How hormones affect your hair!
We all know that our hormones can wreak havoc with our bodies and our mood, but did you know just how much your hormones can affect your hair? A shift in the balance of hormones can lead to various differences in your hair.
So what type of hormone related changes would you expect to see in your hair?
Different hormone changes will cause different changes in you hair some of the most common are
Thinning of hair
Dry, brittle hair
Certain stages in life typically bring hormonal changes. In other instances, medical conditions, such as thyroid problems, can interfere with hormone levels leading to changes in the hair. Some of the more common hormone changes that may affect hair include
During puberty there is an increase of reproductive hormones .These increase can stimulate the production of oil from the sebaceous glands, which may result in oily hair. The increase in hormone levels also increases body hair
The aging process
The aging process can take it's toll on our hair health too because the oil glands on our scalp will naturally produce less and less sebum as we age, this can present in hair that looks and feels coarser. For many women who enter into their forties, the hair will almost automatically become less voluminous and thinner.
During pregnancy, increases in progesterone and estrogen affect the hair cycle. The hormones prolong the growth phase of the hair cycle, which causes less daily hair shedding. Hair may appear thicker. But after delivery, as hormones levels drop to pre-pregnancy levels, the normal growth/shedding cycle returns to normal. It might seem like your hair is falling out more than normal, but it is just returning to the normal growth cycle.
Diet and Wellbeing
Both your skin and your hair are impacted significantly by what you eat. Diets with healthy amount of healthy amount of Biotin, Zinc, Iron, Omega Fatty Acids, and Vitamin E will keep you hair health and strong.
Whatever you put into your body, be that food, drink, supplements or medication; it will have an impact on how your system performs. In the case of medication, this is even more prominent. Even the common painkiller can have an effect. While the actual impact can be considered to be mild, in some cases it can change the texture of your hair or even result in hair loss.
We're all familiar with the idea of hair treatments, however, we will go into detail on these later, but you don't really hear much about SCALP TREATMENTS, and I'm not talking about treatments for scalp conditions like dandruff, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and the like.
Scalp Treatments are to hydrate and condition your scalp. They are different to scrubs in that scrubs exfoliate.
Conditioning and hydrating your scalp has a number of benefits;
👍Relieves itchiness and dryness
👍Regulates oil secretions
👍Restores pH balance
👍Protects against pollutants
👍Encourages hair growth
Again, there aren't a huge range of scalp treatments available but there are a few good ones out there.
Some are oil based and others are cream based.
Oils are best suited for more regular use, providing they are not too heavy, they're best suited to thicker, coarser, dense hair as it won't weigh the hair down and could be used every day or so.
Creams are a lot heavier and thicker so are best used pre wash.
Again, regularity will vary, but I wouldn't recommend leaving it more than a month, but if you are washing daily or every second day, a scalp treatment once a fortnight should be sufficient. But please evaluate after a few weeks and see what works for you.
Deep Conditioning Treatment