MENOPAUSAL HAIR LOSS AND THINNING
For most women, hair is their crowning glory, we spend large amounts of our lives and money on having new ‘do’s and the results always make us feel fabulous as we we dance out of the salon, swishing our new style as we walk.
So when the menopause causes hair loss and thinning, it can seriously affect our self image, identity and confidence.
But menopausal hair loss is more common than you think, and although it isn’t talked about very much (many women are too worried to speak about it) in most cases, the loss can be treated, managed or improved.
Some young women experience hair loss during puberty due to the changes in hormones and affects women through the menopause between the ages of 30-70+
We all naturally loose hair when we brush or wash our hair, this is totally natural, but many menopausal women find this loss increases greatly during this phase in their lives.
Diet, lifestyle, genetics, hair care routine and general health are all contributing factors, but recent statistics have shown that around eight million women in the UK are affected by hair loss and/or thinning.
Oestrogen and progesterone are both responsible for maintaining healthy hair growth, thickness and quality and when these begin to deplete the hair becomes noticeably thinner. HRT can in some cases return hair to more healthy and thicker level.
On the flip side, testosterone also plays a big part in hair loss. If your testosterone levels are too high, you will experience hair thinning.
We are what we eat. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle will have a big impact on your hair and skin. Hair is made of protein so ensure you consume adequate amounts of healthy proteins, such as lean meats, dairy, and vegetables high in protein such as broccoli, spinach, nuts, eggs and tofu.
Vitamin B12 is responsible for cell regeneration in the hair and this can only be found in animal products, so if you are vegan or vegetarian, be sure to supplement this in additional to your diet.
Be sure to wash and brush your hair gently and scalp massages may stimulate growth. A natural hairbrush rather than a course plastic one is better too.
There are a range of products on the market (be sure to use those for women as the ones designed for men contain different active
We received this amazing guide to reducing hair loss from experienced hair dresser Ella Rae Franklin. Ella has over 15 years experience and you can find her on Instagram @ellaraehair_x
Here’s Ella’s Top Tips
Avoid excessive heat/styling
Less colouring/bleaching of hair.
Be gentle when brushing your hair
Use silk hair ties to reduce tension on the hair and avoid breakage
Silk pillow cases at night for less damage on your hair.
Look at side effects of medications you are currently taking
Speak to a doctor.
Use shampoo and conditioner that prompts stimulation of the scalp and hair growth.
Taking natural hair skin and nail supplements.
Here are some of Ella’s Recommended Product for hair thickening and scalp rejuvenation to help stimulate the scalp and hair follicles.
Shampoo and conditioner.
Trio kit- for chemically treated or coloured hair. Shampoo. Conditioner and scalp/hair treatment.
Trio kit. Shampoo, conditioner and scalp/hair treatment for natural hair.
Trio of treatment, shampoo conditioner and serum.
Root stimulate primer
Day and night set containing anti hair loss treatment and a night rescue treatment.
If you experience continued or extreme hair loss or thinning, then seek advice from a hair dresser, registered Trichologist or GP.