About hair composed a lot of different stories. They were considered as the focus of male power, female beauty
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and even the protection of modesty. But even if you do not Samson, Rapunzel or Lady Godiva, mythology hair there for ordinary people in our time.
It is said that you can turn gray or bald from stress. Is it true?
Sometimes you want to tear his hair due to stress caused by personal or work reasons, but are unlikely to stress just make you turn gray. Recent studies have shown that the most likely cause of gray hair - the inevitable damage to the DNA in the cells that are responsible for producing the pigment of the hair.
But can stress accelerate the aging process at the cellular level and, as a result, cause premature change in hair color? The answer to this question is mixed. There is a lot of evidence about how people quickly saddles. But no studies on this subject have been conducted.
Can stress lead to an acceleration of hair loss? Experts point out that there are important kind of stress. Being late for work and the related stress is unlikely to lead to hair loss. Short-term stress does not affect the health of the hair. To provide such an effect can only be prolonged stress, which, for example, causes insomnia, loss of appetite and prolonged increase in the level of stress hormones.
The life cycle of the hair
Usually on the mind of a person about 120-150 thousand hair. At each time point approximately 90% of the hair in the growth phase and grow about one centimeter per month. This phase lasts two to three years. After that, the hair stop growing and go into a resting phase. It usually lasts from three to four months, after which the hair falls out, and in its place another arises.
Typically, a person falls to one hundred hairs a day, it's not very much, so most people do not pay attention to it.
Sometimes a lot of stress affects the functioning of the body, and the amount of hair in the resting phase increases. After three or four months later, all of these hair fall. Such an amount of lost hair is difficult not to notice.
However, researchers suggest the difference between physiological and emotional stress
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. Hair loss can be a response to significant physiological stress caused by diet, illness or lifestyle changes.
The good news is that this hair loss is usually temporary and reversible. If the stress passes through the hair while the hair growth cycle returns to normal.
What causes hair loss
Various reasons for stress can lead to hair loss. These are various events that lead to physiological changes in the body. For example, this may be a strong reduction of the weight or start taking oral contraceptives. Also, this may result in a strict low-calorie diet, the birth of a child, serious illness, high fever, surgery, severe infection.
It may cause hair loss and taking certain medications, such as means for reducing the pressure or for the treatment of thyroid
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. In addition, hair loss can cause a lack of vitamin D or excess of vitamin A.
To establish the cause of hair loss is not always easy. The fact that stress between the exposure factors and noticeable hair loss takes three to six months. That is, to determine the cause, you need to remember what happened to you at this time.
Contact physiology and emotions
Physiological stress can cause a variety of factors. For example, you are experiencing a heavy divorce because of that you have lost your appetite, you will not sleep well and lose weight. Or you stopped and then again started taking birth control pills. All this can cause physiological stress, and an imbalance in the body. That is, you lose your hair, not because you hate her ex-husband, and because of this imbalance.
Different stages of a woman's life can cause hair loss. For example, you got married and began to take control
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facilities. Then you decide to become pregnant and stopped taking them. This may cause some loss of hair. Then you become pregnant during this period the hair falls out less (many women notice that during pregnancy the hair is thicker). Then, after the birth of baby hair will start to fall more - about three to six months.
It is also possible, after the birth you will notice that gained an extra 15 kg and decide to lose weight by dieting. It can also contribute to hair loss. And at some point, someone from your family dies. You have heard that hair can fall out of grief, and decide that this is what happened to you. But in reality, you lose hair because of that lost weight.
However, many women can start and stop taking the tablets or have children, while keeping the hair in the same volume. To predict whether this will happen to you, you can not. The only thing that can be assumed - if you have experienced hair loss due to stress, it is more likely to happen to you again.
Appeal to the doctor about hair loss
Unlike other types of hair loss that often permanents, hair loss due to the physiological stress is usually temporary. Furthermore, in this case not formed baldness as in other types of hair loss, the hair falls over the entire head uniformly (diffusely).
Sometimes it happens that you notice severe hair loss, but in fact the hair has started to grow again. Growing hair as if pushed out old ones.
However, this does not mean that we should not go to the doctor. Hair loss can be a symptom of some thirty different diseases. A doctor can determine the cause of the problem and prescribe treatment. It is not necessary to choose and buy the tools, promotes hair growth, their uncontrolled use can lead to various problems. In addition, the doctor will help you determine which stress factors have led to hair loss, and knowing what you need to fight, it will be easier to cope with the cause of hair loss and stop it.