This Menopause Awareness Month, we want to shine a light on a topic that should be discussed more often – menopause hair loss & the impact that menopause can have on your hair. From hair thinning to your hair changing texture and becoming dry and brittle, women can experience some challenges and concerns with their hair during or after menopause. Menopause can lead to daily tasks such as washing or brushing your hair becoming upsetting and stressful, as around 40% of women will experience hair loss* during this time. This can be distressing, as your hair plays such an important role in self-identity and ultimately self-confidence.
Is hair loss a symptom of menopause?
Yes, hair loss is a common symptom of being menopausal or perimenopausal. Alongside hair loss you may begin to experience the following;
- Hair thinning
- Reduced growth
- Increased shedding
- A sparce hairline or a wider parting
- Limp texture
- Increasingly dry & flaky scalp
Why does hair thin during the menopause?
With declining hormone levels, hair growth can gradually slow down, resulting in thinner locks. This reduction in estrogen and progesterone levels triggers the presence of male hormones known as androgens. These hormones stimulate the shrinking of hair follicles on the scalp, contributing to hair loss and increased hair shedding. However, these are not the only symptoms you may experience, an increased level of testosterone can also affect your hair follicles – changing your hair's thickness, length, or hairline. In some cases, people develop androgenetic alopecia, more commonly referred to as 'female-pattern baldness,' around your parting line or crown of your head. During menopause, another crucial factor that contributes to hair thinning is the shortened growth phase within the hair growth cycle. Known as the anagen phase, this is when your hair is actively growing, and you are creating new hair follicles. Menopause essentially reduces the duration of the active hair growth phase, leading to your hair being temporarily thinner.
How to reverse thinning hair after menopause
According to Gen M, 94% would benefit from brands being more inclusive and catering better to menopausal women. So, at FFØR we are here to see you through your menopause hair journey. Our technical educator, Shu-Lan, who has over 15 years of experience within the hair industry, has seen firsthand the impact that menopause has had on many of her clients and has created a 4-step FFØR hair care routine to help prevent and deal with hair changes caused by menopause.
What’s important to remember is that these hormonal changes won’t last forever, and by using this hair care routine, you can help fight common menopause hair symptoms, such as hair loss and thinning, scalp irritation, and dry or brittle hair. Rediscover your hair's vitality and rebuild your confidence with our menopause approved 4 step guide.
Step 1 : Re:Gain Remedy
Stimulates the scalp for follicle regrowth
With many supplements and products on the market, it can be overwhelming to know what product to choose. Our vegan Re:Gain Remedy is a hair loss treatment that stimulates the scalp to encourage growth in weak, thinning hair. Formulated with invigorating organic peppermint and lemongrass, it is the perfect daily at-home remedy to target hair loss and achieve noticeably thicker, denser hair.
Revitalise your scalp and hair from root to tip
Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! Using a scalp scrub may seem daunting if you are experiencing hair shedding; however, it can be very beneficial. This pre-wash treatment gently detoxifies and exfoliates your scalp, removing dead skin cells, product build-up, and excess oils. It can also improve blood circulation of the scalp, which is crucial for delivering essential nutrients to hair follicles and encouraging hair growth. As your hair and scalp may be more irritable than normal, it's important to opt for a natural scrub that is free from sulphates and chemicals, such as our Purify: Scalp Cleanse.
Step 3 : Re:Vamp Shampoo
Designed to maximise volume for all hair types
During menopause, hormonal changes can lead to hair thinning or reduced hair density, so using a volumising shampoo can help combat this. Our sulphate-free Re:Vamp Shampoo will help you achieve next-level volume and fullness. Although changes in texture and hair shedding can make it overwhelming to wash your hair, you may experience your hair producing more oil, sweating, hot flashes, and hair shedding – so it is important to frequently cleanse your hair. Perfect for fine, flat, or thin hair, this range is fueled with a powerhouse of superfood ingredients to restore your hair's natural body and bounce.
Step 4 : Re:Plenish Conditioning Mask
Deeply conditions and boosts hydration
Throughout menopause or when you are perimenopausal, it is important to restore moisture that your hair may be lacking. Using an intensive treatment like our award-winning Re:Plenish Conditioning Mask is essential, as your hair can be drier and more brittle than usual. Designed to deeply moisturise and repair damaged locks, this nourishing mask provides your hair with the essential nutrients and oils it needs while leaving it looking frizz-free, soft, and smooth.
In conclusion, the journey through menopause, with its accompanying challenges such as hair loss and thinning, is a deeply personal and transformative experience. We hope that our four-step haircare routine has provided you with practical guidance and reassurance on this path. It's heartening to see that brands and society as a whole are becoming more attuned to the unique needs and concerns of people during menopause, fostering open and supportive conversations. In this spirit, we'd like to introduce you to our friends at Living M, who have expertly formulated skincare solutions to accompany you through this phase of life. As we continue to break down the barriers and dispel the myths surrounding menopause, remember that you are not alone, and you deserve to feel your best throughout this journey. With the right care and support, you can embrace this new chapter with confidence, and we're here to help you every step of the way.
If you have any questions or concerns about hair loss in the menopause or would like to talk to our education team, you can contact us by clicking here. Our friendly team is always happy to help point you in the right direction.
*Data provided by Gen M