Combating menopause. What can happen to your hair & skin

By Adele Coles 

adele coles freelance session stylist london

But first, let’s have a little look at all the sorts of things that can happen to your hair. You can find that it just starts to fall out, it can start to get a lot thinner, it can start to get brittle.
You can find that you get patches, especially around the temples is a very common area where you find that you suddenly start to lose hair.
Your hair can start to get very dry. You can end up getting dandruff and other scalp irritations. And some women find that their hair suddenly develops a life of their own and it gets very wiry and out of control.

What are the causes of hair problems?

Now, what are the main causes for hair loss or hair problems at this particular time?

Oestrogen
Well, oestrogen is a factor, and falling oestrogen can affect your hair growth cycle. So it can slow everything down. So you just think, “Oh my hair’s not growing as much as normal.” It takes much longer for everything to happen in that way. You find that sometimes you lose the hair and it doesn’t actually grow back. And sometimes your hair won’t actually grow as long as what it used to before it actually starts to fall out.

Stress
Now, another problem is stress, and we’re all stressed in one way or another. The menopause itself, as I’m always saying, puts tremendous pressure on your body without anything else happening. So if you have day-to-day stress as well as the stress of the menopause, then that can be another factor in having problems with your hair.

Diet
Diet. This is really, really so important. By the time we get to the menopause, especially if we haven’t been looking after ourselves as well as we should have been, then we are going to be really low nutritionally, and the menopause really drains us of energy, and vitamins, and minerals. And if our body is using vitamins and minerals to keep us going and to keep our energy levels up, it’s not going to have enough for our hair as well. And the body is very sensible because in nature, hair or fur and beautiful nails and markings, they’re all decoration, they’re embellishments of the body. And if our body is struggling nutritionally, then it’s going to say, “Well, you know what? Hair and nails are not that important. We don’t need it to stay alive.” And if you are getting problems with your hair and your nails as well, then it’s a good indication that something is going on inside and you’re a little bit nutritionally low in certain vitamins and minerals. Now, we’ve got the usual three for causing hair problems. That’s low iron, low thyroid, and low vitamin D. And remember just last week I was talking about how important vitamin D is during the menopause.

Liver
The other really important thing for hair growth, believe it or not, is our liver. And again, I’ve talked about how important the liver is during the menopause at helping to support us. And good liver function is very important for proper hair growth. So if our livers are stressed, that’s going to be another issue with our hair growth as well.

Dehydration
We also need to look at dehydration. Now, that’s the usual one, so especially if you’re getting hot flushes and night sweats and you’re finding that you’re hair is getting very dry and brittle, then that can be a really good indication that you’re dehydrated. So just remember to up the water.

So what can you do?

So what can you do to look after your hair at this particular point? Certainly there are a number of things that you can do for yourself. You can look at plant oestrogens, phytoestrogens. We have our fermented soya product, Menopause Support. So that’s certainly one thing that you can look at.

Improve your diet
Your diet, really important. A good, varied diet, lots and lots of different foods every day. Your hair needs vitamin A, all the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D. It needs iron, it needs magnesium. And how often, you know, do I talk about the fact that we can be very low in magnesium? So another mineral that’s really important for hair growth, and of course iron as well. And please, please, please at this time, going on a really restricted calorie-controlled diet in the menopause is going to cause problems with your hair. So if you need to keep your weight under control, then do it sensibly, but still keep that really varied diet. And maybe look out for a really good vitamin and mineral supplement as well.

Help for your liver
If you feel your liver is a bit sluggish, so again, if you’re getting a little bit of fatigue, if you’re just feeling not quite right but there’s nothing really particular wrong, that could just indicate your liver’s a little bit stressed. So you could look at things like Milk Thistle Complex, you could look at just going on a little bit of a liver-friendly diet as well. So cut out the heavy foods, the coffee, and the alcohol, and the high salted, sugar foods as well.

Love your hair
You need to be really careful about what you’re doing with your hair because when it starts to get brittle, if it starts to cause problems, then using shampoos, conditioners, gels, hairspray, even hair dyes can be a problem as well. So they can all cause further damage. And if you’re doing a lot of heat work, if you’re doing straighteners and hairdryers as well, then be really careful that you’re using them on a very low heat to stop any further dehydration as well.

You can also look at something called colloidal silica. This is very important for hair growth. And you can get colloidal silica supplements from your local health food shop. The great thing about these are that they work from the inside out. And silica is needed to strengthen your bones, it’s needed to keep your skin nice and firm, it’s needed for your nails, and it’s needed for your hair. So it’s one of these nearly all-around remedies that’s going to work on lots of different levels. It will take about three months to show benefit purely because it’s working from the inside out. The other thing to remember, as I said before, lots and lots of plain water or Lemmon water as both are really good for you during the day. Here is list of the best vitamins you can take collagen powder Bioten silica evening Primrose oil probiotic omega Flexseed 3/6/9 and really good female multivitamin the best brand to get is solgar . Menopause doesn’t have to be hard on your body and hard on your hair and skin if you follow some simple steps.

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