Friday 30 June 2017

Hormones and your hair: how to combat hair loss

Hair loss isn’t something most women will worry about affecting them, often associating the issue with old age, male pattern baldness or severe illness. In reality, however, hormonal changes happening in a woman’s life such as pregnancy, menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome and changes in birth control can trigger hair loss and increased thinness. The good news is that there are some things you can do to conceal hair loss and stimulate new growth. Take a look at these tips on how to combat hormonal hair loss. 

Test for hormonal imbalance

The only way to truly know for sure whether a hormonal imbalance is the culprit behind your hair loss is to get tested. Visit your local health centre and request a test to be done for the main hormone groups, as well as a thyroid and blood sugar test, both of which can also contribute towards hormone health. If you want an indication of how your hormones are doing, but don’t fancy a trip to the doctors, there are also online questionnaires that assess your oestrogen, progesterone, thyroid and cortisol levels from the comfort of your home. 

Consider supplements 

If you do find that your hormones are slightly out of whack, there are a lot of herbal supplements on the market that claim to be able to effectively combat this. Herbs such as maca root have been known to help the body regulate hormone levels by producing more of the hormone that your body is lacking, which could mean an increase of hair growth. You’ll often find that regulating your hormones can also improve your mood, increase energy and reduce stress - which is a huge bonus! Aside from these supplements, taking multivitamins can also have a positive effect on your hair, with vitamins B, A and E all being crucial for healthy locks. 

Conceal and camouflage 

While there are things you can do to try and regrow any hair loss, this may take some time, and can end up taking a toll on your self-esteem. If you’re looking for a way to conceal your hair loss while you wait for new growth, there are plenty of effective options available.  For a quick, cost-effective fix, hairmaker products are a good choice for natural looking results. Once sprinkled over a thinning area, the fibres in the product blend in with existing hairs and result in a thicker looking head of hair in an instant. If you have dark hair, going a few shades lighter has also been known to make sparse areas of hair less noticeable, so could also be considered as another temporary solution.  

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