Hair loss can take a devastating toll on a person’s self-esteem. And while many causes can be traced to genetics and unbalanced hormone levels, research shows that stress is, more often than not, the culprit.

A 1998 study from Psychology Report fund that women under high stress are 11 times more likely to experience hair loss. A 1994 study from Skin Pharmacology showed that so-called “androgenic” hair loss in women is actually more strongly linked to elevated cortisol levels than androgen levels, and the severity of their hair loss was directly related to the severity and duration of the stress.

Then, of course, there’s the stress= hair loss= stress; catch-22. According to a 2004 study from the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, thinning hair is a significant stress in and of itself, and as such, contributes to a vicious cycle of continued hair loss.

By taking the edge off of your stress, you can help to put the halt on thinning hair, and possibly start to restore your lock. A great place to start is with adaptogens, natural metabolic regulators that help "normalize" your body's reaction to stress.


Some of the best include ashwagandha root (200 mg), Rhodiola rosea (200 mg), eleuthero root (150 mg), and holy basil (150 mg).