Hormone havoc for your hair
During pregnancy, women produce higher concentrations of oestrogen which can result in the development of thicker, stronger, longer and healthier looking hair. The hair cycle tends to shed less and grow more during this period.
Women are prone to temporary hair loss immediately after pregnancy because the extended hair growth stops and these hairs go into their ‘resting phase’ before embarking on their regular pre-pregnancy cycle.
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Hormonal contraceptives can have a negative or a positive impact on the health of your hair. Depending on its composition, ‘the pill’ can amplify or even trigger hair problems, or fix these issues. Many androgenic oral contraceptives (containing testosterone and low doses of oestrogen) can decrease hair growth.
Androgenetic alopecia, otherwise know as male pattern hair loss, is believed to be due to the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Researchers nominate DHT as one of the primary contributors to male pattern hair loss,54 which can occur in both men and women.
It’s important to note that not all hormonal imbalances are related to testosterone and oestrogen levels. Some can be caused by a thyroid dysfunction, infection or an undiagnosed illness.
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