Menopause, Hormones and Hair!

Menopause is a transitional phase which changes your hormones and can have significant impact on our scalp and hair.

So why do some people experience hair loss during the menopause?

Here’s the science…. Predominantly due to hormonal changes, the ovaries begin to produce less hormones, as the body responds to the fluctuations in hormones different physical changes occur, one of them can be hair loss/thinning which is directly related to the decrease in oestrogen and progesterone.

 

The hair begins to grow more slowly and gets finer, the decrease in oestrogen and progesterone causes the increase of male hormones, called androgens, and theses hormones cause the hair follicles on the head to shrink, which leads to hair loss. Sadly, these hormones are also responsible for increased facial hair which is just not fair!!

So if you have experienced dry hair and scalp, less hair volume and feeling more lifeless, itchy scalp or hair thinning /loss then it could be due to hormone changes and if of a certain age it could be menopause related.

So, is there anything we can do about it?

Lifestyles changes can help hugely such as reducing stress levels, but I know this is easier said than done.  Also regular exercise can also help, which goes without saying really, it’s a key component of a healthy lifestyle …. if you’re healthy and exercising well this all helps promote healthy hair growth.  Also keeping hydrated is not only good for your general health but will help keep your skin, scalp and hair in their best condition too.

Avoiding lifestyle damage will definitely slow down hair damage.  Where possible avoid heat tools and when using them always use heat protection.  Always brush hair gently never pull and certainly when its wet it’s at its most fragile.  Protect your hair with a cap if you swim and a hat in hot or cold weather.  Finally find yourself a good hairdresser that won’t over process your hair and if possible, a natural hair colour is best.

Avoid harsh chemicals because as we know with age our hair becomes finer and more delicate that’s why it’s so important to use products that won’t harm our already compromised hair, try using products with more natural ingredients that nourish your hair from the outside in.  For example Sodium Lauryl Sulphate  (SLS)  lathers brilliantly and lots of high street shampoo companies use this as its cheap but this ingredient is known to cause scalp irritation, drying out of the hair and leaving your hair damaged and dehydrated.  Also silicones are not so good either as they just heavy weigh the hair down making it lifeless.

Avoid Parabens if you can… simply check the ingredients and if it has “paraben” on the end of it then chances are its a paraben!  They have estrogenic activity in the body and are known as xenoestrogens.  Research has linked parabens to breast cancer as they’ve been found in some tumours the strength of this research remains unclear but I think its worth avoiding them anyway.

We all like a nice smelling product but fragrance isn’t great for the hair!  Fragrance is one of the most common ingredients in modern day hair products. Often highlighted in savvy marketing campaigns, brands will tell you their shampoos and conditioners will make your hair smell like sunshine – but they could also be responsible for causing allergic reactions, or exacerbating symptoms of asthma.

How can our bars help?


Our bars are formulated to strengthen your hair with hydrolysed proteins that help repair brittle and aging hair.  In addition the are kind to your hair using the gentlest yet most effective ingredients.  Their gorgeous smells are from pure essential oils and your hair is specifically treated by organic botanicals giving your hair exactly what it needs.

 

In two of our bars we have two ingredients  that are proven to help with hair loss Rosemary essential oil found in Shampoo Bar for Colour Treated Hair. Colour Lock (doloresandrose.co.uk)

Peppermint essential found in our Shampoo Bar For Oily/ Normal Hair. Purify High (doloresandrose.co.uk)

 

Peppermint oil is amazing it  has the power to boost the “anagen growth phase” of hair by increasing the blood flow in the scalp when applied. This ensures an increased supply of oxygen and nutrients for dying and dormant hair follicles. It also is antibacterial and antifungal which helps clear up any dead skin or sebum build up lying around the scalp which can slow the growth of healthy hair.

 

As for Rosemary oil much like peppermint oil, rosemary essential oil boosts scalp health. It increases circulation and can help prevent thirsty hair follicles from being starved of their blood supply.

The oil is also believed to help prevent premature grey hair from poking through. Plus, rosemary’s anti-inflammatory properties are thought to help with an itchy scalp and even dandruff.

Read the science bit on how Rosemary oil could help you. It was tested against a well know shampoo brand that is used to treat hair loss.

 

Rosemary oil vs minoxidil 2% for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia: a randomized comparative trial – PubMed (nih.gov)