Why a Hormonal Imbalance Could Be the Cause of Your Unruly Hair

There are two main types of HRT: bioidentical hormones, which replace the exact molecular structure of the hormones we produce naturally, and synthetic hormones. “If you take bioidentical HRT, especially oestrogen, it will improve and stimulate hair growth to support blood vessels so good blood flow to the scalp, and the result is much healthier hair,” says Adib. “Ostrogen also supports hair growth cycles, while natural progesterone is an anti-androgen, which prevents testosterone levels from getting too high.”

In contrast, synthetic HRTs containing testosterone derivatives can cause further problems. “Many of the women we speak to come into middle age because of hormonal imbalances,” Kingsley says. “I would never suggest that they stop HRT because many women benefit from testosterone – and what can be bad for the hair can be really good for the overall quality of life. Instead, I always recommend weighing the pros and cons if you find testosterone boosting your energy and sex drive.”

In situations like this, Kingsley recommends taking steps to protect individual follicles with topical hormone drops that prolong the growth phase of the hair growth follicle – which she describes as hair-friendly HRT. Since the drops are not absorbed systemically, they have no impact other than on the hair. Adib adds that women can take blockers, such as finasteride, which are commonly used by men with balding problems, but it would be better to stay away from synthetic hormones in general.

As for me, in the years since I went off the pill, I’ve bought better products and improved my blow-drying skills, with the result that Bird’s Nest 2.0 is easier to tame. Trends change and tastes change too and I’m much happier now that I’ve let my hair fall into its natural wave instead of struggling to get it straight. Likewise, the pill was far from perfect and one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that I would rather have predictable emotions and unpredictable hair than the opposite…

How to fight hormonally related hair loss?

on your plate

It may sound obvious, but your hair is a reflection of your diet. Spinach, for example, is packed with nutrients such as folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, all of which are important for hair growth. Other veggies like broccoli and kale are also recommended to nourish hair follicles and boost collagen, in turn strengthening your locks and curbing fall.

on your hair

While hormones can wreak havoc on the inside, what you use on the outside can help counteract the impact. A targeted hair care regimen, such as Philip Kingsley’s Density Kit, £111, is designed to preserve the hair you have while slowing the rate of loss. The kit includes a protein spray, scalp drops and a supplement pack to use simultaneously.

With your supplements

Viviscal’s hair growth program is popular because it improves the shine and density of the hair. In 2015, 32 of 40 patients tested noticed a significant increase in hair growth over a six-month period when they used the product consistently. Viviscal Hair Growth Programme, from £29, Holland and Barrett.

By Emilie Hill

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