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Dealing with Menopause Hair Changes

Mallory Junggren

Everyone has bad hair days once in a while. But if that bad hair day stretches into a bad hair month or beyond, menopause might be a contributing factor; you may also be dealing with perimenopause hair changes.

How and Why Does Menopause Change Your Hair?

Like so many other symptoms, hair changes during menopause are often related to fluctuating hormone levels. Not every woman will experience noticeable hair changes during this transitional phase, but here are some of the more common ones to look out for, including hair texture changes during menopause or hair loss.

Hear more about menopausal hair changes from Bonafide Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Alyssa Dweck, below: 

Menopause Hair Changes to Look Out For

Everyone’s experience with menopause is slightly different, including how it may impact their hair. Here we cover some of the more common hair changes women may experience during menopause and perimenopause.

Menopause and Hair Loss

One of the things you may be wondering is whether menopause actually causes hair loss. Before perimenopause, your body’s estrogen helps with hair growth, density, texture, and fullness. But as estrogen dips, hair can feel thinner, break more easily, and grow more slowly.1 With your body producing less estrogen, the effects of androgens (male hormones) are also more pronounced.2 Androgen activity shortens the growth phase of hair and lengthens the time between shedding and the start of a new growth phase – which certainly contributes to menopause hair changes. In the mirror, that translates to overall hair thinning or sometimes even bald spots. You’re not alone if you’re dealing with noticeable menopause hair loss—it’s estimated that 50% of women will experience this symptom.3

Menopause Hair Texture and Thinning Hair

You may be wondering, can menopause change hair texture? In short, yes. During menopause, hair texture changes thanks to that flurry of androgen activity.4 Not only could you see overall thinning across your scalp, but also, the hair follicle itself shrinks. The result: as new hair grows from that follicle; the hair shaft is thinner than you may be used to, which can lead to menopause hair changes that impact hair texture.

Menopause and Hair Damage

Blood flow to the hair follicles also decreases with age, cutting down on access to key nutrients, like omega-3 fatty acids (which give hair a healthy shine), vitamins A and C (which prevent breakage), protein (which promotes hair growth), and beta carotene (which encourages your scalp to produce sebum, fighting dryness).5 Without enough of these nutrients, your hair also becomes more vulnerable to everyday styling, UV exposure, free radical damage, and oxidative stress.

Here’s What You Can Do About Menopausal Hair Changes:

Menopausal hair changes can be stressful, but the good news is there’s something you can do about it. Lifestyle changes and products can help you maintain healthier hair and mitigate related symptoms, like changes to hair texture or hair loss. There are also ways that may work to reverse thinning hair after menopause.

Eat Healthy to Manage Menopausal Hair Changes

Eating a nutrient-rich diet will help you feel better head to toe—and from root to tip. If it’s difficult to get all of your vitamins in from your diet alone, consider looking into vitamins formulated to address menopause and more specifically, menopause or perimenopause hair changes.

Change Up Your Products to Address Menopause Hair Changes

You can look for hair conditioners and serums that go beyond superficial (and temporary) benefits. Specific dietary supplements can also help, such as treatments that target the scalp and hair with clinically studied ingredients like arginine silicate inositol and magnesium biotinate that have been shown to actually promote hair growth and thickness.6

Reduce Menopausal Hair Changes by Laying Off Damaging Styles

Cut down on the risk of drying out or breaking off your hair during perimenopause and menopause by reducing the amounts of blow drying, straightening, curling, and salon treatments like straightening, perming, and coloring. Try taking a break from tight ponytails too, which can cause permanent hair loss at your front hairline and throughout your crown.7

Get a New Cut

Of course, a haircut can’t make your hair grow thicker or faster (if only!)—but the right chop can transform how full and healthy your hair looks and even prevent further breakage during menopause and beyond. If you’re dealing with dry hair, a gloss or deep conditioning treatment can also upgrade your hair’s shine and moisture. Hair stylists are well-versed in hiding hair loss, so be upfront about your goals.

Coming to Terms with Menopause Hair Changes

Embracing menopause-related hair changes might not be easy. It involves self-acceptance, compassion, and adaptation. By leaning into the fact that it is a natural process, focusing on what you can control and owning those areas, you can navigate this transition with grace and confidence.




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      This was a great read.

      Sheila on

      This article was so helpful for me because I m experiences hairloss actually due to menopause.
      Thank you

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