Hormones are responsible for many of our organs’ decisions. They act as the messengers of the endocrine system, giving your body directions. Unfortunately, they’re also responsible for hair thinning, loss, and change in texture.
Male hormones, aka androgen, are responsible for hair overgrowth. This ranges from facial hair to a thicker, fuller head of hair. Female hormones, aka estrogen, trigger hair loss as their levels drop. Meaning if estrogen decreases, you’re likely to experience thinning hair.
How do we deal with these hormones?
Why does hair texture changes after pregnancy? Consider the hormonal rollercoaster the body suffers during pregnancy and childbirth. The hormone messengers get confused. They tell your follicle “grow straight hair..I mean thicker hair..wait! I meant baby fine hair she will never forgive her child for.” Just like that you can go from perfectly love hair, to baby fine locks, because messages get mixed through hormonal imbalance.
The same communication mix-ups happen with the extended use of birth control. Synthetic hormones bombarding your body with the message “congratulations, you’re pregnant” followed by “just kidding, this week!” are enough to drive the endocrine system mad. Levels of estrogen and androgen fluctuate, disturbing your hair’s natural growth stages. Matters get even worse after years of synthesized hormones.
As soon as you stop the pill, patch, or ring, your body goes into shock. The routine of synthetic estrogen waves is over, and your body has to wake up it’s own messengers to restore normal hair growth function. Because the human body is by no means perfect, establishing normal hormone levels takes time. You can expect a good 3-6 months of thinning hair, hair loss, and change in hair texture. Hair will be dry and fuzzy, but have no fear, it will get better.
Here are some tips for dealing with hormone changes.
- Nourish hair from the inside out. Vitamins including biotin or collagen will help your body grow healthier hair, regardless of hormone balance.
- Wash hair less. The more you wash, the drier it gets. The drier it gets, the less luster it will have, and the sadder you’ll be.
- Invest in a good hair oil. Whether it’s argan, macadamia, or simple vitamin e, running a few drops of oil through the hair will help fortify, and increase shine.
- Don’t panic. Stress triggers hair loss. Treat your hair well, relax, and be patient. Good hair comes to those who wait.
Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.