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THIS Is How Stress Really Affects Your Hair


03 . 25 . 19
Deanna McCormack

Deanna McCormack

Deanna McCormack is a Canadian born communications specialist, athlete, writer and dry-shampoo enthusiast living in Chicago. Loves products too much to be considered low-maintenance but can be out the door in 10 minutes or less because #sleep. Joined the Mane Addicts team in May 2015.
Deanna McCormack

It’s no surprise that stress can take a seriously negative toll on your body. What you might not realize however, is that your skin and hair are also susceptible to the negative outcomes of stress. So what are the red flags that stress may be affecting you hair? The most obvious is loss and breakage, which happens because stress hormones cut off the flow of nutrients and oxygen to your hair and skin. And lack of nutrition to hair = hair loss. Another sign that stress affects hair is if you have stubborn dry scalp and strands. Stress is known to dehydrate skin and hair causing fine lines, wrinkles, and dry, lackluster skin and hair. With that said, if you know stress might be the reason your hair looks less than perfect,  reverse the bad with these de-stressing techniques.

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To combat the stress and anxiety in your daily life that’s causing bad hair and rejuvenate your body and mind, try incorporating meditation into your day. The Headspace app is a great way to practice mindfulness on the go. Exercise is another great way to blow off steam and de-stress. Try signing up for a fun workout class (which is a great way to socialize as well) or just get out and enjoy the sunshine. A little extra vitamin D will lift your mood, too.


The best way to recover your hair from the effects of stress is to nurture it from the inside out. If loss and breakage are your biggest concerns, consider adding a hair-growth supplement that contains biotin (like this one from OUAI) to your diet along with vitamin and omega rich foods like eggs, beans, lean protein and green veggies. Just remember, hair re-growth won’t happen over night. Also, if you’re looking for instant mood boosting foods that fight stress at an earlier stage, reach for avocados, mushrooms, grapes and dark chocolate.

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A quick way to de-stress overworked hair is to add a nutrient-rich serum or oil into your routine, like Gisou’s Honey Infused Hair Oil from fashion blogger Negin Mirsalehi. Honey is the oil’s key ingredient and is a natural blend of minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. Honey is also known as nature’s humectant, due to its moisture-retaining properties. Also, remember to protect yourself from further drying and damage by using UV and heat protectors whenever you style.

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