Healthy Living | Healthy Ageing

Menopause and Hair Loss

Menopause brings about many changes as hormone production fluctuates and drops. This has an impact on our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

One area where we may notice change is the health of our hair. Either we lose more of it or it is thinning and, we may experience some hair growth on the chin.

Why do we experience hair loss during menopause?

Oestrogen helps hair growth and as the levels diminish during menopause, together with lower progesterone levels, the growth cycle changes. At the same time, testosterone production, the male hormone, increases and this can trigger thinning of the hair on the scalp or, cause the regrowth to be weaker and finer and that is when hair loses its natural volume and hold. All these changes may be an unsettling experience.

Psychological Impact

Hair has deep psychological and sexual meaning and is associated with femininity. Menopause signals the end of our reproductive years and pair that with a changing feminine look, it may create some angst.

Hair Quality

You may have had an oily scalp when younger and that is, with menopause, no longer the case. With the reduction of sebum, the natural oil produced by the skin, hair may be drier and even brittle due to the lack of that natural lubrication. Changes in medication and stress levels also affect hair health.

It is not totally understood what the main cause of hair loss is during menopause. Some of us experience it more than others.

Solutions to help prevent hair loss during menopause

Nutrition

Protein is important for growth and the development of skin, hair and nails. A balanced diet which incorporates a large variety of fresh foods is important to bring a complex array of nutrients to all parts of the body.

Exercise

As we move our bodies, preferably outdoors for some time during the day, circulation is stimulated bringing all the nutrients more efficiently to all cells, helping them to be as healthy as possible. An increase of oxygen intake is also beneficial for health.

Supplements

These may be beneficial to supplement where you may be lacking in your diet. I would recommend to source high quality supplements from a reputable source.

If your scalp is very dry, Aloe Vera gel helps to soothe and hydrate the scalp to create a healthier environment for hair follicles.

Silica is naturally present in blood, hair, bones and nails and is an important mineral. It most definitely helps to prevent hair thinning, restoring vitality to hair and may even address hair loss without the need for hormone mimicking herbs. The great thing is, it is natural.

Good food sources of silica include unrefined cereals, apples, cherries, almonds, oranges, fish, oats and seeds. 

Hydration

Drinking water helps cellular health as blood is more fluid and flows more readily through the body. This in turn helps to carry nutrients to reach cells faster.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Choose gentle products to support dry or damaged hair. Baby shampoo sounds gentle but is far from being that! Its purpose is to get rid of cradle cap. Use it and you strip your scalp of all the good oils that are so beneficial for the health of your scalp and hair.