Have you been noticing that you need to twist your hair tie around an extra time when you’re fixing your topknot? Or maybe you’ve spotted a mass exodus of strands down the drain when you shower? Yep, it can be scary to realise that – eek – your hair is thinning!
Before you freak out and reach for a toupee, know that thinning and hair loss isn’t just something experienced by your grandpa – it can actually happen to younger women, too. It’s fairly common (nope, you’re definitely not the only one), and it’s often thanks to, you guessed it: hormones.
When your hormones are out of balance, whether this is caused by changes like having a baby, menopause or medical issues such as thyroid disorders, hair loss is often a result. Cue thinning, sparser locks when all you want is the opposite!
Yep, hormonal hair loss is a thing, but the good news is it’s usually not permanent. Stick with us and with a little balancing, and the right TLC for your locks, you can expect your hair to return to her former lush, long-hair-for-days glory (or at least a little less on the sparse side). Read on for the lowdown on hormonal hair loss, and what you can do about it.
What Causes Hormonal Hair Loss?
- Having A Baby
If you’ve ever been pregnant, you may have enjoyed Pregnancy Hair – a welcome phenomenon whereby the hormones involved in pregnancy (namely higher levels of oestrogen and progesterone) prevent your hair from falling out as it normally does, making your mane appear longer, thicker and lusher. The downside to this is that once bub is born and those hormone levels start to fall (usually around the three-month mark postpartum), all this extra hair can begin to fall out – sometimes all at once.
- Thyroid Issues
While requiring a proper medical diagnosis from your doctor, thyroid issues are common and can occur as a result of things such as radiation therapy, autoimmune disease, thyroid surgery and some medications. When your thyroid is under strain, this can impact on your body’s normal hair growth processes.
- Too Much Oestrogen
If the levels of oestrogen in your body become relatively higher than your levels of progesterone, this is known as oestrogen dominance. The cause may be genetic, medication or lifestyle factors. This condition, which requires a medical diagnosis, produces numerous symptoms, one of which is often hair loss.
If you’re approaching or experiencing menopause, the levels of progesterone and oestrogen in your body will be naturally decreasing. When the levels of these hormones are lower, the growth of new hair is slowed. This, often combined with higher levels of other hormones like testosterone, can result in hair loss.
Do I have Hormonal Hair Loss?
Now, despite being experts on all things hair, we’re definitely not doctors here – but if you think one of the above situations applies to you, and you have ruled out other factors that can cause hair loss (such as extreme stress, nutrient deficiencies, and damage from heat styling, hair extensions or hair colouring), then you may very well be experiencing hormonal hair loss.
How Can I Deal With Hormonal Hair Loss?
In the case of postpartum hair loss, your hormones will typically naturally balance themselves out over time (usually a period of months) as your body recovers from pregnancy and birth. If you believe you have a hormone imbalance caused by a medical or other issues, you can see your doctor, who may prescribe medication or other supplements to get things back on track.
But sometimes, a girl just wants a little helping hand to return to those good hair days as quickly as possible – and we hear you!
If you want to spoil your mane while experiencing thinning or hair loss, we recommend switching to a cleaner shampoo and conditioner formulated without SLS + SLES, Parabens, Formaldehydes, Formaldehyde-releasing agents, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, DEA agents and that’s packed with organic goodies (Mother Nature’s helpers, if you will). Check the label for root-boosting ingredients like saw palmetto and rosemary oil, which have been shown to improve hair growth.
It’s also worth adding a hair growth supplement to your beauty regimen, to help give your hair the best chance of growing back to her former glory. Ensure you choose one that is scientifically formulated and free from added gluten, dairy, lactose, nuts, yeast, egg, artificial colours and flavours, sugar and MSG.