How Hormonal Imbalance Affects Your Hair Health

Hair is one of the major attributes when it comes to the beauty of our faces overall. We cut it, we shape it, we adore it. The problems start once we start losing it and when it starts shedding.

There are many factors that can lead to hormonal imbalance. Some of them are menopause and giving birth. And while an average person loses around 80 hairs a day, a person with hormonal imbalance can lose much more.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is probably the trickiest part because besides our bodies, our hair goes through major changes as well. At the beginning, our hair gets super thick and grows a lot faster. But, when the last trimester ends, things get a lot different. First of all, your hair is going to start falling off in clumps and even the texture of your hair itself can change (it can become curly even though it has been straight during your entire life). This happens due to lower estrogen levels in women’s bodies. But don’t worry, your hair will be alright in 6 to 8 months.

If you want to keep your hair as healthy as possible and try to avoid problems like these during your pregnancy, make sure you eat foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, like carrots, salmon, citrus fruits, spinach, nuts and oysters. Use shampoos rich in keratin and shorten your hair to make it look fuller. Also, you might want to skip chemical treatments, like perms and coloring.

woman back shot of hair loss

Menopause

Climacteric or menopause happens after women turn 50. It is the time when their menstrual periods permanently stop and from that on, they can no longer have children. When a woman enters menopause, the levels of her female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) start falling while testosterone levels increase. A hormonal imbalance such as this one affects our hair by causing it to get thinner on the top of our head, and making it a lot finer in the texture.

There are many ways to deal with this situation, and the best of them is inside-out hair care. This means that it is time for some diet changes. Make sure that you increase the intake of phytoestrogen through nuts and seeds. Start incorporating berries that are rich in flavonoids such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and pomegranates. Also, make sure that you eat many plant proteins such as soy milk and tofu.

woman black hair in the air

Going off the pill

While women are on the pill, their hair changes for the better. Usually the pill gives your hair volume and shine. But when you decide to go off the pill, there can be a few complications. For example, you may experience a sudden hair loss as well as texture changes.

Help your hair with a thickening shampoo and a lot of conditioner. Consider using castor oil as well because it speeds up hair growth process. Also, if you are into changes, this is the perfect time for them, especially if your hair is dark. Opt for all-over color highlights since they will make your hair look a lot more voluminous.

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Thyroid disorder

Hair loss is actually one of the first signs of thyroid troubles because when the levels of this hormone start to fluctuate, they directly affect your hair growth cycle.

Since the thyroid gland can accumulate much more toxins than any other organ can, switch to organic food and hair products that are non-toxic. Also, regularly massage your scalp and stock your fridge with various kinds of proteins.

woman checking hairline for hair loss

Stress

We all know that stress is currently one of the biggest causes of hair loss and grey strands with men, as well as women. During stressful moments, our adrenaline hormones get released into our bodies, and these hormones affect B-vitamin (the major vitamin for hair pigmentation) absorption. Besides this, during stressful moments, the levels of male hormone testosterone also increases, and it causes our hair to get thinner.

If you are going through stressful times right now, get a B-vitamin complex supplement, and try your best to keep calm.

Androgenic alopecia

This syndrome is actually genetic and it hits nearly half of female population in the world, usually before their fifties. Our hair follicles get super sensitive to androgen – a male hormone which is produced in our ovaries and adrenal glands. Hair loss starts from the top of our heads, which later causes an M-shaped hairline. Hair becomes much finer, less pigmented and shorter.

The only thing you can do is to get yourself some Rogaine and apply it twice a day.

Don’t be worried, these things happen to almost everyone. The most important thing is to stay calm, take the necessary steps and your hair health will restore in no time.

About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living.  Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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