Behind the Curtain of Hair Growth: Hormones at Play in Women

In the intricate dance of a woman’s hair growth, hormones assume the roles of vigilant crossing guards. They dictate the routes, timing, and pace of hair development, making them pivotal in the hair growth cycle. Any fluctuations in these hormones can significantly impact the overall health of your hair.

The Hormones Affecting Hair Growth

Two primary hormones, estrogen, and progesterone, hold vital functions in regulating hair growth. Conversely, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a potent byproduct of testosterone, is linked to hair thinning and the shrinking of hair follicles.

Apart from sex hormones, the growth hormone (GH) plays a pivotal role in stimulating hair follicles and the production of keratin, the main protein forming hair strands. Additionally, thyroid hormones play a significant role in signaling the hair growth cycle, and even insulin, known for its role in blood sugar regulation, can influence hair growth. Meanwhile, spikes in the stress hormone cortisol can disrupt keratinocyte activity, hinder hair growth, and impede the formation of collagen, which strengthens and secures hair follicles. Clearly, hormones wield immense influence over the fate of your hairstyle.

Understanding Androgen Influence and Hormonal Shifts

Though both men and women have the aforementioned hormones, gender differences in hormone levels and fluctuations exist. These biological distinctions contribute to how various life stages impact hair thinning. For instance, women undergo natural dynamic hormone shifts over approximately 28 days, while men experience a 24-hour hormone cycle governing androgen levels like testosterone. However, women can also experience androgen influence that affects hair fullness.

Genetic susceptibility is a contributing factor to women’s sensitivity to androgenic hair thinning. This predisposition may worsen with decreased estrogen levels during menopause. Hormonal conditions like thyroid disorders and stress can further exacerbate hair thinning influenced by genetics.

Health Conditions and Life Events Affecting Hormonal Hair Changes

Various health conditions and life events can disrupt a woman’s hormones, impacting hair health. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disorders (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Grave’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism), adrenal insufficiency, diabetes mellitus, menstrual disorders, pregnancy, and menopause all have their respective effects on hormone levels and hair.

Achieving Hormonal Balance for Healthy Hair

Taking charge of your hair health begins with consulting a physician. Additionally, adopting lifestyle changes and utilizing natural supplements can aid in balancing hormones and promoting healthy hair growth.

Limiting exposure to hormone disruptors in the environment, such as plastic bottles, food containers, cleaning products, cosmetics, hair products, and personal care items, can be beneficial. Additionally, natural botanicals like saw palmetto, a key ingredient at Ohio SMP Studio, have been clinically shown to inhibit testosterone conversion to DHT, making it an excellent option for those sensitive to androgens. Another hormone balancer from Mother Nature is maca, an adaptogenic root that supports hormone health during peri- and post-menopause, which is thoughtfully included in Ohio SMP Studio’s Women’s Balance.