While stress can contribute to hair loss, it is not a direct cause of a receding hairline. Stress-induced hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, typically leads to overall hair thinning rather than a receding hairline. Telogen effluvium occurs when a significant stressor disrupts the normal hair growth cycle, causing a large number of hair follicles to enter the resting phase (telogen) prematurely.
During telogen effluvium, the hair sheds more than usual, resulting in diffuse hair thinning across the scalp. However, the hairline itself may not be significantly affected.
That said, managing stress is still important for maintaining overall hair health. Chronic stress can disrupt the body’s hormonal balance, impair nutrient absorption, and weaken the immune system, all of which can indirectly contribute to hair loss and thinning. Implementing stress management techniques, such as exercise, meditation, and seeking support, can help promote a healthier scalp environment and minimize excessive hair shedding.