Stress is a well-known potential cause of hair loss. There are a couple of types of hair loss due to high stress:
Telogen effluvium – If you are consistently stressed, your body can begin to cause irregularities within the hair cycle, which can cause your hair to shed. Significant stress can push the follicles into the resting phase, causing the hair growth to stop.
Trichotillomania – The irresistible urge to pull out your hair could be way to deal with negative feelings (tension, loneliness or frustration).
Alopecia areata – Hair loss is caused because the body’s immune system is attacking the hair follicles.
There are a number of reasons millennials are under stress, including school, work, relationship problems and emotional stress.
Your diet can directly impact the health of your hair. A poor diet, with a lack of the right nutrients (including vitamins A, C, D and E, zinc, iron and protein) may slow down hair growth and potentially cause hair loss. With the more popular adoption of a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, particularly among millennials, an individual may not be getting enough protein and iron (which meat is a great source of) and could be a factor in hair loss. Eating a balanced diet and including supplements of iron and protein (if vegetarian/vegan) is important for healthy hair.