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Hair Thinning Due To Hormones – Is It More Common Than We Thought?

 

Hi guys, in this post I want to talk about a problem that we face more and more in these days – hair thinning due to hormones.

And even if, at first sight, it sounds like something extremely rare, well… it can happen to many of us anytime, including you.

So why do hormones affect hair?


Hair Thinning Due To Hormones - Is It More Common Than We Thought?That’s probably what most of you are wondering, because when you think about hormones, hair is probably one of the last things that you associate them with. But things are quite different, actually.

Hair follicles are directly connected to nutrients and mineral substances from the body, therefore they are also connected to hormones.

The more surprising fact is that hormones also contain substances that are essential for the development of hair follicles.

In other words, our hair’s health depends of the hormones that come into contact with the follicles.

This means that a lower or (usually) a higher quantity of certain hormones could cause a lot of problems when it comes to hair, and these problems are usually the ones that we face pretty often: hair loss and hair thinning.

 

How can a hormone make my hair thinner?


When it comes to hair thinning, things are pretty simple to explain: because of a certain hormonal imbalance, the hair will receive a lower/higher quantity of a X hormone, which will lead to a increase/ decrease in  some Y and Z hormones.

Hair follicles are directly connected to blood vassels

Therefore, the hair won’t receive the necessary quantity of hormones it needs, but a different one, with an excess of a certain hormone.

The result is that the hair won’t receive the nutrients it needs, or rather it won’t receive the quantity of nutrients it needs. These nutrients will reach the roots of the hair and the next part, but it won’t be enough to reach the hair ends.

In other words, the hair’s roots will be normally nourished but the ends will literally starve.

So what happens to a person that is starving? He looses weight over time.

And that’s exactly what happens to the hair ends too: because of the lack of nutrients that don’t manage to reach them, they “lose weight” and get thinner and thinner.

So if you ever wondered why your hair ends get thinner over time and you don’t have any possible explanation, here is the reason – it doesn’t receive the food it needs, therefore its health deteriorates. Makes sense, do you agree?

 

Which hormones are the main responsible for hair thinning?


Testosterone is usually the #1 enemy of hair, because a big part of it is transformed in DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This DHT is actually the hormone directly connected to hair follicles, as it is the responsible for their nourishment.

Usually there is an excess of this hormone, which actually makes hair thinner, instead of making it over nourished (this would be logical, right?).

The mechanism is pretty complicated and I don’t want to get into any details, so that’s all you need to know – the excess of DHT causes hair loss and hair thinning, so if you ever think hormones could be the source of your hair problems… you now know what to look at.

The bad news is that things are pretty complicated when it comes to hormones.

A lot of imbalances can cause an increase in DHT, even if there isn’t necessarily a problem with this very hormone.

For example, high prolactin levels can also increase testosterone, and therefore, DHT. The causes of high prolactin can be pituitary adenomas, so things are much more complicated than they seem. Thyroid hormones also raise DHT levels, so they are one of the most common causes of hair thinning.

And until you don’t treat the main cause, you won’t manage to stop the effects, in this case hair thinning.

 

So what is the solution?


If you believe you may have the slightest hormonal imbalance, the best thing you can do is to visit an endocrinologist. There are many other symptoms, which you may or may not have.

In this post I talked only about the ones related to hair, but if you want to read more about hormonal imbalance, this is a pretty easy to understand article.

If you want a temporary solution, you can try hair extensions that will give your hair more volume and will make it look as before. However, this is just a way to mask your hair’s problems, so I really recommend you to try to solve the problem instead of just covering it.

 

Hormonal imbalances are a pretty serious cause of hair thinning, and unfortunately a lot of people don’t even consider it when they deal with a problem of this type. Seeing a doctor is really important in this situation, because the treatment is pretty simple and it can make a big difference.

So I really hope that this post helped you understand how can hormonal imbalances affect the hair. And in case you know someone who deals with this problem, I hope you know what advice to give to him/her.

How to brush hair correctly

How to brush hair correctlyYou may not have known it, but the way you brush your hair can actually have a very big influence on its appearance and health. Many people brush their hair several times a day, but they do it in a such an improper manner that they manage to damage their hair very badly without realizing it.

I want to make sure that you, the ones who read my posts, will never get in this situation so I want to show you how to brush your hair correctly, helping it become healthier and growing faster. So keep reading. 😀

 

Is combing indispensable?


Not at all, on the contrary, if you have curly hair I really advise you not to do it unless you want a huge volume.

