Losing your spouse can make you lose your hair. According to a new study, which analyzed eighty-four identical twins, the strongest predictor of hair loss in women, other than genetic predisposition, is the loss of a significant other, either through divorce or death. The study's author, Dr. Bahman Guyuron, chairman of the department of plastic surgery at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, claims, "Most likely, stress is the aspect of a troubling divorce that appears to lead to hair loss among women." No word on the impact messy, non-marital breakups can have on your hairline, but we're guessing it can't be good.
Oh and there's more bad news. Excessive drinking, smoking, and sleeping (you know, all the ways you cope with bitter breakups) can also raise your risk for hair loss. So what's a girl to do? Apparently drink coffee, use sunscreen, and, uh, stay happily married. Easier said than done, science (except for the coffee part).