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Understanding hormonal hair loss

Hair loss is a common concern for many women, and while there can be various factors at play, hormonal imbalances often play a significant role. In this blog, we will explore the topic of hormonal hair loss in women, exploring its causes, how to identify it, and potential solutions to help you regain your healthy hair and confidence.

Hormonal hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, occurs when hormonal imbalances disrupt the natural hair growth cycle. Two key hormones involved in this process are androgens and estrogens. Androgens, including dihydrotestosterone (DHT), can cause hair follicles to shrink, leading to thinner hair and eventual hair loss. Estrogens, on the other hand, help maintain a full and healthy head of hair by extending the growth phase. When estrogen levels drop, such as during menopause or after pregnancy, hair may enter the resting phase sooner, resulting in noticeable hair loss.

Hormonal hair loss in women can manifest in various ways, and it's important to recognize the signs early to address the issue as quickly as possible.

Here are some common characteristics.

Reduced density: Hormonal hair loss often leads to a gradual thinning of hair across the entire scalp. You may notice that your ponytail becomes noticeably thinner or that your parting appears wider than before.

Diffuse Hair Shedding: Unlike hair loss caused by stress or illness, which can result in patchy hair loss, hormonal hair loss is usually more diffuse and spread out. You may experience increased hair shedding when brushing or washing your hair.

Receding Hairline: In some cases, hormonal hair loss can cause a receding hairline, similar to the pattern seen in male pattern baldness.

Differentiating hormonal hair loss from other types of hair loss can be tricky, as they may share similar patterns. If you suspect hormonal hair loss, you should book it to a healthcare professional. They can evaluate your medical history, conduct bloodwork, and provide an accurate diagnosis.

The good news is that hormonal hair loss is most often reversible or manageable with the right approach. Here are some potential solutions to consider:

Make sure you are consuming a well-rounded diet rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and proteins that support hair health. This is often something that people check off the list pretty fast. But, it’s really worth pausing and asking yourself if you could make some heathier choices. Adding in smoothies or fresh juices is a great way to add in more nutrients if you’re low on time.

Stresssss. Because stress is a huge disruptor of hormonal balance it is crucial to adopt stress management techniques. I know we hear this all the time and If you’re anything like me, self care sometimes gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Take a moment for yourself. Sometimes that looks like journaling and meditation and sometimes it’s a five minute walk in the sun with your dog. Small changes really do make a difference and help balance your hormones.

Hormonal hair loss can feel incredibly isolating. But understanding its causes and recognizing the signs early can empower you to take proactive steps towards regaining healthy hair. By maintaining a balanced diet, managing stress, and seeking professional advice, you can address hormonal imbalances and promote hair growth.

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