How Menopause affects hair loss
Menopause affects hair loss in women. While most people are aware that a lot of men lose their hair as they get older – Women are impacted too!
How much hair was there stuck in my hair brush! My hoover started to screech across my bedroom floor as it picked up my hair! Could I ever wear black without looking like I had just moulted!
I never considered that my menopause could act as an accelerator for hair loss, leaving it looking thin and lifeless. As a consequence I felt very self conscious and developed solutions to help as part of my MidLife Resilience System.
What causes our hair loss
Research suggests that hair loss during perimenopause and menopause is the result of our hormonal decline and fluctuations. Specifically, it’s related to a lowered production of oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones help our hair grow faster and stay on the head for longer periods of time. When the levels of oestrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows more slowly and becomes much thinner.
A decrease in these hormones also triggers an increase in the production of androgens, or a group of male hormones. Androgens shrink hair follicles, resulting in hair loss on the head. In some cases, however, these hormones can cause more hair to grow on the face. This is why some menopausal women develop facial “peach fuzz” and small sprouts of hair on the chin.
How to minimise our hair loss
Before you think you are never going out again, here are some things you can do to give your hair what it needs to restore its beautiful shine!
- Food – Have a daily balanced meal plan, with adequate amounts of protein, whole grains, fruit and vegetables
- Iron – This is crucial for healthy hair as a deficiency can be an underlying cause of hair loss
- Vitamin C – intake has also been found to be important in women whose hair loss is due to iron deficiency
- Vitamin D – Helps to stimulate and thicken hair follicles
- Folic Acid and Vitamin B6 – Can help restore hair growth
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Play a crucial role in maintaining hair health
- Heat – Limit exposure to heat and damaging styling techniques, like blow drying and straightening. Both can weaken hair and cause early hair loss
- Wash – Don’t wash hair too often as this can rid our hair and scalp of the natural oils needed to maintain healthy hair
- Products – It is important to use a good shampoo and conditioner, alongside an additional hair mask. These work to strengthen and maintain shiny, healthy hair
- Calm – Reduce stress levels, as high stress can stunt hair growth
To summarise it’s MidLife-Body: by taking care of ourselves and eating nutrient rich foods to promote hormonal balance.
With MidLife-Self-Care: by implementing wholesome habits which help treat hair loss during menopause, nourish the scalp, and keep the body rested and in optimal health.
With You Through Change & Growth
It’s important to remember that our bodies start to change as we approach the age of 40. We must take ownership and understand why and how our body is changing.
When we understand what is happening to us we can manage our journey from PeriMenopause to Menopause then PostMenopause.
By taking ownership we can manage the impact of the “40 things to accept over 40” and reduce the consequences of our changes – well on most days!
Watch my Coaching Boosts on the Women in Business MidLife-Channel for more detail on the “40 things to accept over 40”.
My passion is coaching Women in Business & Corporates through this journey. Simply, I’m “The MidLife Body and Business Coach” to make it easier for MidLife Women in Business & Corporates to make both a priority!
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