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Soft, Velvety, Long Flowing Locks? Why Not?

Menopause is a period of hormonal changes that can impact various aspects of health, including hair.



Here are five ways menopause can affect hair:

  • Hair Thinning and Loss: One of the most common hair-related changes during menopause is hair thinning and loss. The decrease in oestrogen levels can affect the hair growth cycle, leading to a shorter anagen (growth) phase and a longer telogen (resting) phase. This can result in hair shedding and reduced overall hair density.

  • Changes in Hair Texture: Some women may notice changes in their hair texture during menopause. Hair might become drier, coarser, or more brittle due to the decline in oestrogen and the related impact on hair shaft structure.

  • Increase in Hair Shedding: While hair thinning is common, some women might also experience increased hair shedding due to hormonal fluctuations. This shedding can be more noticeable during showers, combing, or styling.

  • Hair Greying: Menopause can also be accompanied by an acceleration of the greying process. The reduction in melanin production, which gives hair its colour, can lead to the appearance of grey or white hairs.

  • Facial Hair Growth: On the other hand, some women may notice an increase in facial hair growth during menopause. This can be attributed to hormonal changes, particularly the decrease in oestrogen and the relative increase in androgens (male hormones).

  • Scalp Health: Hormonal changes can impact the scalp's health and oil production. Some women may experience a drier scalp, while others might experience oilier or itchier scalps during menopause.

To manage these hair-related changes during menopause, consider the following tips:

  • Gentle Hair Care: Use gentle shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate-free and formulated to address specific hair concerns, such as thinning or dryness.

  • Nourishing Treatments: Incorporate deep conditioning treatments and hair masks to help maintain hair hydration and manage texture changes.

  • Balanced Diet: Consume a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals that support hair health, including biotin, vitamins A and E, and omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Scalp Health: Pay attention to scalp health by keeping it clean and moisturised. Avoid excessive use of hot styling tools and harsh hair treatments.

  • Consult a Professional: If you're concerned about hair changes, consider consulting a dermatologist or a trichologist (hair specialist) who can provide personalised recommendations and treatments.

Remember that individual experiences with menopause-related hair changes can vary widely. While some of these changes may be temporary, others could be more long-lasting. If you're experiencing significant hair thinning, hair loss, or other concerns, it's advisable to seek advice from a healthcare professional or a qualified hair specialist.


 

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