Our hair goes through changes depending on many factors, including our stage of life, health, and environmental conditions. One of the most noticeable changes is texture. You may notice that your once course, thick locks have become thin and fine. Or you may find the opposite has happened. Let’s take a look at 6 underlying causes of change in hair texture.
1. Change in Hormones
Sex hormones play a role in hair growth in men and women. For men, a decrease in androgens, including testosterone, can lead to thinner and finer hair strands. Men may also experience thinning and balding on the scalp.
In women, a couple of different things can happen. Pregnant women may find their hair thicker and more voluminous than ever before. This is due to an increase in estrogen and progesterone. On the other hand, menopause can result in hair that is thin, coarse, and dry. The culprit is lower levels of estrogen and progesterone. Some women do experience thinning due to changes in hormones.
Your hair naturally changes as you age. The main reason is that collagen, an important hair protein, decreases as you age. This reduction alters the texture of your hair. A change in hormone levels (e.g., menopause) is another reason hair texture changes as you get older.
Adequate nutrition is crucial for healthy hair growth. A deficiency in one or more nutrients needed for hair growth can change your hair texture, making it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. Likewise, once dietary deficiencies are corrected, your hair’s texture can change from dry and thin to thick and lustrous.
4. Medication & Illnesses
Some medications have side effects that alter how hair grows (or if it grows). Your doctor can advise whether the drugs may change your hair’s texture. Certain illnesses, such as thyroid conditions, can also negatively affect hair texture. Often, once illnesses are treated, and medications are stopped, normal hair growth resumes.
5. Excessive Heat During Styling
You may have noticed that the texture changes if you straighten, blow-dry, or use any heat styling tools on your hair. For example, if you straighten your wavy hair, it becomes silky and soft. This is because heat changes the chemical properties of your hair, which can be undone once you wet your hair. Be careful because excessive use of heat styling tools can also make your hair dry, brittle and prone to breakage.
Although you can’t control them, genetics also play a role in hair growth and may be responsible for a change in texture. If you’re a man, take a look at the men in your family, or if you’re a woman, take a look at the women in your family to see what you can expect in terms of hair growth and texture changes as you get older.
When to Seek Professional Help
It can be challenging to nail down the reason for changes in your hair texture. You don’t have time to waste on a trial-and-error approach. Seeking professional treatment from Northwest Arkansas’ most trusted hair restoration studio can help give your confidence back.
Our certified stylists will conduct a thorough analysis and will then provide you with different solutions to create a custom plan based on your needs and budget. We offer a variety of different solutions for all different budgets. Trichological treatments, hair restoration systems for men and women, and more. Start your journey to healthier hair today. Schedule your free consultation!