HAIR GROWTH AND HAIR LOSS
Menopause can bring unexpected changes to hair texture & manageability alongside increased hair loss, but it's not something many of us know much about. Any new hair growth may be wispy and fine, coarse and wiry, or stubbornly growing in the opposite direction. Individual strands become thinner, increasing the impression of hair loss. It’s not surprising that women can find this a psychologically challenging symptom, that affects self-confidence.
“Never going to give you up”.... sums up how we feel about our crowning glories!
Menopausal hormone imbalance can disrupt your hair’s growth cycle. The growing phase (Anagen) lasts between two to six years, before each hair enters a three-month resting phase (Telegen), when it detaches from the follicle and falls out.
You've approximately 100,000 follicles on your head. In perimenopause, you’ll lose between fifty to one hundred hairs a day. Hitting menopause, approximately 15% of your hair is in the resting phase, meaning heavy hair loss. New hair coming through may be grey as levels of melanin, the hormone responsible for colour, drop.
This is not necessarily exclusive to the hair on heads, it's the same for all body hair! Fluctuating hormones mean that you may find you develop hairs in unawanted places and that your pubic hair becomes more threadbare and patchy.
And the good news is….
Hair loss is treatable, and in most cases, should be reversed once hormones have settled down, and you’re through the menopause. Take the chance to give yourself a new look to boost your self-esteem.
The best ways to help deal with menopause hair loss
Managing hair loss caused by menopause takes time and patience as hair goes through its growth cycle. Give any intervention time to work. Nourishing your body with healthy foods, and using the right products, should make a difference. Act as soon as you notice thinning to help prevent further loss and improve growth.