The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists Weighs in on Whether Stress is Causing More Women to Lose Hair

The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists (, a Toronto-based organization offering hair loss treatments for over 25 years, is addressing whether more women are losing their hair due to stress.

According to a recent news article, there is now an epidemic of women losing their hair. One dermatologist was quoted as saying that his practice has seen a 50 percent increase in female patients in only the last five years. As well, 40 percent of women will experience hair loss during their lifetime. (Source: Landman, B., “More stressed-out women are losing their hair,” New York Post, April 18, 2016;

“Hair loss isn’t just for men,” says Ken Robson, founder of the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists. “When people think of balding, they usually think of men, but that’s actually very misleading. While women don’t have the same patterns of hair loss, they can also suffer from balding. It’s a real problem that’s rarely talked about.”

There are a number of causes of female hair loss, including medication side effects and health conditions. Stress is also believed to be one of the biggest causes, with women now facing more pressure in the workplace and in their social lives.

“We know stress can cause hair loss,” says Robson. “The link has been well-established. When we’re stressed out, our hair follicles can be put into a resting state and our hair begins to fall out. Usually, it’s temporary, but it can still be frustrating and have a big impact on someone’s appearance.”

It has been reported that more young women are experiencing hair loss, and many hair loss clinics routinely treat female patients now. A variety of treatments are available now, ranging from supplements to topical treatments

Female hair loss has always been a problem, but we may be seeing more women seek treatment now that there are more options,” says Robson. “There certainly has been an uptick in the number of women using these hair loss treatments. A lot of these women would have suffered in silence before or used wigs, but we can usually fix the problem these days, if caught early enough.”

Hair loss treatments are more advanced than ever before. For men, hair transplant surgery is now close to a cure for hair loss, restoring naturally growing hair on men’s scalps. However, Robson says that women typically use other treatment options.

“Usually, hair transplants are suited more for male pattern baldness,” notes Robson. “However, if stress is the culprit, there are a number of topical shampoos and treatments that can be very effective. It really depends on the cause of the hair loss. If you want to find the right treatment option, then its best to speak with a hair loss specialist.”

The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is the leading provider of treatment for hair loss. They offer their clients a number of options, ranging from hair transplant surgery to topical hair treatments.

by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.