During the transition, everything changes in your body. And this also has consequences for your hair. It becomes drier, shines less and becomes thinner. Sometimes hair loss takes on even such extreme forms that it is wise to consult a doctor. Fortunately, most women can handle less drastic measures.
It is not only the head hair that suffers from the transition. Hair all over the body can change in texture and quantity during and after menopause. In some women this occurs in dark, thicker and tough body hair. This is called hirutism . Many other women notice that they have less pubic hair and armpit hair. On the head the hair is usually drier and shines less. One of the most well-known menopausal complaints is hair loss. This can start if someone is around 40 years old.
Hair loss during and after the transition has a lot to do with the changing hormone level. The female hormone estrogen is known to have a positive effect on the condition of skin and hair. And it is precisely from that hormone that the body will produce less during and after the transition; sometimes up to 80 percent. The male hormones (androgens) are also produced less, but that is usually only 10 to 30 percent. This changes the ratio between the androgens and the estrogens and the body gets out of balance.
Because of this lasting change in the proportions, and by the sensitivity of the scalp to male hormones, most women notice that their hair becomes considerably thinner. This will be very gradual for some women. Others have to deal with periods of more or less hair loss. The symptoms are different per person and have little to do with hair type, race or hair. However, hair loss is often more likely to occur with longer hair. And also in dark hairs you often see the scalp shine through the hair.
Hormonal changes are not the only reason for hair loss during the menopause. Many women experience stress during menopause . This, too, can result in thinning hair and hair loss, because stress affects the growth pattern of the hair.
Even if the blood flow is not good, the chance of hair loss is greater. Do you often have cold hands and feet in addition to hair loss? It could be that your thyroid gland is not functioning properly. Especially when the loss of hair on the head is accompanied by hair loss with the eyebrows, it is important to visit a doctor for blood tests. A reduced function of the thyroid gland, or hypothyroidism , can give numerous complaints, which can be well controlled with medication.
The blood flow can be maintained by regular scalp massages. Do you smoke? Then try to stop it . Smoking not only gives a greater chance of all sorts of serious ailments, but also helps to prevent hair loss because the blood circulation is worsened by it.
Hair and Nutrition
A healthy and varied diet can slow the hair becoming brittle – something that is normal with age. Hair consists of keratin, which in turn consists of the protein cysteine. Cysteine ??is a protein that needs sulfur and therefore you can best choose foods rich in sulfur such as broccoli, cabbage, bok choy and asparagus. Leaf vegetables such as lettuce and endive also give a positive boost to hair growth. Eat plenty of fruit , nuts and proteins from for example chicken and fish.
Different vitamins have a proven positive effect on hair growth. Think of Vitamin B6, B8 (biotin) and B12, but also the vitamins A and C are known as hair enhancers.
Hair and styling
Hair in the transition is thin and brittle, as said before. Try to take this into account when styling the hair. Use a coarse comb or soft brush and try to limit the use of hair dryer or curling iron as much as possible. Using a conditioner can help prevent hair loss during combing or brushing.