Hot flushes, forgetfulness, weight gain. Without saying much more than that, you’re probably already thinking ‘menopause’. These classic signs have come to define this life stage for many women. Which is why many women are taken by surprise when it also brings on less-talked-about changes - those involving your scalp and hair.
Transitioning to menopause can be an emotional experience. You’re moving from one stage of your life to another, perhaps even struggling to get comfortable with what’s going on on the inside. And seeing your physical appearance changing can only add to this struggle.
Today at Ginger&Pearl we’re exploring how you can manage some of your symptoms and ensure your hair looks great, even if the rest of you feels a little off.
YOUR HAIR DURING MENOPAUSE
Even if you had long, thick locks as a young woman, this transformative time can change the look and feel of your hair and scalp in a dramatic or subtle manner.
Most women find that their hair loses both volume and length around menopause. This is because menopause causes your oestrogen levels to decrease, and oestrogen is a hair-friendly hormone, helping to keep your hair in its anagen (growth) phase for longer.
You may also find that your hair breaks more easily after menopause. This is because the new hairs that your follicles produce become gradually finer, and finer hair is naturally more fragile.
And in women whose hair follicles are sensitive to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), hair thinning during menopause is often more pronounced. This is because the drop in oestrogen levels around menopause means that you have a higher ratio of testosterone in your body, allowing it to have a stronger negative affect on your hair follicles.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSAL HAIR THINNING?
Hair thinning is always gradual, no matter what the cause. Fifty is the average age for menopause, but changes to your hair can begin long before. Around menopause, you may begin to notice the following:
- Your ponytail is thinner.
- Your hair is not growing as long as it used to.
- Your parting is wider than it used to be.
- Your scalp is more visible around the crown of your head.
- You've noticed a recession at your temples.
- There is a loss of density at your frontal hairline.
- You have a reduction of thickness, volume, and length of each strand.
HOW CAN YOU MANAGE THESE SYMPTOMS AND GET YOUR HAIR CONFIDENCE BACK ?
Hair Loss and Thinning: Use products that support and strengthen your current hair. You want to ensure you’re using products that are specifically designed to target your hair follicles, and keep your hair in a strong healthy state like our Healthy Hair Mask. Sadly, generic hair products are just that… generic – meaning that you won’t see any real benefits or positive changes. Much like using a standard moisturiser on dry skin; it’s just not designed to give your hair what it needs and as a result your hair will always feel like its missing something.
You also want to use a product that keeps your hair in the anagen stage (growth stage) as the loss in oestrogen production means your hair's time in it's growth stage can be significantly shortened. Our Hair Growth Elixir (using key ingredients shown to increase hair growth by up to 27% in studies) is specifically designed to target your hairs growth cycle and maximise your hairs growth potential.
You also want to think about what styling techniques you use (avoiding heated tools or tying hair back tightly, for example) and potentially talk to your stylist about a new style if your current one involves regularly curling, straightening or styling your hair with heat tools.
Dry Scalp: Just like the hormonal shift can cause skin to lose moisture, your scalp and hair may also become dry and brittle. (Many people mistake this dryness as dandruff). You want to ensure your scalp (and in turn your hair) is in tip top condition and the best way to do this is to weekly exfoliate and rebalance your scalp’s pH using a specialist scalp scrub like our Purifying Scalp Scrub. This ensure your scalp and hair roots are in a healthy environment which means your hair follicles themselves will remain healthy and strong and in turn decreases the chances of developing pattern baldness.
And the final thing you can do is….
Eat smart: Yep! Your diet really plays into how your hair looks! Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and increasing the amount of healthy fats you’re eating, such as foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (think salmon, walnuts and hemp seeds). A healthy diet will help boost your skin’s protective barrier, preventing scalp dehydration and ensuring your hair is getting the right amount of vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy and beautiful.
Of course, if any of the changes you’re experiencing are extreme, or if you’re especially worried that they aren’t normal, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
OUR THREE SPECIALIST HAIR PRODUCTS
Our Three Products have all been designed specifically to tackle the three issues that lead to hair thinning and hair loss. To find out more please check out our website.
Our Healthy Hair Mask - Repairs and protects your hair follicles to ensure you hair is strong, voluminous and nourished.
Our Hair Growth Elixir - Stimulates new hair growth keeping your hair in the growing stage (and increasing new hair growth by up to 27%)
Our Purifying Scalp Scrub - Keeps your scalp pH balanced and ensures your scalp and hair roots have a healthy growth environment.