One of the biggest worries for many women as they hit the menopause is the impact the hormonal changes can have. Hormones affect just about everything in a woman’s body from mental health to weight gain and hot flushes. The impact of the menopause on your hair can be significant.
It may be a life stage when you decide it’s finally time to go for a different look or colour. As our faces age, they can lose some of the plumpness of youth and appear more angular, so harsh blunt cuts may no longer work. A softer ‘lob’ – a longer bob that sits slightly beneath the jawline at the front with some subtle layers will help to frame and soften the face.
And if it’s time to re-think or change your hair colour, the key is softness. Karine Jackson, former London Hairdresser of the Year, speaking in Red magazine agrees. “Hair colour needs to look multi-tonal as you age. When you colour your hair at home, it builds up and looks dense, which is incredibly ageing. This is true of blonde, and at the other end of the spectrum, darker hair, which can look flat against the skin (think Dorian from Birds Of A Feather!). A good colourist will be able to make sure this doesn’t happen,” she says.
Changes to your hair during the menopause
As we reach the menopause it can be quite distressing to find our hair doesn’t look or feel like it once did.
If you’re worried about the impact of the menopause on your hair, one of the earliest steps in determining why you hair isn’t as full-looking as it used to be is to take a look at your diet. Dietary deficiencies in nutrients like iron or zinc can weaken the strength of your hair. And while there are iron and zinc-rich foods that you can add to your diet, you can also get those nutrients via supplements.
What the experts say
Nutritional therapist and author of ‘Be Good To Your Gut’, Eve Kalink explains why. “Losing hair during the menopause is most often due to fluctuating hormones, notably lower levels of oestrogen. Hair thinning and loss can be a major concern for women during this period. And the heightened stress of this, alongside going through the menopause itself, can exacerbate the issue. The hair growth cycle is about three months long. So after the initial hormone shift at the start of menopause stage, it can often be the case that hair loss and health of the hair can settle, but that’s where supplements may be able to bridge that gap.
In my practice I focus on supporting women with sleep and stress during this period as well as their nutrition. During peri-menopause and menopause sleep can often be affected by changes in hormones such as oestrogen that causes the infamous ‘hot sweats’ during the night.”
Advice from acclaimed stylist Adam Reed
Acclaimed stylist and Viviscal ambassador Adam Reed says: “My clients often come to me when they notice a change in their hair, especially if they are going through menopause. What I’ll often see is that their hair feels different and can often look slightly lacklustre. You can see that there is less shine and sometimes hair loss. However, if you do start to see hair fall or hair loss in the peri or menopausal periods that is 100% natural. Don’t panic because stress could mean that it takes longer to reverse the hair loss.”
Speaking on Bustle, Dr Sejal Shah, a board-certified dermatologist recommends Viviscal supplements* for her patients to nourish their hair during this difficult time. “Viviscal contains nutrients that nourish the hair follicle.”
This is supported by the team at Glamour who say “Viviscal has always been at the forefront of hair health, and these daily supplements have been formulated with Biotin and Zinc to provide the crucial building blocks hair needs to flourish.”*
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*Biotin and zinc contribute to the maintenance of normal healthy hair