Hair loss can be a headache. But can losing your hair actually cause headaches? There may be a link between hair loss and headaches you experience.
According to experts, there are two types of hair loss that may be linked to headaches: traction and autoimmune-related alopecia.
Traction alopecia is commonly associated with tight hairstyles. So ponytails, braids, and even hair rollers secured tightly can cause this condition over time. Hair loss happens because of too much strain on hair follicles by these hairstyles.
But it’s important to note that the headaches are not caused by the hair falling out. Or by having the alopecia condition itself. Instead, headaches occur from the tension caused by these excessively straining hairstyles.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) may also cause headaches and hair loss. This condition is related to body inflammation. It’s more commonly known as lupus. And it may be autoimmune in nature.
Unfortunately, though researchers are investigating a possible link between autoimmune diseases and headaches, results are inconclusive.
The link between hair loss and headaches may not be due directly to a hair condition at all. Telogen effluvium causes temporary hair loss due to extreme stress. This is usually a temporary condition, and will resolve itself on its own.
This temporary hair loss may be linked to headaches because of the extreme or sudden stress event. And the headaches may be a result from stress and tension.
What to Do
If you have headaches related to traction alopecia, one of the best things to do is stop wearing tight hairstyles. And limit the stress you are putting on hair follicles.
But if your headaches are due to other conditions such as SLE, it would be best if you spoke with your doctor.
There may be a link between hair loss and headaches. But it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Try to limit excessive stress to your hair follicles. And manage your stress levels.
If you feel that they are associated with an underlying condition, speak to your doctor as soon as possible.