Does The Pill Change Your Curls?

Hello everyone,

I am having hair thickness issues and I'm wondering if I'm not alone.

I usually have a pixie cut but I've been letting my curls grow out for almost a year. My hair is so incredibly fine. Anytime within the past few years that I have let my hair grow out it has been like this. I have to hang upside down and spray my head with tons of hairspray in order to get it to stop laying flat!

It's not an issue of using the right products either, trust me, I know my hair.

The thing is, my hair was never like this! I'm 30 now but in high school I could put a scrunchie in my hair and not even have to wrap it around twice because my hair was so dense. Even in college I recall that my hair was thicker than this, it may have been chin-length but fullness was never an issue.

I've been on the pill for 10 years and it's starting to make me wonder if the change in my hair is related to the hormones. I know that during and after pregnancy women have crazy hair changes (curlies go straight, straight gets wavy, some falls out, some gets thicker, etc.). I'm thinking that it's not such a far-fetched concept.

So I'm curious, has anyone experienced or heard of anything similar?
3A/B, modified CG, LA Looks Mega Mega Gel, Honey, Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner...wish I had all of this curly education growing up!


  • ECCurlyECCurly Posts: 285Registered Users that I think about it, I think you might be right. I was on Ortho Tri-cyclen for a long time and started having issues with it so I switched. My curl pattern has changed since I switched. I used to be a solid 3b, but now I'm more 2c/3a. It's the same length so that can't be it. Interested. I wonder what it'll be like once I'm pregnant.
    VERY fine 2B/3A hair
    Chin-length - growing it out...again.
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    Yes, the pill *can* cause changes in your hair. However- you said you've been on the pill for 10 years. When did you first notice this? It seems like pill-related hair changes tend to come on fairly quickly, at least from what I have heard. Our hair changes throughout our lifetime, so it's possible this would have happened whether or not you had gone on the pill.

    FWIW, I've been on a few different types of hormonal BCs, and none of them made any significant changes to my hair.
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  • larrymoe&melarrymoe&me Posts: 6Registered Users
    While I was on the pill for 10 years, I couldn't have noticed any change to my hair right away or for many years for that matter. Within weeks of starting the pill I chopped all of my hair off into a pixie cut. I had that style for years. When my hair is super short, it is thick as anything. It's when I grew it out into my curls a few years ago that I first noticed any change. Since then, anytime I grow it out after cutting it all off again the same thing happens.
    3A/B, modified CG, LA Looks Mega Mega Gel, Honey, Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner...wish I had all of this curly education growing up!
  • ECCurlyECCurly Posts: 285Registered Users
    Sounds like it might just be dependent on your length. I know the longer my hair gets, the curlier it gets. Maybe yours is sort of the same.
    VERY fine 2B/3A hair
    Chin-length - growing it out...again.
  • * Willow ** Willow * Posts: 496Registered Users
    My hair has changed several times throughout my life - always when there were hormone changes going on. I got curly (used to be wavy) at puberty and my hair changed again with each pregnancy. Hormones can really have a lot to do with it - so don't discount the effect that your BCP's might have on your curls!
    If you focus on the negative not only is that what you'll see, that's what you'll be.
  • guineapigsrcuteguineapigsrcute Posts: 59Registered Users
    I haven't noticed any differences. It probably depends on which birth control you are taking.
  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,156Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Being on the pill has made mine more curly. I've been on so many different brands I can't even count. Your hormones play a part in your curl pattern and thickness, I'm quite sure. I don't think it's a length thing, as I have quite dense hair myself, and it has more body the shorter it is it seems.

    For me, I'm on BC to balance my hormones, so that may be why I have the opposite effect. Have you tried switching brands, or would that not matter?
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