There are a few different factors in hair loss; your hair loss could be caused by your age, stress and even medication you could be taking. In this article, the Harley Street Hair Clinic is looking into your city job because that could actually be one of the reasons behind your hair loss.
What causes hair loss?
Hair loss does not have one defined cause and there are many different factors that can cause your hair to fall out. Your hair loss can be caused because of your genes, hormones, age, and even stress.
Although these are the four main factors within hair loss, certain aspects of your life can also have an impact on your hair loss. Factors such as where you live, your alcohol intake, and your diet can affect your hair loss. This discussion looks into working in the city and how this can affect your hair loss.
Pollution in the city
Air pollution is the release of particles and noxious gases into the atmosphere. These emissions can be either natural or manmade, but both can have a negative effect on the environment.
Larger cities, such as London, tend to have problems with pollution, London being one of the most polluted locations in the UK due to its size, dense road network and high buildings.
Recent studies have shown the onset of male pattern baldness in relation to different environmental factors, these include, pollution and smoking. The toxins and carcinogens that are found in polluted air are believed to block mechanisms that produce the protein which hair is made from which can result in hair growth stopping.
A stressful job
Working in the city can be stressful before you’ve even got to the office. Getting on and off the tube or the bus in rush hour and then battling through the busy streets, just to be greeted by a huge pile of work on your desk, due in an hour.
In Great Britain, work related stress is a huge problem. In 2015 the number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety hit an all time high of 44,000 cases.
London commuters suffer more stress than any other European city, and at least 16.7% of workers complain their job is stressful. Getting stressed can cause hair loss, stress related hair loss is called Telogen Effluvium and is one of the most common types of hair loss.
When you experience a great deal of stress, such as the constant stress from work, your hair follicles can stop growing and lie dormant, these dormant follicles then fall out after around 2-3 months, causing hair loss.
The good news is, stress related hair loss isn’t permanent. If your cause of stress does stop, the follicles will resume the normal growth process and your hair will start to return within 6 to 9 months.
How to avoid letting your job cause hair loss
Both the location and how stressful your job is can lead to hair loss, something you might be able to stop by making a few small changes.
Firstly, you can easily check the pollution of your area online to find out what areas are more polluted. You could then consider moving job, or maybe moving house to a less polluted area if your current job is in a polluted area.
Reducing stress will have a big impact on the health of your hair; sadly we can’t all just quit our jobs and live on a quiet, stress free island.
Regular holidays from work to allow yourself to totally relax, as well as trying to avoid working outside of your office hours to allow time at home after work to de-stress are both recommended, however.
If you have any questions about your hair loss or need any advice, please contact the Harley Street Hair Clinic for a no obligation consultation today.