Extreme emotional stress, like losing a loved one, can play a huge part in the shedding of hair especially in women. Some women lose hair at an alarming rate when under these conditions.
Why is that? This happens when hair goes through its normal growth cycle and enters into the “dormant” stage. It’s normal to lose approximately 100 hairs per day but when under emotional stress, cortisol is released in the body and high levels can cause a 30% increase in hair to become dormant thus causing patchiness and loss of hair. This condition is called Telogen Effluvium (TE).
The good news is, this is usually a temporary condition and within a few months the hair follicles return to their normal growth cycle. If the condition persists, stress reduction is the answer so talk to your physician about how to best manage and control stress levels and understand the triggers.
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