Taking Control of Menopausal Hair Loss

Taking Control of Menopausal Hair Loss

Menopause includes a number of unpleasant changes in women that may cause significant anxiety.  One of these changes is menopausal hair loss.  Thankfully, there are some things that can be done to control this.  Read on for some important facts about this particular type of hair loss and what can be done to curb it:

Pay attention to what’s happening
When noticed early, female hair loss can be tackled.  Usually a widening of the part or thinning on the crown of the head will be apparent.

Think protein
Because our hair is made of protein, it’s crucial to get enough.  Dietary sources of protein include, egg whites, legumes, lean meat and nuts.  Non-dietary sources of protein may also help your hair.  Keratin treatments and shampoos enriched with protein are ways to feed your hair and avoid hair loss.

Try LED hair tools
These tools use LED light to increase circulation in the scalp which may help blood rich in protein get to your hair.

Wear outdoor protection
In order to protect your scalp and hair from sun damage, wear a hat outdoors.  Aside from wearing a hat, you might want to consider including more vitamin E in your diet, or as a supplement, to help protect your head.

Go easy on your hair
Gently brush your hair to keep from pulling it out and avoid wearing your hair back tight, twisting it up, or causing any extra stress to your hair and scalp in general.

Ask about hormone therapy
Some menopausal women experience hair loss due to abnormalities with hormones.  Hair loss that is similar to what a male would experience is possible if a female has an excess of male hormones.  Speak with your doctor about the possibility of treatment with oral contraceptives.

Do not use harsh chemicals on your hair
Though it may be tempting to use ‘strong’ hair products that will straighten, curl or color your hair, they can make the problem worse.  Choose natural, gentle beauty products.

Consider medication that targets hair loss
Many medications that are used to treat hair loss are for male-pattern baldness.  Speak with a doctor about your specific medication options.

Consider surgery as an option
If you’re incredibly concerned about hair loss and nothing else has worked, surgery may be the best option for you.  Scalp reduction and hair transplants may provide permanent hair improvement.  Make sure to discuss this and some potential side effects with a doctor.  There are problems such as scarring and infection that may occur.

Live with it the best you can
You may feel better if you decide to own your condition.  And, check out several of the many natural wigs and hairpieces that are available these days.

 

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