Menopause

How to Overcome Hair Loss During Menopause

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Getting older can often mean shedding more than the occasional strand of hair. Women entering menopause are particularly prone to experiencing an increase in locks loss, as changes within their hormones can cause them to thin or fall out entirely. Luckily, instances of hair loss during this life stage may be unavoidable but not unbeatable.

Postmenopausal women often experience thinning and loss of hair, which can be devastating for their self-esteem. A recent study found that an alarming 60% experienced a decrease in confidence as they lost more locks – particularly significant when it affects half the population under scrutiny.

Menopause can be a tough time for many, and an especially difficult experience with sudden hair loss on the scalp, arms, legs – even the pubic region! With around 50-100 hairs naturally lost daily during this phase of life it’s important to take proactive steps towards nourishing your locks. Fortunately there are ways to maintain healthier manes while also addressing menopausal shedding concerns – so don’t give up hope just yet!

Why does menopause cause hair loss?

During menopause, the shifting levels of two key hormones – oestrogen and testosterone – can surprise many with their influence on hair. Oestrogen’s once prominent role in promoting growth fades as its rate drops; instead, testosterone takes over disproportionately and results in thinner-than-usual tresses along with unwelcome facial fuzz.

However, there are other causes of hair loss. These include factors as simple as what you eat to more serious issues such as stress, certain illnesses and medication. It is important to get to the root of the problem in order to find the most effective treatment.

What You Can Do To Help Encourage Healthy Hair

When menopause hits, it’s important to commit to taking tender, loving care of yourself and your hair. After your doctor’s visit, see your hairdresser for expert advice. Here’s some of what you may hear.

Give Your Hair a Break. If your hair’s been living life in the fast lane — colouring, daily blow-outs, flat-ironing, scalp-stressing hair extensions, tight braids, backcombing, or straightening and relaxing processes — now’s the time to give your tresses a breather.

How to overcome hair loss? 

There’s no harm in trying everything possible that could potentially help your hair to look thicker and fuller. What’s important is finding the right solution that works best for you. Below is a list of steps which will hopefully help you get the beautiful hair you want and deserve.

First Step

A healthy lifestyle: eating a well-balanced diet
Keeping hydrated: drink plenty of water to flush out toxins from the body
Exercise regularly:  a great way to improve mental and physical health
A good sleep schedule: give your body the time it needs to relax, repair, and regenerate overnight 
Second step 
Relieve stress: the chemistry in your brain can have either a positive or negative impact on hair growth 
Care for your scalp: shampoo and condition your hair and scalp as much as you need to! Massaging your dermal papilla (which is the part of your scalp where the hair is created) will help blood flow to this area which is required to promote hair growth
Exfoliate your scalp: don’t just do your face! 
Derma rollers: use them gently on the scalp to help promote hair growth 
Third step 
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): speak to your GP as HRT may be one of the best defences to overcome menopausal hair thinning and loss
Trichology: Investigate on a medical level and book an appointment with a trichologist
Speak to your hairdresser: you can always ask your stylist for advice on what is best for your hair
Make sure you are on a healthy diet – trials indicate that correct nutrition is key to healthy hair growth and nutritional deficiencies can cause hair loss.
Home Remedies
Would you have thought that you definitely have a natural helper or two at home? May we prove it to you? These secret weapons can be found in every well-stocked household:
Coconut oil as a hair treatment
Wash hair with nettle broth
Rinse with apple cider vinegar
Fenugreek – whether as capsules or as a paste for the scalp
Beer Rinse
Parsley Hair Treatment
Hair treatment with argan oil
Aloe vera – cools down the hot scalp
Equally important is a healthy and balanced diet. This bundle of energy keeps the hair roots fit:
iron (legumes, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, quinoa, oatmeal)
Zinc (meat, cheese, milk, eggs)
Folic acid (eggs, tomatoes, oranges, soybeans)
Omega-3 fatty acids (fish, olive oil, flaxseed, walnuts)
Vitamin A, C and E (bell pepper, potato, parsley, spinach, broccoli, kale, flaxseed, nuts).
B vitamins (meat, fish, eggs, milk)
Good to know: A nutritional deficiency can have a negative effect on hair growth. This makes it all the more important to compensate for the deficiency quickly and effectively. And this is exactly where dietary supplements such as biotin, folic acid, zinc or iron come into play. They actively support our hair roots in finding their way back into balance.
But beware: Not just any dietary supplement will do your body any favours. Quality makes all the difference. It’s best to go for a high-quality product from the pharmacy or health food store.
Conclusion
Adjusting to permanent hair loss is challenging for most women. Menopausal hair loss can be upsetting and cause anxiety, but is not usually a sign of an underlying medical disorder, unless accompanied by other symptoms. Improving general and nutritional health may help slow loss. There are cosmetic options for improving the appearance of hair and medical treatments which, when used long term can improve hair growth. If you have other symptoms as well as your hair loss, seek the advice of your doctor.

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