Journal Entry: June 11, 2014 (Continued)
One more thing I have learned in the past five months:
18) Sometimes, when you are under extreme stress, your hair falls out and your nails become weak and brittle. A couple months ago, while we were on our Panama Canal cruise, my hair started falling out, large clumps of hair. I have had a thick, dark head of hair since I can remember. I mean, let’s get real, I am 51 years old now, so I have to color the gray roots every few weeks, but the rest of my hair is thick and dark and well, there was A LOT OF IT. But now, with large quantities falling out every day, I can see my scalp, where I could not see it before. I have a bit of OCD and I find myself constantly running my hands through my hair and gathering the strands. I also search my clothing all day for hairs that have fallen out. I can somehow feel the long hairs tickling my arms, even when they have been removed, and are no longer there. Stressing over my hair has become an obsession. Along with my hair, my nails are brittle and are splitting down the middle. My body is failing me. It is the stress.
When I was recently in getting my hair colored, my stylist noticed the hair loss and when he applied conditioner to my hair, his hands were filled with my lost strands. He recommended Biotin, and I am happy to report, for me, it is working. Reducing the stress with meditation and therapy and time, is probably helping too, but I am thinking the Biotin is contributing.