GOING back into the office will be stressful for many reasons, if you haven't braved the commute or the canteen for over a year.

But now, as more Brits are flocking back to their desks, it's unsurprising the scenario might cause a bit more anxiety than it once would have.

There are lots of things to consider and deal with, that you won't have had to think about for months thanks to the pandemic.

Extra stress can have an impact on your scalp and the health of your hair.

You might have noticed there is a more hair coming out in your brush or your scalp feels more sensitive.

This is because of the extra production of a hormone called cortisol, which goes into overdrive when we are under pressure or feeling very anxious.

The cortisol in turn causes an increase in the production of sebum, which affects the scalp.

Top trichologist, Stephanie Sey, has revealed three ways stress may be ruining your locks without you knowing.

“Increased levels of stress can lead to excessive hair shedding known as telogen effluvium. During stressful periods, your hair may be shocked from the growing phase to the resting phase resulting in shedding a few months later.

“Stress can weaken your body’s natural defences against naturally-existing microbes in the scalp which will lead to dryness and flakiness.”

“Stress can often trigger excessive tugging of hair when styling or habitual scalp scratching. These habits will damage your scalp and affect the condition of your hair.”

The expert said you can combat any loss or damage with a better diet, trying to get a good amount of sleep and exercising – all of which will help you feel less stressed too.

She added: "Processed foods like fast-food and ready meals are typically high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats as well as chemical additives.

"These foods typically have very little in the way of the nutrients that our body needs to stay healthy, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

"The hair is the very last system in your body to receive nutrients (as it is one of the least essential), so if your body is not receiving adequate nutrients, your hair will likely be affected.”

She recommends eating meat, fish, beans and eggs – along with oats and bananas, nuts and seeds for good hair health.

The expert added: "A good hair care routine is important to maintain healthy hair during stressful times.

“Use a good quality shampoo (such as Nizoral) and conditioner for your hair type and refrain from over-using heat.

“When drying your hair after washing, wrap your hair in a towel instead of vigorously rubbing it and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle.”

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