Polycystic ovary syndrome affects one in ten women of childbearing age, and impacts every individual differently. Women who have PCOS suffer from a hormonal imbalance and often have symptoms that can result in health problems.
One of the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome that women struggle with is hair thinning, which can affect the appearance and confidence of a PCOS-sufferer. Here are some great tips on how to handle hair thinning that will change the way you feel about your new look for good!
What causes hair loss?
PCOS can cause hyperandrogenism, a condition that results in high levels of androgens in women. Symptoms can include acne, inflamed skin and hair loss. Unfortunately, if the hair follicles on your scalp are sensitive to the hormone, then hair will struggle to grow on your head, resulting in thinning hair or complete hair loss. Hyperandrogenism also often causes an increase in hair growth on the rest of your body, which in some cases can be just as distressing as the hair loss..
How can I treat thinning hair?
Hair that’s lost because of PCOS won’t grow back by itself. Nevertheless, there are treatments that can stimulate the growth of new hair and there are lots of different things you can do to hide the effects of PCOS-related hair thinning and loss.
Shampoo and Conditioner
When you’re experiencing hair thinning, you may be tempted to use hair products that boost the volume and thickness of your hair. However, you should make sure you’re switching to and prioritising gentler shampoos and conditioners with all-natural ingredients. If they’ve got a huge amount of chemicals in their ingredients, it’s best to leave them on the supermarket shelf. Hair products with natural elements are less likely to irritate your scalp and speed up the hair thinning process.
Lower Your Stress Levels
Hair thinning can be a stressful experience, especially on top of everything else PCOS is putting you through. You should aim to eliminate stressors in your life as best as you can and look at ways of reducing the strain on your health. Make sure you get more sleep and are well rested at night. You should also exercise regularly and participate in physical activity at least once a day. You could try yoga to help you meditate and relax too. The most important thing is to find what works for you and will be sustainable over time.
Consider having a more healthy and balanced diet and avoiding foods that may cause your condition to worsen. For instance, starchy and sugary foods can have a negative impact on those who suffer with PCOS. You should opt for foods high in fibre and lean proteins like spinach, tofu, fish and walnuts.
Get a New Style
There are plenty of different hairstyles for you to try if you’ve got thin hair, from an asymmetrical bob to a pixie cut. However, they do not all have to be short – there are looks for medium-length hair, like the wispy front layers style, that can add texture and volume without your hair being cut above your shoulders. Speak to your stylist about your options and choose the style that will make you feel most confident.
Use the Right Tools
When dealing with thin hair, you should always use a soft brush, so it’s more kind to your scalp. You should also avoid any heated tools, like curlers and straighteners because of the damage they cause to your hair.
Like all symptoms of PCOS, although disheartening, thinning hair is something that can be managed and dealt with. Talk to your GP if you are concerned about any aspects of your condition.