How hormones could be messing with your hair

-May 16, Hannah Hargrave, Health -

Hormones are often at the root of mood swings and breakouts but they could also be the pesky reason behind your hair problems too.

Hormones are often at the root of mood swings and breakouts but they could also be the pesky reason behind your hair problems too.

If your once luscious locks are looking and feeling a little limp a hormonal imbalance could be behind it. Thinning hair is often one of the first signs your hormone levels are off whack. Here are five hormonal reasons you could be thinning on top.

Menopause

The menopause causes oestrogen levels to plummet but testosterone to rise. Since oestrogen promotes hair growth and keeps it in it’s ‘growing phase’ a reduction in it means hair falls out before it gets to it’s normal length.

Testosterone on the other hand can cause thinning hair, so as you lose hair it’s being replaced by weaker, finer tresses.

Related: Five reasons to look forward to the menopause

Stress

When people start going grey stress is often blamed and it could be quite rightly so. Stress causes the body to release certain hormones which can affect the absorption of B-vitamins. These are the ones needed for pigmentation. 

Stress hormones also cause the minute blood vessels which are supplying your hair with all important vitamins, minerals and oxygen, to constrict. The blood is diverted away and your tresses don’t get the nutrients it needs to look healthy and nourished. 

Related: Ways your beauty regime can reduce stress

Post Pregnancy

One major body benefit of being pregnant is that your hair often becomes thicker and healthier looking while you’re expecting. The shift in hormones facilitates hair growth but once you have your baby and the levels drop you may find you shed a lot of those luscious locks. 

While the low levels of estrogen can leave you grieving your impressive mane know that the lack lustre look won’t last forever and will correct itself in a few months time. 

Thyroid Issues

A thyroid condition occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much or not enough of certain hormones. 

Both underachieve thyroids (hypothyroidism) and overactive thyroids (hyperthyroidism) can make your hair thin or fall out. The latter can even cause hair loss to spread beyond the scalp and effect hair on other parts of the body too.

Once treated with medication however hair loss is normally reversed. 

Polycystic Ovaries

This a condition in which females develop small cysts on their ovaries. In turn the ovaries produce more testosterone than they normally would resulting in a number of symptoms. 

Acne, oily skin, excessive facial hair and thinning hair on your head are all signs of polycystic ovaries syndrome – also known as PCOS.

What can you do to help?

While for medical advice it’s imperative you seek guidance from a qualified doctor there are also ways you can help balance your hormones naturally too.

 – Improve your diet

Balance the scales and your mood by reducing your sugar intake. Cut back on refined sugars, and replace white pasta and bread with healthy whole grains.

Pack your diet with fruits and vegetables and you’ll look and feel better too.

 – Reduce stress

Reduce your stress levels with meditation and release those feel good endorphins by exercising on a regular basis too.

 – Get quality sleep

Give your body time to repair by offering it up a good night’s sleep Everything is easier to deal with when you’re well rested, so work on resetting your circadian rhythm and introduce a calming bedtime routine. 

 – Take a supplement

Lumity Day and Night Supplements are not medication but they are an all-natural supplement loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins to nourish your body from the inside out. Take them consistently and they can help improve not only your hair, skin and nails but your overall wellbeing too.

If you found this article interesting then you may also like to read about your skin and hormones and discover how your hormones change in your 50s and why.

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