Is Stress Making You Ugly?
Understand what tension can do to your hair, skin and nails -- and skin care tips on what you can do to help prevent it
It's true. "Stress can lead to extra hair [falling out] but it can take a while to manifest," says Kingsley. In fact, "telogen effluvium" is a common hair loss problem that can occur up to three months after a stressful event.
The tricky part is that little can be done to help the situation. "[The hair loss] cannot be curtailed but needs to run its course," says Kingsley who's the first to note that it's a vicious cycle of sorts.
"It's easy to say 'don't be stressed' but this is more difficult than it sounds and the more you worry about [losing your hair], the more stressed you get and the more [that] falls out." The good news is that after the initial loss, hair usually grows back in six to nine months.
But is there NOTHING we can do in the meantime?
Next: What you can do to help keep hair on your head.
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