Hormonal Hair Loss And How To Regrow Hair Naturally

Written by Arshiya Syeda

Various hormones cause hair loss (1). Women, especially, bear the brunt of it due to pregnancy, menopause, and the stress associated with these significant life changes. Women may not go completely bald, but patches of exposed scalp are not welcome either! We could do away with at least one less problem, right?

Thankfully, there are ways to reduce hair loss due to hormones. It might take time, but regular care can reduce hair loss due to hormonal imbalance. Read on to learn how to stop hormonal hair loss and regrow hair naturally. But first, learn more about which hormones cause hair fall in the first place. Swipe up!

5 Hormones That Cause Hair Loss

1. Testosterone

Testosterone is the male sex hormone. However, testosterone is present in negligible amounts in women too. Due to underlying issues like poor diet, genetics, and PCOS, sometimes women may produce excessive amounts of testosterone. Facial hair, obesity, and female pattern hair loss are common symptoms of excessive production of testosterone.

Testosterone gets converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) catalyzed by the enzyme, 5-alpha reductase. Excessive amounts of DHT causes hair loss in women (2). One of the ways to reduce testosterone naturally is to lose weight (3). Talk to a doctor about treatment options.

Note: Finasteride is not recommended for women of childbearing age.

2. Pregnancy Hormones

About 40-50% of women experience excessive hair shedding from one to five months of pregnancy. This hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, occurs due to changes in estrogen and progesterone levels (4). Androgenic alopecia (female pattern hair loss) also occurs in women after childbirth (5).

3. Thyroid Hormones

Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss (6). They can cause an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata in women. Alopecia areata is characterized by circular pattern hair loss. PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is also an autoimmune thyroid condition that causes diffused hair loss (7).

4. Menopause Hormones

Menopause can also impact the hair growth cycle in women, especially if androgenic alopecia was already diagnosed prior to hitting menopause. Changes in sex hormones and an increase in stress-associated hormones lead to female pattern hair loss during and after menopause (8), (9).

5. Stress Hormones

Stress associated with pregnancy, delivery, menopause, or any other factors can lead to the secretion of cortisol. This stress hormone affects the cell cycle of hair follicles (10), (11).

These are the various hormones that cause hair loss. So, how can you reduce or restore hormonal balance to regrow your hair? The good news is, you can reduce hormonal hair loss naturally. Scroll down to find out how.

How To Reduce Hormonal Hair Loss Naturally

  • Change Up Your Diet

To balance the hormones and improve hair growth, it is extremely important to change your diet. Clean and healthy food always has a positive impact on your body and mind. It is absolutely necessary to stay away from all the sugary treats, salty foods, and foods laden with trans fats (candy, burger, pizza, fries, pretzels, etc.). Here’s what you should be eating instead:

Vegetable: Spinach, bok choy, arugula, cabbage, lettuce, chard, radish greens, beetroot, carrot, broccoli, tomato, cucumber, asparagus, radish, turnip, and pumpkin.

Fruits: Apple, peach, orange, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, prune, papaya, pineapple, tangerine, nectarine, watermelon, muskmelon, and avocado.

Protein: Eggs, mackerel, tuna, salmon, haddock, basa, ground turkey, lean beef, chicken breast, organ meat, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, soybean, and tofu.

Dairy: Milk, cheese, buttermilk, and yogurt.

Seeds And Nuts: Pepita, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, almond, walnuts, and cashew.

Fats And Oils: Olive oil, avocado oil, and clarified butter (ghee).

  • Get A Head Massage

Head massage is said to work well for stimulating hair growth, though this claim has not been substantiated by any scientific research. Massage your entire head and neck with coconut oil or almond oil gently in a circular motion for 10-15 minutes at least twice a week. It helps improve blood circulation, which helps the nutrients to reach the hair roots. Head massage also helps you relax, an additional value for people going through a significant life ch[ ange.

