Does menopause affect hair texture?

Written by Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist: Gabriella Sanchez - January 08, 2023

Does Menopause Affect Hair Texture?
Hair texture is one of the many physical and emotional changes that women experience during menopause. This question is an important one and the answer varies greatly depending on individual circumstances. Here’s a breakdown of how menopause can affect hair texture, as well as tips for finding relief and restoring hair health.

When women enter perimenopause, hormonal fluctuations occur which can cause changes in the scalp, including thinning hair due to lower levels of estrogen. These hormones have a profound effect on the growth cycle of follicles, as well as their health, resulting in thinner strands or patches of baldness. As natural testosterone levels also drop during menopause, hairs can become brittle, break off easily and then cause further thinning.

There are several ways to help relieve these symptoms:

  • Manage stress: Stress has been known to contribute to hormone imbalances that can worsen the effects of menopause on hair texture. Finding healthy ways to manage stress such as yoga or meditation can help reduce any negative effects associated with menopause.
  • Increase circulation: Scalp massage stimulates circulation which can help with improved follicle health and strength in your locks. Use essential oils like lavender oil to promote relaxation while you massage your scalp daily for best results.
  • Eat healthy fats: Omega fatty acids are essential for healthy skin and hair growth; incorporating them into your diet by eating avocados, almonds, flaxseed oil and other omega 3-rich foods will help nourish your locks from within.
  • Supplementation: Adding supplements such as biotin may also be beneficial; increasing B vitamins can improve cell metabolism which helps strengthen hair follicles. There are also specialized treatments that target male pattern baldness such as BHRT Pro Center which specialize in restoring hormone balance through nutrition counseling and supplementation therapy based on individualized needs.

No matter what stage of life you’re in--menopausal or not--it’s always important to make sure you’re following a healthy lifestyle so that you can look and feel your best! Eating right, exercising regularly and managing stress could boost overall wellness and help keep those pesky symptom under control so that you can enjoy all parts of life without worry!

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