Can Change in Hormones Lead to Hair Loss?

effect of hormones on hair

Are you experiencing panic over spotting more hair than normal on your pillow? In your drain? Noticed your hair shedding at a faster pace? Male and female pattern hair loss is the most common type of hair loss experienced by both genders. 

While there are a variety of reasons for hair fall depending upon each individual, hair fall can often be triggered by changes in one’s hormone levels as well as due to genetic sensitivity to hormones. Other reasons include factors like thyroid, weight loss, stress and environmental factors too when it comes to having an effect on your hairline. 

Dealing with hair loss can be difficult as hair loss is linked to self-esteem and overall appearance. However, thankfully you have the availability of the best hair and skin care treatments at Trichohom owing to our team of expert trichologists that render effective hair loss treatments to you. Not only that, we also love sharing important and essential information related to hair loss and hair care via our blogs. Trichohom is here to help you with all you need to know about hormones and hair loss

It is essential to undergo a proper consultation with a trichologist wherein you may be asked several questions pertaining to your hair loss in order to determine a proper diagnosis:

When did the hair loss start?

Sudden hair loss can be suggestive of disruption of the hair cycle

In which area of the scalp is hair loss most prominent?

Hair loss can be patterned or patchy owing to either disruption of hair cycle or hormonal dysregulation. 

What is your hair care routine?

It might be possible that certain hair practices are the reason influencing your hair loss.

It is with correct evaluation and appropriate tests for hormonal imbalances that you can avail the correct treatment for your hair loss problems. 

Cycle of Hair Follicles between rest and growth

Changes in hair occur due to alterations of the air fiber, the hair cycle or the hair follicle; the portion of hair beneath the surface of skin. The human hair follicles constantly undergo cyclical rounds of rest which is known as telogen, regeneration which is known as anagen and degeneration known as catagen. Hair follicles are highly productive and are unique in this ability to alternate between rest and active growth. 

Connection of your stress and tress

Stress is bad not only for your hair but for your body and mind as well. And if we had to put it easily, yes, stress makes your hair fall out. This happens because stress puts your body in survival mode, directing resources away from good skin blood flow, sleep, growth, appropriate digestion and so the energy can be instead used for flight or fight. And the body doesn’t regard hair to be an essential for survival. 

Stress hormones like cortisol can damage the hair follicle and you won’t even need to wait to get older or reach menopause in case of stress induced receding of hair. Several men and women in their 20’s and 30’s start losing hair due to stress related problems. 

Sudden bouts of hair shredding are related to telogen effluvium; a condition wherein hair in the growing or anagen phase prematurely enters the resting or telogen phase. Moreover, stress resulting from hair loss aggravates the cause and effect cycle, which is bound to keep repeating itself.

Sex Hormones; they are not just for reproduction

During pregnancy, the number of hair follicles in the anagen phase increase owing to the enhanced supply for progesterone and estradiol during that time. These hormones are particularly known to nurture hair and expand the growth phase hence preventing shedding. However, pregnant women also undergo hair loss and often in the form of clumps washing down the drain. 

Changes in hair during pregnancy is quite common and normal and hair loss experienced during the postpartum period is subject to slow but complete recovery. 

On the contrary, the levels of estradiol and progesterone fall during the time of menopause. Women face thinning of hair during this period apart from heavy changes in their body. And just like changes in hair during pregnancy and the post-partum period, all of it is related to hormones. 

Hormones are one of the most common causes of hair loss in both men and women. The particular hormone responsible for hair loss is Dihydrotestosterone known as DHT. 

Thyroid Hormones

In hyperthyroidism, the hair tends to get dry, brittle and dull and an increase in the condition can lead to falling out of hair. Moreover, thyroid can lead to anxiety, irritability and stress which are further triggers known for hair loss. In most cases, hair grows back once thyroid is treated.

Melatonin Hormone

Melatonin is believed to directly and indirectly regular hair growth. The effect of melatonin on hair directly is based on the modulation of serum prolactin. The human hair follicles can secrete melatonin which can be stimulated by norepinephrine in the pineal gland. 

An important task of melatonin is its ability to modulate the response of hair follicles with respect to estrogens, which results in the weakening of intra-follicular expression of estrogen receptors.

Other Hormones

CRH: Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH)is an inhibitor of hair shaft production and also takes part in the premature stimulation of the catagen phase; the transition phase where the hair stops growing and gets detached from the base of the follicle. 

TRH: Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) is present in several organs of the human body including the human hair follicle. TRH promotes hair shaft elongation and prolongs the growth phase of the hair cycle. 

Start your journey to healthier hair with Trichohom!

At Trichohom, we understand the emotional and physical impact hair loss can have on a person and how it affects their daily life. Low self-confidence can make it impossible for you to deliver your best in your personal and professional life. 

Trichohom is proud to offer the best range of hair regeneration treatments that are highly effective and efficient owing to our expert trichologists that ensure your hair loss problems are diagnosed and treated with utmost expertise and professional care. 

Book a consultation with us to avail services ranging from PRP therapy, Mesotherapy, iPRF to Bio DHT treatment suggested and carried out for you in accordance to your hair loss problems and hair regeneration requirements.