When you think of going bald, it’s likely you imagine a middle-aged man’s receding hairline. But women actually make up 40% of Americans who suffer from hair loss. Considering how emotionally tough losing your hair can be (just think of the tears shed over a bad hair cut), it’s important to understand why it’s happening — and how to fix it.
Whether it’s a rocky relationship or a demanding job, stress can take a toll on your hair. The more stressed you are, the more your testosterone levels increase, and that can affect the hair growth cycle, says Anabel Kingsley, a trichologist (AKA someone who studies the health of hair and scalps) at Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic in New York City.
What to do: Make time for self-care. Whether it’s yoga, therapy, or meditation, it’s important to lower those stress levels. Kingsley says stress-induced hair loss in women typically only lasts as long as the stress itself is present.