Are Your Curls Hormonal?
I’ve been embracing my curls for 15 years — it took me 3 years to master a routine that led to ⚖️ 💦 balanced moisture, the right amount of volume, definition, and minimal tangling or breakage. Once I figured that routine out, I worked it RELIGIOUSLY. Because while I love my curls, I have other obligations and commitments that demand my attention. The routine provided me with consistent results, for YEARS… until it didn’t 😭.
Could hormones be throwing off your tried-and-true curl routine?
So you know your curls, you know the products that work, you know the products to avoid. You have your routine down pretty solid, and get solid consistent results. Then one day, you wake up, using the same products, process, and get completely different results! But not the “good” different results — the results that leave your curls feeling 🌵 parched — crying for moisture, no bounce or spring; Or leave your scalp sensitive to touch, oily or drier than usual. If the change in results cannot be linked to the typical culprits (products and process) then you may want to consider the effect of your hormones.
Hormones are necessary! Hormones tell your body how to breathe, grow, 🥤 drink, and eat. We as humans will experience hormone shifts throughout the day. Those shifts are more detectable for women who have a menstrual cycle, and are not on birth control.
If you are using high-quality products from our 360° Curls Collection Product Bundle (featured in the pic) and a consistent routine, but not getting your usual results, it’s time to consider the role of hormones!
Our hormones don’t only affect our emotions & energy around our period, but could also impact our curls!
Last year I noticed a complete change in how my curls responded to my very easy and trusted routine of 3 years. The change was noticeable and it drained my ⏰ time, attempting to maintain my curls. My day 5 curls turned into day 2 or 3 before a refresh; curls became very dry, but my scalp was extremely oily! Excessive matting at the crown of my head, but very loose curls at the nape of my neck. This sudden change in less than one day was enough variation to drive any curly 🤪 crazy!
Be sure to investigate & observe
Become intentional about increasing your awareness of timing and the situation ifyour curls decide to do their own thing. I noticed that 2 weeks before a visit from “Aunt Flo,” my curls consistently went AWOL. My periods are not very kind to me —
I struggle with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), and all the symptoms that come with it. I realized that when those symptoms kicked in, my hair gave out!
This knowledge was a game changer for me, for several reasons, I:
✨ KNOW the source of the issue and knowing is important
✨ Accept I cannot control the source of the issue
✨ Learned how to manage my curls around the time “Aunt Flo” visits
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So….what do I do to solve this? Tips for my #curlytribe!
✨ Use products that are water-soluble. When the hormones rev up, your oil or sweat glands may do the same. Products that are water-soluble help to minimize build-up, irritation, and itching. Luckily, the entire 360° Curls Collection Product Bundle is water soluble!
✨ Embrace the bun life and headbands! Sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing at all, so pull it back and forget about it.
Check out more 🔑 key deets on the role of hormones
The change in progesterone and estrogen levels in your body (depending on which way they sway) can lead to hair loss, dry scalp, oily scalp, dandruff, scalp tenderness, sores/scabs. The list continues! Becoming familiar with how your hormones operate within your body and awareness of hormonal imbalances will enable you to address the concern where the root issue lies.
If you’ve noticed a change in the longevity of your curl definition, moisture, resilience or even a change in how your scalp feels, AND you haven’t changed your routine, environment, or products … then it could be your hormones.
- Cortney Sigilai / Co-Founder of TreLuxe