Thinning hair during menopause – give your hair some TLC
Author: Stephanie Moore, AIT
If you are finding your hair is thinning or becoming extra dry as you go through menopause, there are things you can consider. In this article, trichologist, Stephanie Moore, AIT explains how to make your hair feel thicker.
Due to the reduction in the diameter of the hair shaft, the hair becomes less tolerant of heat styling and hairdressing chemicals that you have perhaps been using for years, leading to weathering of the outer cuticle and the cortex inside drying out. Natural ageing causes the sebaceous glands that produce sebum to reduce in size, meaning less natural moisture for your hair and skin. Combined, this can cause an increase in frizz and dryness, a loss of shine, more tangling and lack of manageability.
So the tip here is to give your hair a little more TLC:
• Choose gentler, lower strength chemicals with lower alkali and peroxide contents.
• Have regular trims – little and often keeps your hair at its best!
• Invest in good quality cleansing and conditioning products with moisturising properties (volumising shampoos can actually dry your hair out even more)
• Always use heat protectors prior to applying heat – I particularly like heat activated creams that also smooth down flyaway hairs at the same time as adding protection.
• Steer clear of silicone based serums as these can act as a barrier around the hair upsetting its internal balance of moisture.
• Styling products like mousses and volumising sprays won’t change the physical density/diameter of the hair, they will coat the hair with an added layer to make it temporarily feel plumper and provide more control until the next time you wash it.
How can I cover up my thinning hair?
Cosmetic camouflage, such as coloured hair powders or coloured scalp creams can disguise as visible scalp; they work by clinging onto the hair by electrostatic attraction and are removed by shampooing. Clever hairdressing techniques to keep your hair colour lighter can reduce the contrast between the scalp and the hair can also improve the appearance of hair loss.
To go a step further, hairpieces known as ‘toppers’ are removable and can be a viable option- they just cover the area to the top of the head as the name suggests (rather than a full wig) and are colour matched and blended in with your own hair.
Stephanie Moore, AIT is a qualified Trichologist and be contacted for a consultation via her website at: www.surreytrichologyclinic.co.uk