Classic signs of menopause, for example hot flushes, brain fog, poor sleep and mood swings are the most frequently talked about symptoms. Yet there are other less talked about changes, including the changes to hair that can occur due to fluctuating hormones.
Touch wood I’ve been extremely lucky … so far! My hair is very fine, and very straight, not a twist or bend in sight, and I have minimal grey. But I regularly check my hairline and parting, moving my head under the light to catch a glimpse of a silver shimmer in the mirror!
When there are too many on show then it’s definitely time to visit my hairdresser for a colour to hide them.
Our hair is our crowning glory, and changes to texture, colour and volume can contribute towards the general lack of confidence that often affects women going through the menopause years.
Grey hair, thin hair, hair loss, change of texture, loss of shine … these are just some of the changes that can occur to your hair due to fluctuating hormone levels.
You may also be wondering what shape is best for you, what length, what colour?
Why does hair change during menopause?
The hormones oestrogen and testosterone have the most important influence on hair growth. During the menopause, levels of oestrogen decrease and it’s this hormone that is so important for promoting hair growth. While oestrogen levels drop, testosterone levels increase disproportionately causing the hair that does grow to be thinner than before, and can also cause facial hair.
Ask The Expert
A recent ‘Ask The Expert’ guest within the Beyond Menopause UK Facebook group was Laura Aldworth of Worth Hair, Sheffield, who shared how to manage the change to hair due to ageing and fluctuating hormones.
Here are her top tips based on the member questions asked, plus my nutritional advice to help build strong, healthy hair. Defy those hormonal changes, look and feel good!
Nutrition for Healthy Locks
There are certain foods that can help improve the quality of your hair. Protein and iron rich foods (found in red meats) are good for strengthening your hair. Vitamin C found in citrus and other fruit is also beneficial, not least for helping you to absorb iron into your bloodstream. Also vitamins D, E and essential fatty acids.
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There are two main lifestyle considerations apart from eating a healthy balanced diet; exercise and reduce stress. Not only can you expect improvements to your hair you’ll also be helping build your long term optimum health which has to be good news.
If you’d like to join in the monthly ‘Ask the Expert’ chats within the Beyond Menopause UK Facebook group, plus monthly mini challenges to help you naturally manage the menopause years, then please do follow the link below.We’ll be covering skin care, styling, exercise, emotional support and much more, and have a guest GP come and chat to answer any questions too
It’s the perfect place to join other women transitioning through this time, give and receive support. You’re never alone!
Nutritional Therapist, Menopause Health Coach, Author
Helping busy ladies naturally create harmony and health through the menopause years and beyond. Regain control, confidence, and be free to live the life they choose.
A full hysterectomy in her 30s led nutritional therapist and menopause health coach Clare on an amazing adventure exploring the many opportunities available to manage her enforced menopause and create long-term health.
Clare prefers the natural approach, and qualifying in nutritional therapy gave her the confidence to come off HRT, take back control of her life and health, and look forward to living the best third of her life free of prescription drugs. Understanding the importance of creating harmony of health of both body and mind through menopause and beyond, she’s now on a mission to inspire, educate and empower other women, too. Help them create their ‘new life’.
Click HERE to find out more about how Clare shares her years of exploring, experience and knowledge through 1:1 consultations and online programmes, and where you can download your FREE 7 Secrets to Creating Your Marvellous Menopause Body & Mind and request a FREE 30 minute consultation with Clare to discuss any personal menopause/health concerns you may have.