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There are many factors that can contribute to thinning hair and hair loss. The most common, and one that people are most familiar with, is Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the main contributing factor in male pattern loss, and DHT has been shown to cause hairs to thin, and, over time, fall out. However, stress can also cause hair to thin and fall out. Hair grows and sheds in cycles, and on average in a healthy person, about 80-90% of hair at a given time will be in the growth phase. The other 10-20% will be in a resting or shedding phase. However, stress has been shown to skew those percentages so that more hair is in a resting or shedding phase. The hair follicle is still alive, but your hair may look thinner and shed more.

To treat hair loss of this type, the solution is decreasing stress. Whether it is work related stress, stress at home, or any other type of stress, your hair is sensitive to changes in stress hormones. While this hair will return if the stress is decreased, over time it can damage the hair and cause hair loss.

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