  • Apply A Hair Mask Every Week

You have to tackle the problem of hair loss due to hormonal imbalance internally as well as externally. This means, apart from changing your diet, you must also take care of your scalp and hair health externally. The easiest way to do so is to apply a hair mask once every week. Here are a few hair masks that work well for inducing hair growth:

Coconut Oil And Castor Oil: Mix equal parts of coconut oil and castor oil. Massage the oil into your scalp and hair. Wear a shower cap and wait for 45 minutes. Wash off the oil with shampoo and conditioner.

Egg White Mask: Crack an egg and separate the white and the yolk. Lightly beat the egg white. Section your hair and apply the egg white from the roots to the tips with a brush. Wear a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes before washing it off.

Henna Mask: Mix 5-7 tablespoons of henna with 2 tablespoons of shikakai and 1 tablespoon of reetha. Add warm water and mix it. Let it steep overnight. Apply coconut oil to your hair. Section your hair and use a brush to apply the henna hair mask from the roots to the tips. Wait for 60 minutes before washing it off.

Note: Henna imparts an orangish tinge to the hair. Do not use it if you have blonde or colored hair. Just use shikakai and reetha instead.

Aloe Vera And Lemon Juice: Mix 3 tablespoons of aloe vera with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Apply it to your scalp. Massage your scalp gently in a circular motion for 10 minutes. Wait for 20 minutes before washing it off.

  • Do Yoga For Hormone Balancing

Yoga, especially Sirsasana (head stand), is said to be amazing for hair growth. It increases blood circulation and enables the hair follicles to be nourished with the nutrients that boost hair growth. Yoga is also helpful for restoring hormonal balance. Kapalbhati, Anulom Vilom, baby pose, and Surya Namaskar are a few yoga poses that can help improve your hair health.

  • Do Any Form Of Exercise Regularly

Apart from yoga, you must include some form of exercise into your daily routine. Go for Zumba, kickboxing, HIIT, walking, running, swimming, or any other sports to keep physically and mentally fit. Exercising helps secrete serotonin, which helps reduce stress and inflammation in the body. That’s why we feel good after taking a walk at the end of the day. Hormonal imbalance caused due to improper diet or any other factor can be reduced significantly if you exercise regularly.

  • Drink Adequate Water

Water helps flush out toxins and improve the circulation of the nutrients required for good hair growth. Drink at least 2-3 liters of water every day. If you work out, drink 3-4 liters of water. You can also add water to your system by consuming freshly pressed fruit juice, fruits, and detox drinks.

  • Sleep Well Every Night

Pregnancy, menopause, additional stress at work or home, and sleep deprivation cause cortisol secretion. This, in turn, causes chronic inflammation due to toxin build-up. Getting sound sleep for 7-8 hours is best to reduce inflammation and allow the hair follicles to complete the growth cycle and prevent premature termination of hair growth.

Conclusion

Hormonal hair loss can be reduced if proper care is taken. Of course, you must see a doctor first to determine which hormone is causing hair loss. Apart from taking the treatments prescribed by a licensed dermatologist, you must eat healthy, exercise, apply hair masks, get a head massage, and stay hydrated and stress-free. A combined effect of all of these can help you restore hair growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know I have a hormonal imbalance?

Some hormonal imbalances have prominent signs, like changes in facial hair and obesity. Pregnancy, menopause, and increased stress at work or home can also trigger hormonal imbalance. However, we recommend you see a doctor to determine if your hair loss is due to hormonal imbalance.

How long does it take for hair to grow back after hormonal hair loss?

It takes 6 months to about a year (or more) to grow your hair back from hormonal hair loss. Don’t lose heart because you can reduce hair loss and regrow your hair if you take proper care of your diet and lifestyle. Also, consult a doctor to seek the best treatment.

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor and certified counselor. Ever the lover of the written word, she served on the editorial boards of her school and college newsletters. Writing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and nutrition helped her combine her love for reading, writing, and research. As an editor, she helps her team members deliver polished and meticulously researched content. Arshiya is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and aims to become a multilinguist by learning German and teaching herself American Sign Language (ASL).