4 Stages in a Woman’s Life that Affect Hair
Face shape, skin tone, eye colour and shape, etc., are some aesthetic features that complement the beauty of a woman. Hair is one of the most common features that can instantly grab people’s attention. Unlike the type, colour and thickness, every woman has a unique hair quality that establishes her essence. Hair is considered as an actual reflection of a woman’s inner self and their quality can also define her mood, health and well-being.
Speaking of health, it is a well-known fact that our skin undergoes ample changes during the menstrual cycle. But the interesting part is that hair also undergoes certain changes during these five to seven days. Wondering how? Well, it is all about the hormones. The secretion of hormones fluctuates a lot during the menstrual cycle and more testosterone is produced that makes our hair look greasy and sticky.
Role of Hormones in Hair Quality
The quality of your scalp (greasy or dry) or even the volume of your hair depends on the three hormones:
Oestrogen levels are related to the volume and texture of our hair. During puberty, these levels increase significantly, which make our hair look thick and voluminous. During pregnancy and menopause, oestrogen levels fluctuate and again affect hair growth.
This is the main hormone behind sebum secretion, which makes our hair look greasy and oily.
Testosterone (another name for the male sex hormone) exerts a significant impact on women’s hair quality and an increased sebum secretion making the hair look greasy. Increased androgen levels can result in unwanted sudden hair growth and also cause alopecia in certain cases.
During Menstruation Cycle
During menstruation, the oestrogen and progesterone secretions are quite low. These low levels are one of the reasons why the hair looks dull and lacks lustre. Once the ovulation phase begins, the oestrogen is at its peak and the hair looks healthy and voluminous again. It is during this time that the hair is not as oily due to minimal sebum production.
The latter phase of the menstrual cycle, also known as the luteal phase, witnesses an increase in progesterone levels, which again increase sebum production and the hair looks oily again.
The oestrogen levels are at their all-time high during the pregnancy, which means there is quite less shedding with improvement in the overall volume and lustre of the hair. The hair quality is at its best here. Once the delivery occurs, the oestrogen level drops, and a significant hair loss occurs, which usually resolves itself without any treatment.
Hair loss during menopause is attributed to the drop in oestrogen and progesterone levels. Because these are the hormones that help hair grow faster, the lower levels of these hormones results in an increased hair loss, stunted or slow hair growth, and considerable hair thinning. Stress, diet and lifestyle habits also play major roles in hair loss during menopause.
If the hair loss is quite severe and the quality of life is also affected, then pharmacotherapy is usually initiated. The doctor may advise hormone replacement therapy once risks and benefits are assessed.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the commonly occurring hormone disorders that affect every 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. This condition can cause a range of hair-related symptoms including hirsutism, which causes excess facial and body hair and androgenic alopecia that is referred to as male pattern hair loss or thinning of hair.
PCOS may also be associated with other conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Managed with diet and lifestyle modifications, alopecia caused by PCOS can be managed by ingesting oral contraceptive pills, antiandrogens and Minoxidil.
Hirsutism on the other hand can be overcome by a combined cosmetic and pharmacological approach by either shaving, epilation, and laser hair removal.
Know when to see a doctor
- When there is massive hair loss accompanied by balding
- When there is dark coarse hair on the face and body
- When you notice seborrheic or psoriasis changes on our scalp
For us women, hair is associated with a feeling of attractiveness, good health and an overall feel-good factor. Losing hair can be highly devastating and has been known to affect women’s self-esteem and relationships.
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