Your mental health can have a huge effect on your bodily functions, including your hair growth. Stress can cause increased production of testosterone within the body, which ultimately disrupts the hair growth cycle. Stress can also reduce blood and oxygen flow to the scalp and hair cells, preventing essential nutrients from reaching the scalp and restricting healthy hair growth.
Water and air pollution and chemical exposure can contribute to thinning hair. Chemical exposure from products and pollution, such as acid rain, can cause our scalps to become dry and our hair to become damaged and brittle. If our scalps are lacking in moisture and nourishment, our hair health will deteriorate and hair growth can be disrupted and hair may begin to thin.
In particular, hair follicles are extremely sensitive to any changes in the level of hormones in your body. Medication can affect our hormones; birth control medication, for example, can cause changes that our not natural to your body and can contribute to thinning hair. Thinning hair is a known side effect for many medicines, including steroids and treatment for acne, diabetes and more.
Hormones & Health
Health and hormonal changes can lead to disruption in your hair growth cycle. Hormonal changes that occur during the menopause and post pregnancy can lead to thinning hair. With post-partum hair thinning or hair loss, it can take around 15 months to get back into your normal hair growth cycle. If you are concerned about hormonal changes, seek advice from your Doctor.
Nutrition, or lack of it, can have a huge influence on hair growth. It is important to include foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals such as omegas, biotin, protein and vitamin A. You can read more about food for hair growth by following the link below.
Unfortunately, some people are naturally gifted with the fantastic hair gene when they are born (not really, but genetics do play a big part in hair growth). In the same way that some people naturally have thick hair, your thinning hair could be a result of your genetics. This can become more of an issue as you get older and your body changes. Your hair genetics can be inherited from your father or your mother.