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As your scalp ages, it’s not just environmental damage from sun, pollution and hard water that wreaks havoc with the condition of your hair…
… depleting hormone levels also have a lot to answer for!
Hair loss or thinning can happen at any age, but it’s particularly prevalent during the extreme hormonal changes that happen to women in their 40’s and 50’s during menopause. Whilst you might be familiar with some of the more common symptoms such as hot flushes, insomnia and anxiety, menopausal hair thinning is a very real issue…I know…lucky us right! As a hairdresser, it’s my life’s work to make sure that no one feels down because of their hair. If you have low self-esteem, or like you’re losing your sense of identity, please know that you are still the same brilliant person you always were, and hopefully I can help lift your spirits with a few tips, products and practices. There is a widely accepted correlation between a woman’s self-esteem and a bad hair day, so give some of these things a try and see what works for you.
My Top 3 Tips to Keep Hair in Great Condition – Whether You’re Menopausal or Not!
1. Wash Your Hair Every 2-3 Days…
Washing your hair regularly to keep the scalp clean is crucial as it prevents your hair follicles from getting blocked – a common cause of hair loss at any age.
2. Avoid Excessive Heated Styling…
Try to avoid excessive use of heat or styling tools whenever you can – and always sure to use a heat protector product prior to heated styling.
3. Getting Your Vitamins…
Make sure you’re getting your vitamins! A balanced diet will help keep your Biotin, Riboflavin (Vitamin B) Vitamin B12 and Folate levels up, but if you think you are lacking, seek professional advice about some additional supplements. Likewise, if you feel that your Oestrogen and Progesterone levels might be low due to menopause, consult your doctor about treatments which can help you with hair thinning – and indeed other menopausal symptoms you may be suffering from.
The best producsts to nurture your scalp
You must look after your scalp! If you have dry, brittle hair, whether it’s down to hormonal changes or not, try to create the best environment for your scalp to thrive. We wouldn’t dream of not moisturizing our faces – but who here nurtures their scalp? By exfoliating and nourishing this area, you create perfect conditions for hair growth.
My Weekly Scalp Treatment
Once or twice a week before shampooing, mix Rosemary & Argon Oil together and take time to massage into the hair and scalp to stimulate hair growth. It’s not only the nourishing benefit from the oils but the stress released through massage that helps regrowth.
I also love The Body Shop, Ginger Scalp Serum, £15. This serum helps rebalance your scalp from excess oils and sebum and soothes dryness. I find that using a couple of drops after every shampoo makes a big difference!
You could also try the Stemgro Trichology, Scalp Stimulator, £5.61. It’s a silicone brush that’s specially designed stimulate the blood flow to the scalp resulting in healthier hair growth. You can use it on wet or dry hair with no products, just massage all around the scalp.
Something else you could try is this Hairburst, Hair Derma Roller, £17.99. This roller features ultra-fine needles that strive to painlessly stimulate blood circulation to the massaged areas, encouraging hair growth. The product recommendation is for use 3 times a week for 15 mins each time, and make sure you sterilise before and after every use.
The best anti-thinning hair products
If you can use as many products as possible that cleanse the hair and keep hair follicles clear for new hair growth, you should start to see a difference. Here are some really effective shampoos, scalp scrubs and serums that might make a difference to you too.
If you haven’t already tried the Pantene, Hair Biology Menopause Shampoo for Thinning Hair, £5.99, you must. This gentle menopause shampoo for daily use, moisturises dry hair and soothes the scalp without weighing down the volume of your hair. It’s been specially developed for thinning hair with Pro-V, Vitamin B3 and White Tea.
Bondi Boost, Hair Growth Shampoo, £22.50 is on the pricey side, but a cult favourite that’s been developed to gently cleanse the scalp from follicle-clogging build-up such as dirt, dead skin, and pollutants. It defends hair from photoaging, environmental elements, oxidative stress, and DHT buildup—a key contributor to hair loss—all while supporting the appearance of thicker, fuller, healthier hair.
Massage Arkive, The Crown Scalp Scrub, £14, into the scalp weekly before shampooing. This scrub contains a blend of oils, fruit enzymes and menthol to awaken your scalp and caffeine to encourage optimal scalp health.
Add The Ordinary, Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density, £15.80 to your bedtime routine and let it work its magic whilst you sleep for thicker, stronger hair. You only need to add a couple of drops to dry clean scalp and massage in thoroughly.
The best heatless styling product
Did someone say heatless bouncy blowout? Yes please! This Revolution, Hair Curl Enhance Satin Curling Ribbon in Ivory, £6 is just so easy to use to create curls and waves without heat. So no damage and no frizz!
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