How to brush hair correctlyI almost never brush my hair actually. It gets frizzy anyway and it’s hard to prevent this, so brushing would be like getting it frizzy by myself. It’s true that my hair is usually knotted, but using a conditioner really helps this, so it’s not that bad.

Getting back to our story, combing isn’t really necessary for everyone, but I would still recommend people who have straight hair to comb it at least once a couple of days. And if you’re one of the people with curly hair, it’s your own choice. If you want to brush it, you can do it and if you don’t, it’s okay anyway.

 

“Brushing your hair 100 strokes a day” is just a myth


I can definitely guarantee that this thing with brushing your hair 100 strokes a day is totally wrong. I’ve heard many people saying it will make your hair shinier, healthier and a lot of similar things, but I can definitely say it’s not true.

How to brush hair correctly100 is still a pretty big number, so combing your hair so many times can’t do it any good. Seriously. Imagine that you’re pulling a rope 100 a day. It will break very fast, won’t it? It’s the same with hair.

Although I don’t recommend you to brush your hair 100 times a day, there isn’t a certain number of times you have to brush your hair everyday, simply because this doesn’t matter very much.

The problem isn’t necessarily how many times a day you brush your hair, it is actually the manner in which you do it. You can brush it 20 times a day and not do it any harm, and you can also brush it once and damage it. And doing this little damage everyday will lead to a visible damage after months or years.

However, brushing it 100 times a day is still way too much, so I definitely advise you not to do it (anymore). It won’t do you any good about hair shine or health, on the contrary.

 

How can brushing damage your hair?


Combing your hair roughly can harm it a lot actually, but I’m sure you’ve heard this before.

Though it’s quite a cliche, roughly brushing is the source of many hair damaging problems people have. That’s why, it’s important to make your brushing ritual a very gentle one, else the only one who will suffer will be your hair.

You can read more about the right brushing method below, but mainly it’s about going from the ends to the roots, so that you won’t worsen the tangles.

 

The best brushing tools


How to brush hair correctly

The first thing you have to do is choosing the right brush. This is a very important step, as the small difference between a good brush and a bad one can become a huge one for your hair.

Although you might be surprised, ordinary combs are much better than sophisticated brushes.

That’s why, I would suggest you to choose a comb instead of a brush, because combs tend to have less teeth than brushes, so the possibility of damage is much lower.

The best combs you can choose are the ones that have each tooth cut into the comb. They are similar to a saw, that’s why they are also called “saw-cut combs”.

How to brush hair correctlyThe best material for a comb is either high-quality plastic or hard rubber, because they have anti-static proprieties and will prevent your hair from getting frizzy.

If the comb you use is made of metal or cheap plastic, you should change it because these type of materials can really weaken your hair.

 

The correct technique


On dry hair make sure you comb gently, without pulling your hair. If you have any tangles, try combing them with care, without pulling them. The correct method would be to start combing from the ends, then going to the middle and afterwards at the roots.

How to brush hair correctlyIn other words, comb the tangles from the ends first. If you have a lot of tangles, you might wanna try a detangling spray, it would help you brush your hair quite easy.

Once you get rid of them, start combing from the middle to the ends, because you won’t have too many tangles left. In the end, you can brush normally, from the roots to the ends, without fearing that you would produce any damage.

When it comes to wet hairtry to avoid brushing if possible. Wet hard is usually stretched up, so brushing can easily break it much faster than dry hair.

How to brush hair correctlyI admit I’ve tried many times to give up this “bad habit”, with no success actually. So, if you’re so stubborn as me, I really advise you to use conditioner after every wash. Conditioning your hair will make it very soft and remove most of the tangles. And you know that saying, “no tangles, no breakage”. In case it doesn’t sound familiar…I invented it. 😀 😛

 

Keep your brushes and combs clean


How to brush hair correctlyRegularly cleaning brushes and hair combs will prevent them from collecting dirt and sebum, so you’ll be able to use the with no worries.

I usually use antiseptic dissolved in water to cleanse my brushes and combs, though I don’t brush my hair very often, so I only need to clean the up rarely. Still, it’s good to do it every couple of months, especially if you’re a brush lover. 🙂

 

To conclude


Brushing is an activity that can cause damage, but if you do it gently and use a good comb, there’s nothing to worry about. Of course that you don’t need to comb 100 strokes a day. Remember that brushing your hair everyday isn’t a necessity, but it’s still the best method to detangle it, so make sure you maintain your combs clean.

 

What do you think about my post, was it helpful or you already knew these things?

Will you change your brushing method from now on so that you won’t damage your hair at all?