La Palmera Spa Team Expert, Nicky Stansbury (Owner & Stress Management Life Coach), weighs in on the topic of "Does Your Hair Have a Mind of It's Own?"
When we think of hair, we usually think on top of our heads.
"I'm so stressed out right now. even the hair on my head hurts.-b.b.k.truth
What if I told you that your facial hair, body hair, and lashes are also places that your hair has a mind of it's own? It's true!
Sure you may notice your hair falling, getting more grey or a few greys showing up, a receding line, a "bald spot", but did you know that the average person loses about 100 hairs per day and most people don't even notice. Stress of any type does lead to additional loss, but the actual cause of the shedding isn't always easy. To determine the cause, you should look back at what was happening three, six, or even nine months before the hair loss began.
Now what about your lashes, facial hair, body hair, and here a hair, there a hair, everywhere a hair, hair?
Let's start with Your Prize Possession:
1) Lashes-Stress will either cause you to pull your lashes out or they will fall.
2) Facial Hair- You win some and you lose some. In this case, stress causes unwanted facial hair. In response to stress your adrenal glands pump out "stress hormones". "Excessive hair (key word here is excessive) on the face, especially around the chin, upper lip, breasts or chests, or basically hair on a woman that matches a male hair pattern on a female body is known as hirsutism. Men can have hirsutism when their hair is truly excessive in hormonally dependent areas. A diabetic woman with a full male pattern beard would be said to have hirsutism."
3) Body Hair: "The body areas to look first for androgen sensitivity are the places where terminal hair usually grows on women. Here they are in descending order of sensitivity: pubic area * underarms * perianal area * sideburns * upper lip * periareolar (around the nipple) areas * the chin and “beard” region * arms and legs * between the breasts *shoulders * buttocks * back * abdomen.
"You can evaluate your hair growth first with a scoring tool known as the Ferriman–Gallwey score. This test measures the degree of hairiness or hirsutism a woman is experiencing. You can look at the images and gauge where your hair growth ranks from 0 (no terminal growth) to 4 (maximal growth)."
The good news is because stress and hair are related you can change your present situation. Here are 5 quick ways to reduce the levels of stress in your body. Remember what happens now may not bring visible results for another 3, 6, or 9 months so keep track and focused.
1) Do Not Forget to Breath- (Take at least 3 deeps breaths in and out (blow out longer than you inhale.)
2) Get to know You on a more Intuitive Level (Take quizzes on personalities, journal your likes/dislikes about your day, read those entries at a later date.)
3) Stop Putting it Off!™- (Start to take one small step on each item that you keep putting off (if this is a chronic problem then seek support and accountability.)
4) Pay Attention to What You Eat/Drink and Your Responses to Those- (Sometimes we have a sensitivity or allergy that we are unaware of.)
5) Take a Step Back Before Responding- (Our controlled response is far more powerful than a reaction that you later regret.)
Bonus tip: Schedule your Relaxation @ La Palmera Spa today by calling 337-740-7422 and let us help you escape today.
Our blog next Thursday will be on the Body of Hair. Until then, share with us your hair problems that you believe are a result of Stress. Don't forget to give us a thumbs up if you enjoyed the "Mind" of Hair..MindBodyLuxury
NIcky Stansbury is the Founder of La Palmera Spa and StressLessSecrets. She is passionate about inspiring others to respond instead of reacting to life's plot twists.