Let’s look at some tips for avoiding or limiting menopause related hair loss.

Tips for Avoiding Hair Loss During Menopause

  • De-stress. A large component of hair loss is mental stress. To keep your stress levels to a minimum, daily exercise is recommended. Yoga and meditation can also help to reduce your stress levels.
  • Eat right. A diet ripe in healthy nutrients is ideal for maintaining hair growth. Eating vegetables, fruits and whole grains are the core of a healthy diet. Stay away from overly processed foods, fatty and sugar foods too.
  • Take vitamins. Vitamins are essential for a healthy lifestyle, especially during menopause. It is important to take proper daily amounts of vitamins A and C as well as folic acid. Avoid consuming excessive vitamins, though, as this could lead to hair loss.
  • Take care of your hair. Avoid over brushing your hair, and use a wide-tooth comb rather than a brush when detangling wet hair. Keep styling to a minimum, such as hair dryers, flat irons, hot rollers and curling irons. The less you mess with your hair, the better. Avoid rubbing your hair, and avoid wearing tight hats on a regular basis. Using a soft bristle brush is ideal.
    Review your medications. Be sure to check out the side-effects on all the prescription medications you are taking because some medications cause hair loss. Discuss these side-effects with your doctor and find out if there is a suitable substitute for a medication without unsavory side effects.
  • Consider hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy is more developed and safe than ever before. There are synthetic hormones and natural hormones available from a variety of companies. Be sure to discuss these options with your doctor, do your research, and make an informed decision about hormone replacement therapy.
  • Stimulate re-growth. If you are already experiencing thinning hair, there are ways to stimulate hair re-growth. Minoxidil is an over-the-counter medication that is proven to re-grow hair. There are essential oils that can help to re-grow hair, and you can research these oils on the Internet to determine what can best help you. There are medicated shampoos and conditioners available either over-the-counter or via prescription. Be sure to do your research and talking to your dermatologist can help you make an informed choice to stimulate your hair to re-grow.
  • Keep positive. A positive attitude will help you navigate hair loss associated with menopause. It is important to remember that this stage in life is not an ending but a beginning. You’ve worked hard – now it’s time to enjoy life and celebrate you! Hair loss during menopause is not the end of the world, and it doesn’t define who you are.
Brian Johnson MD

Brian Johnson MD

Dr. Brian Johnson is a professor of dermatology. He has conducted numerous research studies about hair loss and it's effects on the human psyche. Dr. Johnson has written for Maclean's, Motherboard, the National Post, and the Huffington Post.
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