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iVillage.com: How to Treat Beauty Disasters

Are Strands Falling Out in Droves -- Then Growing Back Like Fuzz?

If you’ve ever watched helplessly as your hair flowed steadily down the drain, and then struggled with that fuzzy look as tiny new hairs sprouted all over your scalp, the trouble could be stress overload. “Normally, 90 percent of your hair is in the growth phase and only 10 percent is resting or actually shedding,” says Jerome Shupak, M.D., professor of dermatology at the NYU Langone Medical Center. “But a surge in stress hormones can push a lot more hairs into the shedding phase, making you shed up to 300 of them daily instead of the usual 80.”

Rx: Yoga

Try 15 minutes of yoga twice daily. According to University of Pennsylvania researchers, yoga’s poses and rhythmic breathing help 60 percent of women dampen their production of hair-wrecking stress hormones for 12 hours straight. Try online classes at sites like myyogaonline.com or yogadownload.com.

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