Hair and Hormones

May 7, 2019

Just because you’re out of puberty doesn’t mean your hormones are done raging in your body, affecting everything from your mood to even your hair. If you’ve been noticing a change in your hair lately, it’s possible that your hormones are to blame. Practicing proper hair care in Anchorage, AK can help mitigate the damages caused by hormones. Read on to find out more about how your life stages and hormones can be affecting your hair:

  • Puberty: As many of us know, puberty causes an increase in hormone production, namely testosterone in men and estrogen in women. This increase can cause a stimulation in the production of oil from the sebaceous glands. The result? Oily hair (and skin). This can also cause in increase in the production of body hair.
  • Menopause: Menopause is another time during which women are well aware that their hormones are affected. The hormonal shifts during menopause can also affect your hair. Before menopause, women’s bodies are producing large amounts of estrogen for reproductive purposes and small amounts of testosterone. After menopause, these proportions shift, resulting in less estrogen and greater amounts of testosterone. In hair, testosterone converts to dihydrotestosterone, contributing to the thinning of hair.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnancy is perhaps one of the few times when women’s hair is affected positively by their hormones. An increase in progesterone and estrogen prolongs the growth phase of the hair cycle. This creates less hair shedding and thicker hair. It may even cause quicker hair growth. After delivery, the hormones drop to normal levels, and hair returns to its normal cycles.
  • Stress: Stress can affect both men and women. Stress hormones include adrenaline and cortisol, both of which can create more shedding of your hair. Stress hormones can also suppress estrogen, which may contribute to hair loss and thinning as well. If you’re dealing with stress, you’ll want to put extra effort into your hair care in Anchorage, AK.
  • Thyroid issues: Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can both cause issues with your hair. When your thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormones, such as in hypothyroidism, this can lead to hair loss and thinning.

Any change in your hormones throughout life stages and even your stress levels can create negative changes in your hair, including thinning and hair loss, oily hair or dry, brittle hair. Plus, we’re all too familiar with the graying of hair that happens later in life. You can address many of these issues with balancing hormones that are improperly affected, like with thyroid issues, or waiting out the life stage, such as in puberty. Take the proper vitamins, get adequate nutrition and try to deal with stress in healthy ways. Taking proper care of yourself and your hair will also work wonders.

If you’re dealing with damaged hair or want to talk to a licensed cosmetologist for tips, contact us at Studio FX Design LLC. We provide hair care in Anchorage, AK, along with many other hair services to help every client look and feel their best. If you’re dealing with hormonal issues that are affecting your hair, you’re not alone. Our team can help. Call us to make an appointment today.

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