Will Brexit make you lose your hair?

With the turmoil of exiting the European Union in full disarray, no one is certain what the future with no EU will look like. Will we be able to travel with ease? Can we still buy products from European countries? What will happen to our holiday homes if we can’t get to visit them? Will businesses struggle to get enough employees once we are out of the Eu?

There are many well-documented links between stress and hair loss. As our politician’s wrangle over how we are going to leave, many of us may be concerned on a more personal level.

When people are worried they tend not to look after themselves as well as they should. People turn to alcohol, which can mean their sleep pattern is broken, making them less able to face the following day. They may not be feeding themselves with the best nutritional options as they look for comfort foods to relieve the pressure. Some people may be prescribed medication which can have side effects on how your hair grows.

Prolonged exposure to stress can result in a condition called Telogen Effluvium. It usually affects woman but can occasionally be seen in men as well

At any one time, 10% of your hair is in the Telogen phase. This is the stage where the hair detaches from the follicle and sheds. The follicle remains empty until the anagen phase, growing stage begins again. The human hair growth cycle is not synchronised so we don’t lose all our hair at once, a few hairs are shed each day and the follicle quickly resumes its growing stage, so no obvious hair thinning is apparent.

Telogen Effluvium is when an increased number of hair follicles enter the resting stage. The trigger for this is usually something that happened 2-6 months earlier, so you need to look back and see what was going on in your life to identify the cause. Telogen effluvium is a temporary type of hair loss and will right itself in the following 6-12 months.

For some people, the condition can become chronic with the effects lasting for longer periods of time. Causing more stress and exasperate the condition further.

What will be the aftermath for Teresa May. Not only could she lose her job but following an extended period of stress it could also lead to her losing her hair.

Advice to prevent Telogen Effluvium: Try and look after yourself with rest and good food. Don’t drink alcohol. Meditate daily. Massage your head to stimulate the blood supply. Rinse hair in cold water. Hang your head over the end of your bed to help the blood supply pump a little harder to the scalp.

Here at HLCC, we have many great products to help this condition so if you are worried call us for a free consultation.

0203 026 4720

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