Who doesn’t work long hours? Most of the countries in the world have laws setting the maximum length of the working week. But in reality, many men and women work more hours than really expected. Besides playing havoc with your social life, recent research suggests working long hours can cause hair loss, in fact, an increase in hair loss. Trying to meet those pressing deadlines or going the extra mile for the promotion could be leading to hair loss.
A study reported on IBT site from scientists in South Korea took to studying the effects on working long hours and hair loss. The study looked at 13,391 men between the ages of 20 and 59. This was compared to the working hours performed. The findings showed that those in their 20’s or 30’s who worked at least a 52-hour week were twice as likely to develop hair loss compared to those consistently working fewer hours. As a result, scientists are urging lawmakers to limit the number of hours people can be employed to prevent this from happening.
Laws to reduce hair loss and working hours
Kyung-Hun Son, the leader of the South Korean research team urged legislators. He recommended a limit to the hours worked. Specifically, hours worked for those in their 20s and 30s. Also concluding that working regular office hours may help prevent them from this condition.
It’s commonly felt there is an association between stress and hair loss. Too much time at work can reduce productivity and cause an increase in stress levels. Technically, this can affect the growth phase of the hair follicles. Causing the follicles to prematurely enter the catagen phase. The intermediate stage between growth and resting. During the studies, common factors were also considered; age, marital status, education, monthly household income, smoking, and work schedule, to ensure a balance to the findings.
Kyung-Hun Son, of the Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, said –
A lot of studies have revealed the mechanism of alopecia development by stress.
In mice experiments, stress was significantly related to the inhibition of hair growth, induction of catagen cycle, and damage of hair follicles.
Other researches have also suggested that stress can affect injuries and inflammations of hair follicles, cell deaths, and inhibit hair growth.
Based on these previous researches, we can cautiously assume that the relationship between long working hours and the development of alopecia is likely to be mediated by job-related stress.
Shedding and hair loss
Common genetic hair loss affects the majority of men and women today. Androgenic alopecia or male (MPB) and female (FPB) pattern baldness. The hair loss pattern is largely predestined. That said, lifestyle factors have long been found to impact the health of your hair. These can range from styling products such as perming chemicals, sprays, and gels to smoking, food or our diet as well as exercise. Working long hours can cause hair loss, whether at work or maybe even staying up late working from home.
The hair loss type often dictates the hair loss pattern. Different hair loss conditions in themselves can increase stress. For some, it’s no more than a mild inconvenience. But to many, it can be severely distressing. As a result, it can lead to depression and a loss of confidence in oneself. So, how is it possible to tell if the hair loss is serious or not?
On average, men or women shed around 50 to 100 hairs every day. This is perfectly normal as the same number of hairs are growing back from other hair follicles over the head. This maintains a balanced coverage and hair density. But, working for long hours, can interrupt this natural growth cycle. In fact, it can cause normal hair loss to increase by more than 100%.
Dealing with unwanted hair loss
This interruption in the hair cycle can cause permanent hair loss. A shorter hair growth cycle causes a longer-dormant cycle. As a result, over time the hair growth reduces along with the hair quality.
In conclusion to the studies. Even after factoring in various lifestyle habits and status, researchers found that all participants showed similar results. That being, there was evidence that too much work may cause follicle damage leading to hair loss.
Some hair loss conditions can grow back on their own, with no help required. Others can be improved by changing your diet and making a few lifestyle changes, as discussed earlier. Although there are many hair loss treatments available there are less than a handful of actually approved treatments.
There are three FDA approved hair loss treatments available today. Always consult a doctor before starting any treatment, prescription or off the shelf. For more severe hair loss patterns surgical hair restoration is an option for some. FUE hair transplants especially are becoming a popular hair restoration option.
Hair transplants are not suitable for all hair loss types. A thorough consultation is required to advise if you are a suitable candidate. That said, an FUE hair transplant can deliver perfectly natural results. rebuilding hairlines and increasing hair coverage and density over areas of hair loss.
If you are concerned your hair is not looking or feeling as well as it should, or you have noticed an increase in hair loss or worse a balding hair loss pattern, you should contact a hair restoration specialist. A consultation can help to diagnose your hair loss cause and condition. Assess your hair loss stage and recommend the best action to take.