Hair Loss at Menopause
One very distressing and emotional symptom of menopause is hair loss which can lead to low confidence. We look at the causes and offer 5 steps for you to consider.
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Can menopause cause hair loss?
Some women notice that their hair becomes thinner or patchy at menopause. For most women it's not as dramatic as male hair loss but it can be a very sensitive subject that can badly knock your confidence. The pattern in women tends of gradual thinning - maybe a more obvious scalp or a wider parting. Thinning can be seen on the top of the scalp as well as at the sides. Some women notice hair on their pillow, in the shower or it may come out in clumps while brushing.
Causes of hair loss at menopause
The usual cause for hair loss in women at midlife is due to shifting and reducing hormone levels at menopause. Falling oestrogen and progesterone levels - the biggest hormone changes at menopause - can cause some women to notice that their hair becomes weaker and thinner and grows more slowly. The other hormone shift at midlife can be a dominance of androgens especially testosterone which can cause hair follicles to shrink but can also result in the appearance of unwanted hair - espcially on the face. It's a tricky business this menopause rebalance! Another form of hairloss experienced is loss of eyebrows which is also caused by hormones but the culprit here is usually thryoid.
Hormone change is the main causes of hair loss for women at midife. Other factors can also lead to hair loss for women at certain times of life when we are under pressure. For example high stress levels, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, poor hydration and insomnia can be contributors.
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Here are 5 simple steps for you to consider
There are plenty of ways that women can conquer hair-loss - don't suffer in silence, consider taking action as follows:
1. Look at your nutrition
Consider consulting a nutritionist to see if you might be deficient in certain nutrients that are vital to hormone balance and hair health for example B Vitamins, Zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids. Consider using Viviscal, a natural supplement containing Amino-Mar which is shown to promote hair growth. Viviscal Shampoo and Conditioner can also be used to ensure hair health inside and out.
2. Reduce Stress
Find a practice that suits your needs in terms of stress relief - swimming, meditating, communing with nature, reading or listening to music. Also look at ways to avoid exposure to stressful situations - where possible stay away from people and circumstances that raise your blood pressure. There are times when you need to walk away and breathe deeply! Stress can affect your ability to absorb and use the good nutrition that you may be consuming, particularly if you're living in a stressful way over a long period of time. You may need to make some small or big lifestyle adjustments and seek help and support from other people - friends or professionals.
3. Get more sleep
Sleep helps all our bodily functions and alow the body to build, repair and restore order. Have a calming bed-time routine such as a lavender bath, avoid stress and technology before bed and try to sleep in a darkened room if possible. Healthy sleep will help to rebalance hormones and nourish the adrenal glands which are the glands that produce stres hormones like cortisol.
4. Mind your hair
Use a gentle hair brush, take advice on dyes and other chemicals, beware of hair extensions and extreme heat from straighteners or high intensity hair dryers which can weaken hair. If you're a swimmer, like myself, make sure to wet your hair under a shower with plain water before it comes in contact with chlorine - so that the water that is absorbed by your hair first is not chlorinated. Wear and cap and use gentle, natural shampoo and conditioner after swimming.
5. Seek help from an expert: Visit a Trichologist, talk to your GP
If you are suffering from hair loss consult an expert in hair loss and scalp health who will be able to provide you with support and help. Your GP will be able to assess your hormone levels especially your thyroid. Have a look at side effects of any medication that you are taking in case this could be the culprit.
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One of Ireland’s top hair stylists - Helen Kenny, will be on hand to share her insider styling secrets to combat bad hair days. Helen spent many years working in New York with some of the world’s top talent and celebrities and also on NY fashion week’s runways too.
Consultant Trichologist Carol Johnson will give advice on hair loss and hair thinning and how to deal with this. Carol is a member of the World Society of Trichologists and Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.
Wardrobe Mistress aka Maura McDonald
We will also have some instant wardrobe confidence boosters from top personal stylist Maura McDonald aka The Wardrobe Mistress.
Expect a lively, interactive session, some mini-makeovers and lots of great advice, as well as a Viviscal Hair Health goodie bag worth €70 to take home. Be sure to have lots of questions for our Experts.