Prednisone and Hair Loss: What You Need to Know

Prednisone and Hair Loss: What You Need to Know
Tommy T.
Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

6 mins read

Hair loss can be a distressing side effect of certain medications, and prednisone is one such medication that has been associated with this issue. At Elegant SMP, we understand the concerns and emotional impact of hair loss and we are here to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your health. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the causes, effects, and available solutions for prednisone-induced hair loss.

The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. Consult a healthcare professional for personalized guidance regarding your specific situation.

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Prednisone and Hair Loss: What You Need to Know

Understanding Prednisone and Its Uses

Prednisone is a corticosteroid drug prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of conditions, including allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders, and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties, which make it an effective treatment option for these conditions. However, it's important to note that prednisone is a powerful medication that can have significant side effects.

The Link Between Prednisone and Hair Loss

Hair loss is among the side effects associated with the use of prednisone. It is not uncommon for individuals taking this medication to experience hair thinning or even hair loss. While not everyone will develop this side effect, it is a concern for many patients.

Prednisone and DHT


To understand why prednisone can cause hair loss, it’s important to delve into the role of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in hair health. DHT is a hormone derived from testosterone, and it is known to have a significant impact on hair growth. In individuals who are genetically predisposed to hair loss, DHT can bind to hair follicles and cause them to shrink, leading to gradual hair thinning and eventual hair loss.

Prednisone can influence the production and regulation of DHT in the body. It has been observed that prednisone can increase the levels of DHT, especially in individuals who are already predisposed to hair loss. This excess DHT can accelerate the hair loss process, leading to more noticeable thinning or shedding of hair.

The Role of Genetics


While prednisone can contribute to hair loss, it’s important to note that genetics also play a significant role in determining an individual’s susceptibility to hair loss. People with a genetic predisposition to androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness) may be more likely to experience hair loss while taking prednisone. Therefore, it’s essential to discuss your medical history and family history of hair loss with your healthcare provider.

The Effects of Prednisone on Hair

Hair loss caused by prednisone can manifest in different ways, including hair thinning and actual hair loss.

Hair Thinning


Hair thinning is a common side effect for individuals taking prednisone. It occurs when the hair shaft becomes finer, leading to less volume and density on the scalp. Hair thinning can be quite distressing, as it affects the overall appearance and thickness of the hair.

Hair Loss


In some cases, prednisone may cause actual hair loss. This can be seen as patches of baldness or significant shedding of hair throughout the scalp. Hair loss can have a profound impact on an individual’s self-esteem and confidence, making it a significant concern for those taking prednisone.

Solutions for Prednisone-Induced Hair Loss

If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning due to prednisone, there are several treatment options available to address this issue.

DHT-Blocking Shampoos


One of the options to consider is using DHT-blocking shampoos. These shampoos contain ingredients that can inhibit the production of DHT in the body. By blocking DHT, these shampoos aim to minimize the impact of the hormone on hair follicles and potentially slow down the hair loss process. It’s important to remember that DHT-blocking shampoos are more effective for individuals experiencing mild hair loss as a result of prednisone and may not provide significant results for those with more advanced hair loss.

Scalp Micropigmentation: A Revolutionary Treatment


Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) has emerged as an innovative and highly effective non-surgical treatment option for hair loss, including prednisone-induced hair loss. This procedure involves the skilled application of pigments to the scalp, creating the appearance of hair follicles and enhancing hair density. At Elegant SMP, we specialize in providing natural-looking and undetectable results using the SMP technique.

During an SMP session, our expert technicians use specialized equipment to carefully replicate the look of hair follicles. By strategically placing pigments in the scalp, they create the illusion of a full head of shaved hair or a closely-cropped shadow. This technique is known as the “faded hairline,” which involves creating a soft and natural hairline that seamlessly blends with your existing hair.

SMP treatment can effectively address hair thinning, hair loss, and receding hairlines caused by prednisone or other factors. It is a long-lasting solution that does not require any surgical procedures, making it a popular choice among individuals seeking a non-invasive option for hair restoration.

Guaranteed Results


At Elegant SMP, we take pride in our ability to deliver guaranteed results to our clients. We understand the emotional impact of hair loss and strive to not only restore your hairline but also boost your confidence and self-esteem. Our highly skilled technicians utilize the best equipment and techniques in the industry, ensuring that you receive the most natural-looking and undetectable results.


Hair loss caused by prednisone can be distressing, but there are solutions available to help you regain your confidence and restore the appearance of a full head of hair. DHT-blocking shampoos can be a starting point for individuals experiencing mild hair loss, while scalp micropigmentation offers a revolutionary non-surgical treatment option for more advanced cases.

If you’re tired of the routine and just want to feel free with a frame to your face, rocking that 5 o’clock shadow look, then it’s time to consider scalp micropigmentation with Elegant SMP. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards natural-looking and undetectable hair restoration. Let us be your trusted partner on this transformative journey, and together we’ll help you achieve the results you desire.

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Elegant Scalp Micropigmentation was founded in Buffalo, NY with the goal of providing clients with a compassionate and understanding atmosphere for their hair loss troubles. We’ve been through it ourselves and at Elegant SMP, are devoted to providing our customers with the knowledge and confidence they need to make a well-informed decision about their SMP treatment plan. 

It is our pleasure to offer our premium SMP services that will unveil a rejuvenated, true version of yourself. With our continued dedication to perfecting this craft, we aim to help our clients rediscover their confidence and enjoy a renewed sense of self-esteem.

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Elegant SMP is the place to get your scalp micropigmentation if you are interested in quality technique. Not all SMP is the same and your practitioner's training really does matter. For me, understanding how my artist could achieve an authentic looking hairline was very important, and very few SMP artists have the training to achieve that. Tommy at Elegant SMP is a true professional who understands how to get a natural looking result that is difficult to replicate - which is a true testament to his training. My SMP results exceeded my expectations and I would recommend Elegant SMP to anyone who is interested in getting the highest quality work the first time, or repairing SMP work that missed the mark.
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I just finished my third session with Tommy over at elegant smp. He did a great job and was extremely professional. His attention to detail was amazing giving me the desired look I was going for. I would highly recommend his services for anyone looking to have this procedure done. Everything about the experience was pleasant and stress free.

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