Stress, Break-Ups, and Hairstyles


If you are a woman and you have never been through any kind of heartbreak with a man, consider yourself lucky.  But for those of us who have, a painful break up can change the course of our lives, including how we feel about ourselves, our hair, and our perspective on relationships.  Ok, so some of us end a relationship without missing a step and we keep it moving.  However, if the relationship was a long committed relationship or a marriage, depending on how it ends and the things that happened in the process, it can affect you in different ways.

We all know that stress can have a negative effect on the body.  Symptoms of stress include a fast heartbeat, headache, a stiff neck and shoulder, sweating, back pain, and nausea.  So why do we let our bodies get taken through that?  The truth is that many of the things that stress us out in a relationship or otherwise is out of our control.  We can’t control someone else’s bad behavior. Either someone is a good person and acts accordingly, or they are not so good, or they just don’t care about anyone else’s feelings but their own.  Whatever the reason is behind someone’s actions, we have to do our best to control how it affects us.  Over time constant stress can suppress your immune system, making it easier for you to get sick and harder for you to recover from an illness.  Stress can increase your blood pressure which in turn can affect your heart.  It is also linked to abnormal heart rhythm, heart failure, and heart attack.  Stress can cause you to develop ulcers, impair fertility, worsen asthma symptoms and cause problems with your skin, such as with acne.  Aside from all of these other important symptoms of stress, another thing to make note of is that stress can lead to hair loss.

So how do you handle a break up?  Well, one thing not to do is to let it cause so much stress in your life that you lose your tresses.  Take time to evaluate what happened and why, and figure out what you can do to move on.  For some women, that means a new hairstyle.  Essence magazine did a survey on women who have changed their hairstyle because of a break up.  Women reported cutting their hair super short, going from relaxed to natural and vice versa.  There were also women who hadn’t worn extensions, but got them to sport a new look.  The reasons behind the hair change?  They varied from it being the opposite way their ex would have liked their hair to be to trying to get sexy back.  Our hair has always been a focal point for us and getting a brand new hairstyle can be very empowering.  Any kind of positive improvement to your life can only enrich your experience.  A new hair style can provide just the amount of confidence you need to get back in the game.  Have you ever had a break up style?

Author: Nicolle

Nicolle is a hair enthusiast that has always enjoyed reading hair care books and Black hair style magazines and likes to stay informed on the latest fashion trends. She has been natural for several years and loves the versatility of natural hair.

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