Are you currently going through the menopause and noticing hair loss, thinning hair or loss of condition? Hair loss for women can be distressing, because hair is often seen as a symbol of femininity – but, if you are worried, help is available.
While most men’s hair loss can be attributed to hereditary male pattern baldness, women may experience it for a variety of reasons, including hormonal changes. If you are looking for a hair loss solution, the experts at the London Centre of Trichology can give you a diagnosis and suggest what treatments would be best for you.
Women going through the menopause tend to be affected by a low thyroid function, which can lead to hair loss. In addition, some of the medications many women take during the menopause can mean you have a problem with thinning hair.
Women can also experience female pattern hair loss as they grow older. This affects around 25% of women and is hereditary, so if your mother’s hair got thinner as she became older, you could notice the same. If you notice your hair thinning across the whole of your scalp, and also a bald patch running from front to back in a straight line, then this could be due to female pattern hair loss, but the only way to be certain is to consult a trichologist.
As you go through the menopause and beyond, your hair will experience a number of changes. The rate at which it grows will usually slow down and you may also experience an increase in its dryness, as well as hair turning grey.
However, there are a number of things you can do to improve condition. Shampooing regularly is important, but not too often, as this can strip away your hair’s natural oils and make it too dry, depending on what type of hair you have. Remember, as you get older, your hair can be more vulnerable, so do it as gently as possible, to avoid tugging at it or getting it tangled up. Careful and frequent use of conditioners will give your hair plenty of shine.
You could also consider a scalp massage, which, as well as looking after your hair, is also an excellent way of relieving stress, which can in itself be another cause of women’s hair loss. So try to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle by making sure you have a good night’s sleep and taking plenty of exercise.
Following a good diet can also help improve your general health, as well as that of your hair. Foods that are rich in protein and iron, such as red meats, will help to strengthen your existing locks. A regular intake of Vitamin C, found in lots of fruit, will also help you keep up the levels of iron in your bloodstream.
A flattering haircut can also make you feel better about yourself. In terms of hair styles, chin or shoulder-length cuts look good on many older women. A classic bob cut works well if you have thinning hair, while keeping a fringe can be a good way to cover up any lines on your forehead.
If you prefer a longer style, remember that your hair can thin out as you get older. This means you will need to make sure you give it enough volume. One way of achieving this is to blow-dry it while hanging your head upside down, but when using a dryer you should always put product on your hair first to protect it from the heat.
If you are looking for a hair loss solution, the London Centre of Trichology will be happy to talk to you about any issues you are experiencing and give you an expert diagnosis. Our first consultation is free, and the earlier you seek treatment the more effective it is likely to be. Click on the link to find out more or call us on 020 3638 2283.