6 things to help fix hair loss in menopause
Picking out the slimy locks that try to escape down the drain, detangling hairbrushes and freeing hair balls wrapped around hoover brushes is so depressing. How’s it possible that we’ve any hair left on our heads?
40% of women going through menopause will experience some form of hair loss. Hormones can significantly affect our hair. Lower hormone levels mean less of the hair we love. As we age, hair grows more slowly, individual strands become thinner, lustrous locks lose shine and texture, hairlines start to recede and individual hairs fall away from the head.
It’s a hair-raising issue for many of us so we’ve listed a few things you can do to minimise the damage and help keep hair looking as shiny and healthy as possible.
Massaging your scalp regularly may increase blood circulation and deliver more nutrients to your hair follicles, encouraging hair regrowth. So, sit down, rest your finger tips at the front of your scalp (where it meets your hairline), so that they overlap. Gently apply pressure in a circular motion with each finger for 1-2 seconds moving backwards and side to side. It should take 4-5 minutes, tops, to cover the whole head. Using oil occasionally will make it an even more relaxing experience and it’ll be even better if you can get someone else to do it.
Invest in a Kent SH1 scalp and massage brush (£3.30) which according to the manufacturer ‘stimulates the scalp and hair shaft, making hair feel fuller’.
Caffeine for your locks?
Hair loss is one of the few menopause symptoms where caffeine may help. Applied directly to your hair roots, rather than enjoyed as a frothy coffee, caffeine is linked to hair regrowth as a stimulant for hair follicles and roots. Use it as a powder, shampoo, conditioners or tonic. Plantur 39 products have been developed to meet the specific hair needs of women over forty and gets caffeine to the root of the issue.
Time to change your hair style?
Any changes that you make in terms of diet, lifestyle and supplements won’t improve hair overnight. Seize the opportunity to have a different hairstyle that may disguise thinning or exposed scalp. With generic female hair loss increasing, your hairdresser should be used to having conversations about the best way of working with hair loss. Short hair puts less weight on weakened roots than longer hair so maybe it’s time for the chop?
Caring for curls
Erratic hormones can play havoc with luscious curls as hair strands become less dense, resulting in unwanted taming of your curls. Oestrogen causes hair to curl freely and wildly after puberty, and wouldn’t you know it, these curls are subdued as oestrogen declines. Added to this, is a slower growth cycle, where hair falls out before it gets long enough to wave or curl. Protect your curls from cold and heat to stop hair dehydrating and becoming more brittle. Keep up moisture levels with frequent deep conditioning. You could try spritzing a sea salt texturizing spray into damp hair and scrunching it into your locks, letting it dry naturally. to achieve natural waves rather than your tight curls. For all hair colours despite the name, try John Frieda’s Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray as recommended by Marie Claire.
Plenty of products promising help with hair loss
Countless products are available for hair loss, but none deliver a magic cure.
The NHS UK website recommends using products containing Minoxidil. ‘Up to 25% of women experience hair regrowth while using it’ but it is advisable to start using it as soon as you notice hair loss. A quick online search brings up brands including Regaine For Women Foam licenced by the UK governments’ Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It’s worth noting that only products that carry this licence mark (or that of the USA’s Food and Drug Administration, FDA), can legitimately make claims about hair loss and regrowth. Using products will take time and patience before you may see an improvement.
In the meantime, cosmetic hair products may help to improve appearance, making hair appear thicker or shinier. Applying a few drops of Garnier Ultimate Blends Strength Restorer Serum on towel-dried hair may protect it from brush damage, you may find your hair sleeker with a shiny lustre, at £4.99 it’s worth a try. To make hair look thicker, try products such as Nanogen Hair Thickening Treatment, prices start at £7.99 for shampoo with a range of other products available. At Hot Flush, we’ve noticed that the range of hair thickening products is expanding quickly, being given greater shelf presence in high street chemists and supermarkets, great news for the huge number of women wanting choice in this area.
Biotin beats hair loss?
Biotin is a B vitamin that produces Keratin and may help with hair thinning. Whilst there’s a wealth of claims that it may make hair thicker and shinier, there seems to be limited research to back this up. You’re probably getting enough biotin from the food you eat but as a water-soluble vitamin, your body flushes out what it doesn’t use. If you want to increase levels, eat more: nuts, salmon, eggs, wholegrains, avocados, mushrooms and bananas. As you can get adequate amounts from your diet it would seem sensible to avoid expensive supplements as according to the NHS choices, taking more than 0.9mg per day may be harmful. Applying biotin topically may help with the appearance of hair. Try Biovea’s Thickening Shampoo Biotin B Complex .
For more detailed information on what causes menopause hair loss why not check out our Symptoms section on menopause Hair growth and hair loss we give further Hot Tips that may help alleviate hair-raising menopause hair issues!