hair lossThe countdown to Christmas has officially begun, but come December 25th, many may find themselves with an unwanted Christmas gift. No, it’s not the standard Christmas jumper from your aunty Doris, it is in fact, hair loss.

While Christmas is supposed to be a magical, joy-filled time, it can be surprisingly stressful. There’s the presents to buy, the decorations to put up, the stress of producing the perfect Christmas dinner – it all adds up. Stress has long been linked to numerous hair loss conditions and so it’s unsurprising the stressful run-up to the big day can prove too much for your precious follicles.

Christmas is considered the 6th most stressful life event

A survey has revealed that many people consider Christmas the 6th most stressful life event. In fact, it’s even been placed up there with changing jobs and moving to a new house. So, which parts prove the most stressful?

The majority of people stated finding the right gifts was the most stressful part of the holidays, while others stated they became stressed at the thought of even going shopping during Christmas time.

Once the presents have been bought and the stress of shopping is over, the biggest stress comes on Christmas Day itself. Cooking the Christmas dinner and being surrounded by family you barely see; can all prove just a little too much.

The trouble is, significant stress can cause temporary hair loss. So, don’t be surprised if you wake up one day after Christmas to discover your hair is looking a little bit thinner!

Preventing and treating stress related hair loss

Of course, the best way to prevent stress-related hair loss is to simply avoid getting too stressed out. However, where this isn’t  possible then there are available treatments.

The good news is, once Christmas is over and things have calmed down, your stress levels will return back to normal and any hair loss you doe experience will be temporary. This doesn’t make it any easier to deal with of course, but treatments such as Minoxidil do.

Minoxidil is an FDA approved topical treatment which can really help with temporary hair loss. There’s also medications which could prove effective if the hair loss is mild to moderate. Overall, it’s best to have the hair loss diagnosed before seeking treatment as it could be down to an underlying issue, rather than simply stress.