treatment or cosmetic solution to give the appearance of fuller, bouncier, healthier hair.

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Jennifer Rose
Love my Follea Rene - and the amazing customer service!

I considered purchasing a wig for years as my hair became increasingly thin. I finally decided the time was right and I’m so thankful to have found Follea. I purchased the Rene 12 inch in Caramel Latte and I absolutely love it – both the color and style are perfect. Stylist consultant, Tracy Romo, was so incredibly supportive and knowledgeable -- she walked me through every step of the process. She assisted with measurements and answered all of my questions via video calls. I can’t say enough about the amazing customer service I experienced from beginning to end. Tracy guided me in the right direction every step of the way, even sending me helpful videos and styling tips. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my experience.

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M. Terese Weir
Easy Beauty!

My Follea Style (6-11) is in all honesty the most comfortable wig I've ever worn - and I hate anything on my head! This wig just... goes where it's supposed to, no pulling it this way or that, no realizing your doggone wig is crooked.. AFTER you walk in to work. This success is in no small part to the Fit Kit I was sent to make sure of my size. 😊

Also, to say the hair is beautiful gives beauty a bad name. The hair is stunning. (I wear color Latte.) My consultant, Ashley, virtually took my hand to guide me through the process of buying my wig. Her help was and still is invaluable.

My hairdresser is very comfortable styling wigs. She created just the right "style" for my Style. That said, even straight from the box, Follea rocks!

Reading your Follea experience warms our hearts, our goal and mission is to help women all over the world feel beautiful, confident and like their best self. Ashley is an amazing and knowlegable guide, that will continue to be with you on your hair journey!

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Kimberlee Bluhm
Wig #6

The ready to wear wig I received from Daniel Alain is beautiful. The packaging was so respectful of the wig. So impressed. I called with questions before purchasing and the staff was very kind and respectful as Loosing my hair was so unexpected and stressful. Thank you for wonderful customer service and a beautiful wig. So many compliments on how it makes me look. Thank you.

We are honored and so glad to hear you had a pleasant experience! Thank you or trusting us to help you during your hair-loss journey.

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I had an amazing experience with purchasing a wig with Follea.
I can’t say enough about Tracy and the VIP service I got from her. She was always there on the other side of the phone , no matter what day or time and help me every step of the way!
I have never had such great customer service in any of the other leading wig companies I bought wigs from. Hands down the best!
Thank you

Thank you very much for sharing - it means the world to know that you had an exceptional experience with Tracy.

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Patty McKenna
Amazing Personalized treatment

What a wonderful experience I had. Tracy was so sweet and kind and found me the perfect wig. Her patience and understanding when I couldn't decide exactly what I wanted , and finding me the perfect wig and answering all my crazy questions. I left with such a beautiful wig. Thank you again Tracy ♥️♥️

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy Tracy was able to assist you on your hair journey!

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Kim sissons
Tracy Romo is a life changer!

When you first go through your personal hair loss journey, you go through so many emotions and sometimes you get desperate. People like to take advantage of those searching for an answer. After making a very costly mistake, Tracy was a game changer for me! She was amazing, very knowledgeable and helped me understand what to look for, how to ensure I got the right size, face timed me to measure and ensure it was correct. I cannot say enough amazing things about Tracy, and my amazing Follea wig.

Kim, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience Daniel Alain. It warms our heart to hear to Tracy was such a positive impact. We would love to see your new hair debut, tag us on instagram @Follea.

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Style 10 Inch Color 5005 Macchiato (comes with a soft rooting)

This is my first wig but not my first attempt with alternative hair. Its been a journey and one I knew I wanted to take with Follea. I was not wrong. The hair is silky soft and beautifully shiny. The staff is great and wonderful to work with. Their online consultation process is just what I needed. I received sample caps to try on to determine which size is the right size for me. I received color swatches as well to make the color selection process was a breeze. It does make a difference to see to the colors in person, dont be afraid to ask for color swatches. To see them against the light or while your home is worth it. All this happened after the online consultation, which was simple and fun. The rep provided samples of everything, explained the differences with each one. This helped me make a decision on what was right for me. Getting the samples of the wig caps and color swatches was a fun part of the experience but it also made me feel good about my decisions. I often worry about getting the wrong size and color. Once I was set ( and yes I changed my mind a bit) we went forward with the order. After I received my wig and cut the lace, the team was still there to help me with any questions I had.

Overall a great online purchasing experience. Once I received my Follea, I instantly knew this was it for me. I loved it and I was confident to wear it out.

Feeling Myself and Happy with a beautiful Follea Style, 10", Irish Cream

There are no words to fully express how grateful I am for finding Follea and meeting Janet. Her kindness combined with a professional, yet so gentle, advice helped me to find my beautiful natural looking European hair. Janet patiently showed me different styles and sizes (my head is so small!). She has never pushed me to anything. Only offered support and help on the way to my decision, and eventually ordered (incredibly urgently) the right size. I wish all patients to meet someone like Janet on their way! Before I found Follea, I faced a few horrible pushy people who wanted to make money of my sensitive, fragile situation of suddenly losing hair.
Today, I can face the Universe with a smile, again. I am back to work and normal life, interacting with people, attending important business meetings. Letting my health recover in calm confident state.
Thank You to Follea and Janet. May the Blessing and Kindness come back to You Multiplied Million Times.
I am already thinking of ordering a second Follea Style (bit longer this time). Every girl needs a special occasion HAIR! I have found mine.

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erin graff
Looooove me some FOLLEA!!!

Girl I love my new wig!!!!!! I feel like Beyoncé wearing it, you can’t even tell that it’s a wig! My confidence is an all new high and I feel fierce. Thanks to Janet for making my hair dreams come true. Xoxoxo

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Heather L
Follea's Petite

Recently, I bought the Petite in Chai Latte blonde with a natural-looking darker root and customized my piece by adding a few wispy bangs. If you are like me and try to stretch the length of time between washes to prevent an itchy scalp and breakage, this little priceless gem is a quick four clips away from a good hair day.

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Diane B.
Great Customer Services

Great customer services! Received in a timely manner. Very happy with my topper, especially after I trimmed bangs and length to fix my own hair.

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