Loss of hair can be devastating and distressing for women, so the prospect of losing it is extremely daunting and worrying for most. Unfortunately, hair loss is just one of the symptoms that a woman may be faced with once she begins the menopausal transition and is caused by the imbalance of raging hormones.
Studies at American Hair Loss Society suggests that Americans spend one billion dollars a year on hair loss treatments, which often makes little or no difference. Luckily, we have advice that will help your minimize hair loss in menopause or prevent it from happening in the future.
How to Minimize Hair Loss
Ideally, preventing any hair loss at all during menopause is the ultimate goal; however, some women may have already started to suffer from this problem. If so, you can control its effects and take action to ensure that the situation doesn’t deteriorate. Take control before your problem takes control of you. Follow these simple tips to achieve healthy hair and a happy scalp:
Avoid regular washes and dry appropriately
Avoid washing your hair every day or even once every other day, because it encourages hair loss, but still wash it regularly enough to ensure you are keeping your scalp free of dirt. Once it has been washed, try to allow your hair to dry naturally rather than using a hairdryer.
However, if you must use a dryer, keep it on a low heat setting. If you towel dry then make sure you do not do so too vigorously, which can cause the hair to break.
Any hair style that requires you to pull at your hair or twist it unnecessarily will have a damaging affect. A tight ponytail or using straightening irons will cause the hair to either break or come away from the scalp when it is pulled too hard.
Say “no” to chemicals
Unfortunately, all bleaches, perms, or hair colorants should be avoided. This may mean that your grey hairs are exposed, but this will be better than having no hair to expose at all. This rule runs true for all hair chemicals, whether they are put in professionally at a hair salon, or over your bath at home.
This tip also means that you should try to avoid chlorine.
If you have to go swimming, then use a cap to cover your hair or rinse the chlorine out immediately.
Get a massage
This is the tip that women like the most and find easiest to take on board! Gentle head massages are highly beneficial for your hair and for the health of your scalp. They increase blood flow to the head follicles, which in turn increases nutrition supply to the head.
Either ask your partner to massage your head or do it yourself, but only ever use your fingertips, and not your nails.
Swap styling products for oil
Try to cut back on the amount of hair styling products you use. Mousse, hairspray and setting lotions are okay, but shouldn’t be used to excess, and you shouldn’t let them touch the scalp because this will block the follicles.
Instead, why not get into good practice, and massage your head with good quality oil once a week. Leave it in for about an hour and then rinse. It will increase the health of your hair and scalp.
It’s important to remember that a small amount of hair loss is normal, so hair loss treatments should only be tried if the problem worsens. Signs that you are suffering with hair loss include bald patches on the scalp, clumps of hair falling out, thinning of the hair and an itchy scalp.
These tips can help, but the major cause of hair loss during menopause is the decline in estrogen levels.
You need to increase estrogen levels in the most natural way without any side effects. Take supplements with phyto-estrogens (plant derived estrogens) like soy isoflavones, red clover isoflavones, lignans, etc. to increase estrogen levels the natural way.
The Manna Menopause support supplement contains Phyto-estrogens and Isoflavones to help address low estrogen levels.