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.