Have you ever had hair envy?
If you go green at the sight of a woman’s thick tresses and feel frustrated with your lackluster locks, you’re not alone. In fact, 21 million women in the US experience hair loss.
While there are many factors that may cause hair loss, hormonal hair loss is one of the top reasons. Having a better understanding of the reality behind it and the causes can help you to prevent it.
Read on for all you need to know about hormonal hair loss. Are you ready? Let’s get to the root of the problem!
Is Hormonal Hair Loss Real?
Why are so many women losing their luscious locks? While it could be because of an underlying illness, family history, age, or just not caring for your hair, the main reason is due to a hormonal imbalance.
What Causes Hormonal Hair Loss?
But what actually causes a hormonal imbalance? Think about it for a second—a woman’s body goes through a lot! From giving birth to facing menopause, a woman’s body may go through tremendous hormonal stress in her lifetime.
Let’s take a look at some hormonal changes that may affect your precious head of hair.
Pregnancy and Post-Partum
During pregnancy, many women enjoy showing off a full head of thick hair. This is due to higher estrogen levels and increased blood flow in the body. But once the big day arrives and the baby’s born, those tremendous tresses can disappear almost overnight.
This “post-partum hair loss” is due to a rapid decrease in hormone levels. While a drop in hormone levels is a natural part of the process, it can cause a notable amount of hair to fall out. This usually happens in the first 2 to 4 months after birth.
After 6 months, a new mom’s hair may start to grow at its normal rate. But for many women, it takes a lot of tender loving care to get it back to normal.
Menopausal Hair Loss
Another huge event in a woman’s life is the inevitable menopause. On top of hot flashes, fatigue, and irregular periods, a woman may also experience hair loss.
While the process of menopause is natural, it can cause a hormonal imbalance. This is due to decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone, which are both needed to help hair grow faster and stronger.
A decrease in these hormones may also cause an increase in male hormones (androgens). This may shrink the follicles and result in even more hair loss.
These hormonal changes may also trigger the condition telogen effluvium. This condition can lead to excessive hair shedding.
Both men and women need a balance of estrogen and testosterone in their bodies. However, when estrogen levels become abnormally high, it can cause hair loss.
How can your estrogen levels become high? It could be due to genetics, illnesses, diet, or even certain medications. If you feel your estrogen levels are high, consult your doctor quickly to prevent any further complications.
How Can You Prevent Hormonal Hair Loss?
Now you know what hormonal hair loss is, how can you prevent it? And can you reverse the effects?
As noted, in some circumstances, hormonal hair loss just happens. But while you can’t prevent the hormonal imbalance from happening in the first place, you can stop it from getting out of control.
To prevent hormonal hair loss or to reverse the effects, you need to give your follicles a bit of tender loving care. You can do this by following these tips below.
Ask the Doc
If your hormones are out of control, depending on the circumstances, your body may just need time to calm down. However, in some circumstances, you may need to ask your doctor to give you medication. This may be just what you need to balance your hormone levels.
But it’ll take a long time for your scalp to get back to normal. To give your hair a kick start, try the options below.
Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
Regular scalp massages promote hair growth. You don’t have to pay for an expensive massage at the spa; you can DIY. Massage your own scalp with medicinal vials and serums.
Try to do this on a regular basis, at least once a week.
Change Your Diet
A healthy diet is one of the keys to a healthy head of hair. Cut out sugary foods and instant meals.
Eat fresh, nourishing meals that are full of vitamins and nutrients. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
While you may not see instant results with a change of diet, after a couple of months, you’ll notice a big difference.
Supplements for hair health are also a great way to kickstart hair growth. As the tablets go straight into your bloodstream, they tend to work faster.
Make a Lifestyle Change
While you may not be able to prevent a hormonal imbalance, you should try to control any other stress on your body. Whether it’s a high-pressure career or home life, find ways to reduce the amount of stress you have to go through on a daily basis. This may help to restore your hair and you’ll notice other health benefits too.
Other lifestyle changes may include cutting down on caffeine, nicotine, or other stimulants. Regular exercise and good sleep patterns are also essential to a healthy head of hair.
Invest in Your Hair
Yes, if you’re suffering from hormonal hair loss, invest in your hair. It’s the crown you never take off, after all!