The Menopause and Hair Loss 6 Tips to improve the affects.

The menopause is something all women will go through as part of the natural ageing process. The body slows down the production of oestrogen, essential to hair growth and how long the hair will grow for. So, as these hormones decline the hair will grow slower and the follicle will produce finer hair. Unfortunately, another effect of this reduced production of oestrogen is an increase in androgens, a group of male hormones that miniaturise the hair follicle preventing it from forming strong, thick hair. Androgens can also, in some cases cause a female to produce facial hair.

Hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings and raised anxiety levels are all symptoms that woman of around 45 – 55 years of age can expect to experience.

Not much fun. So what can be done to help these symptoms?

  1. Talk to your doctor. They can investigate with a blood test as to what is really going on with your hormones and perhaps prescribe some medication.
  2. Eat right. A well-balanced diet will provide the best foundation for the body to function at its optimum. The right nutrients will nourish the hair follicle.
  3. Exercise. Go for a brisk walk, join a gym, whatever you do to move more will help control any weight gain and a fit body sleep’s better, improving insomnia.
  4. Take up yoga. This can alleviate stress and some posses where the head is inverted will improve blood supply to the scalp and bring more oxygen and nutrients to the follicle.
  5. Have a course of low-level light therapy. Proven to increase blood flow to the follicle and with no side effects.
  6. Have a restyle. Ask your hairdresser for advice on what the current trends are and which styles can be adapted to give you a new youthful look that work’s with your changing hair type.

Call  Elizabeth, our resident Trichologist and former award-winning hairdresser for advice on hair during the menopause.


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