Experiencing hair loss at any age can be upsetting. It may not be talked about as much as hot flushes and night sweats, but hair loss is extremely common during menopause and often occurs as a result of plummeting oestrogen levels and an increase in testosterone.
What’s normal hair loss?
Every person naturally loses between 50 and 100 hairs a day, which hardly seems possible but this is considered normal shedding. Any more than this and you may notice areas of baldness on your scalp, clumps of hair coming out when you wash or brush your hair, or thinning of hair around the front and sides of your scalp.
Menopause and hair loss
Although you wouldn’t necessarily think of hair loss as a being a symptom of menopause, the hormonal havoc that menopause can wreak, can have all sorts of unexpected effects on the body.
The hormones oestrogen and testosterone have the most important influence on hair growth. During menopause, levels of oestrogen decrease. This hormone is important for promoting hair growth. While oestrogen levels drop, testosterone levels increase disproportionately. This causes the hair that does grow to be thinner than before, and can also cause facial hair.
Foods to help with hair loss
Dietary and lifestyle changes can help to some extent. Protein and foods rich in iron are good for strengthening your hair. Vitamin C is also beneficial, not least for helping you to absorb iron into your bloodstream.
Stress and hair loss
Keep stress to a minimum. This will also help you sleep well at night, reducing another factor which might cause you to lose your hair. Exercise will help to reduce stress, improve sleep and circulation of blood to the scalp to help you keep your hair on.
Be kind to your hair
Use gentle shampoo when you wash your hair and try to avoid tugging and tangling it. Dying hair regularly can also cause it to become unhealthy and make it more likely to fall out.
A scalp massage can stimulate blood flow to the scalp, which may prevent further hair loss. A topical, herbal hair tonic like Hair Stabil Tonic may also help. Designed to help prevent hair loss, simply massage into your scalp and leave in.
Nutrient support for hair loss
If hair loss is as a result of hormonal changes caused by the menopause, a soy based supplement such as A.Vogel’s Menopause Support may help. It tackles all stages of the menopause, and contains soy isoflavones which naturally mimic the effect of oestrogen in the body. The inclusion of magnesium helps to support the nervous system in times of need; it also contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
You may also wish to try New Nordic's Hair Volume, a hair support supplement that provides a mix of nutrients, including rich apple extract, B vitamins, millet and organic silica, to support healthy hair growth.
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