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Hanging on by a hair – when menopausal hair loss is real

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It was a symbol of women taking control over their own lives at the time of emancipation; served as the title of one of the most famous musicals in the world, and the famous saying Her hair is her crowning glory has its roots in the Bible. 

Hair, especially women’s hair, has been adored over the years and has found its way into novels, legends, and even religions. No wonder it is still a source of pride and has a strong influence on our self-esteem. So when in perimenopause we notice weakening or even hair loss, we often panic. So today we suggest what to do to enjoy beautiful strands for as long as possible.

Did you know that on average a woman spends about £40,000 on hair care during her lifetime? Our hair is often our pride and joy, so we spend around 2 hours each week looking after it. Unfortunately, entering menopause can have a negative impact on hair health. This is because the production of oestrogen and also progesterone decreases significantly. 

These two hormones are responsible for female beauty – soft skin and lush hair. With the onset of perimenopause, however, they start to give way to male hormones, especially androsterone and testosterone, which may lead to hair loss and even baldness among women. And these are not isolated cases – about 50% of ladies struggle with menopausal baldness. Remember, however, that not every woman will suffer from excessive hair loss – a lot depends on genetic predisposition. Some of us with naturally thick hair can often enjoy it even at a very late age.

 

As you can see, however, menopause hair loss is quite common and even normal. So don’t panic if you notice that your hair is thinning. There are tried and tested methods to help strengthen your hair.

Hair loss under control

There are several ways that can help. One of the most promising is HRT, or hormone replacement therapy. Taking both oestrogen and progesterone is said to be beneficial for treating hair loss during menopause. HRT can help bring back healthy levels of oestrogen to manage the hair loss problem. It can also counter the amount of testosterone to stop hair follicles from shrinking and prevent hair thinning.

We can also strengthen our hair by changing our eating habits and lifestyle. Unfortunately, during menopause, many women gain weight as a result of hormonal changes in the body. To deal with the excess weight, they start to follow drastic diets, which additionally affect the condition of their hair. That is why it is important to check your menu and include ingredients, which have a positive effect on hair. Opt for protein, which you will find for example in milk and dairy products, lean meat, fish, and eggs. Your hair will also thank you for the B vitamins, especially B7, or biotin, which helps strengthen the hair follicles and the hair itself, making it more resistant to mechanical stress. Oatmeal, bananas, salmon, and eggs are excellent sources of biotin, so make sure you include them in your diet. Try eating foods that contain selenium too – scientists have found that selenium improves hair production. Zinc is also highly recommended as its deficiency can lead to hair loss, hair breakage, and skin conditions. You can find zinc in liver, fish, and sunflower seeds.

With such a large number of vitamins and minerals to remember about, taking care of their proper levels is not easy, so it is usually recommended to use high-quality supplements to make sure that the body is not missing anything.

 

Apart from diet, the lifestyle itself is important for the condition of hair. We know it’s not easy, but try to reduce stress by doing yoga, for example, or by indulging in your favourite hobby. Also, sleep deprivation can cause hair loss, so try to avoid it. If you have trouble falling asleep, use tea or supplements with melissa, melatonin or chamomile extracts.

 

Natural ways – saw palmetto, jojoba, and field horsetail

Don’t forget about the proper cosmetics! Look for products whose ingredients moisturise – during menopause, the scalp becomes dehydrated, less elastic, and less firm. Menopause is also a good time to start using scalp products if you haven’t done so before. Products with jojoba baobab or coconut oil, field horsetail or caviar will help. Saw palmetto oil is also often recommended to help fight baldness. You can also choose shampoos with the aforementioned biotin.

 

It’s important to avoid tugging your hair or using a flat iron too often, and instead, make friends with a wooden comb and ampoule conditioners. Cosmetics that are rich in phytoestrogens can stimulate the hair follicle to produce new hair, and also help some ladies. Phytoestrogens are found, for example, in limpet extract, which is a common ingredient in trichological cosmetics.

 

Scalp massages, which improve blood supply, nutrition, and oxygenation of hair follicles, may also prove to be helpful. Performed regularly, even at home, a scalp massage can have a positive effect on the appearance and condition of your hair.

 

Severe hair loss and even menopausal baldness can understandably cause feelings of helplessness and sadness, which have an impact on self-esteem. So if none of the above has worked, seek a trichology consultation. There is a chance that the doctor will be able to identify the cause of baldness, which does not have to be the menopause itself – then a proper diagnosis and quick response can significantly reduce and sometimes reverse the process of hair loss.

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