Research shows women have a tougher time dealing with a spousal split than men... and it shows both 'in' and 'on' their head.
A new study looked at hair loss in 84 female identical twins. Why twins?
"Identical twins are genetically programmed to experience similar patterns of aging and hair loss," said Dr. Guyuron. "If one twin loses more hair than the other, it is related to external factors."
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The strongest predictor of hair loss in women was marital status: Women who were divorced or widowed experienced more hair loss than married women.
Also, those who drank a lot of alcohol lost more hair from the front of the head. Smoking heavily was linked to hair loss from the temple area.
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"While genetics remain a strong predictor of some types of hair loss, introducing certain stressful or unhealthy factors into a person's life can result in more hair loss," said Bahman Guyuron, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon and study co-author.
If you're wondering if divorce has the same effect on a man's hairline, the answer is apparently not. Another study looked at 66 male identical twins and genetics was the strongest predictor of male hair loss along the front of the head. Lifestyle choices like smoking and heavy sun exposure were also contributors, along with medical conditions like hypertension, a lack of regular exercise, and elevated testosterone levels.
Here are 4 important tips for women who are struggling with hair loss:
• Instead of drying your hair roughly with a towel, gently blot it dry, or simply let it air-dry.
• Use caution with tight braids, ponytails, or hair extensions, since these can lead to hair loss over time.
• Remember that temporary hair loss may follow childbirth, stress, and illness.
• And if you’re bothered by hair loss, a dermatologist may be able to offer treatments and advice.
Source for tips: The American Academy of Dermatology
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