Suspect #3: Stress Remember those photos of Kristen Stewart's hair loss following her highly publicized break up with R Patz? The emotionally distressed actress was most likely suffering from a scalp disorder called telogen effluvium. "Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss or extreme stress," Dr. Marotta explains. Long-term emotional and physiological stress (of the can't eat, can't sleep variety) can disrupt the normal hair cycle, causing an unusual amount of follicles to hit the resting phase -- meaning, you shed larger amounts of hair by the day.
If you notice more hair loss when shampooing, styling or brushing, take a minute to reflect on your lifestyle three to six months ago. Anything from the loss of a family member to an unhealthy crash diet can trigger shedding months down the line. The good news is this type of hair loss is usually temporary -- assuming the stress is also temporary -- and hair will grow back as follicles get back on track with their usual growth cycle.
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