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 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.
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.
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.