Menopause and female hair loss
Hair loss in women before menopause (peri-menopause), during menopause and after menopause, is to be expected due to the lowering of estrogen and progesterone levels, and will be clearly visible in 80 percent of all women by the age of sixty.
There are many causes of hair loss in women but one of the most obvious is menopause. As women age, hair thins out and understandably the gradual appearance of a visible scalp can cause embarrassment.
Who knew this is what we had in store for us as we age?
We are not alone. Eighty percent of women have noticeably thinner hair by the time they are 60 years of age.
However female hair loss is not due to one factor as has been widely believed. Women’s magazines and poorly researched articles and blogs as well as scandalous so-called growth shampoo marketers, claim that hair loss is caused by one specific factor. Although they vary in their postulations as to the cause, they mostly suggest that there is one single way to fix it.
According to a recent review published in the International Journal of Women's Dermatology, (G. Fabbrocini, 2018) hair loss in women is polygenic (can be influenced by more than one gene) and multifactorial (dependent on a number of factors) with the additional influence of environmental factors.
So what does this mean for a woman who is noticing hair thinning associated with the timing of menopause?
In my decade of research around female hair loss, I have concluded that female hair loss is caused by a trigger associated with other contributing factor(s).
This is really a breakthrough for those of us with hair loss in our 50's and beyond. Because it means that potentially we can get some hair density back. I know I have. We don’t have to believe that our hair can no longer look great, just because we’ve come to a certain age.
I have expounded on this in an article here where I have listed out many of the most common causes and fully explained the trigger and contributing factor theory associated with female hair loss.
The menopause connection to hair loss
Hormonal changes and aging change the density of a woman's hair. Menopause brings about a lowering of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are associated with hair growth and the maintenance of a healthy hair growth cycle.
Once a woman’s estrogen and progesterone levels drop, hair growth begins to slow and more hair enters the resting period and falls. This results in an overall thinning of the hair. In addition, a decrease in these hormones can trigger an increase in the production of a group of male hormones known as androgens.
It is widely believed that these androgens are responsible for female hair loss because it is known to cause hair loss in men. However I have read a few studies that refute this idea or at the very least question the role of androgens in female hair loss. According to (Herskovitz I., 2013) female hair loss may develop in the absence of androgens.
This supports my view that for hair loss to be present in a woman, there must be a trigger combined with contributing factor(s).
You may already be aware of the effect of male hormones if you are seeing hair growth on the face. This can be in the form of a light fuzz on the sides of the face and/or hair growth on the chin.
There is much that can be done to bring back some hair density no matter what age you are. Whether you are recently post menopause or 20-30 years past it.
Read fully this article on the causes and start by working out what may be your trigger and what could be your contributing factors. Then start to work on these over time.
It does take a long time for hair to recover. Mine took eighteen months. But the good news is, while you are working on your hair recovery, you can at least eradicate two major problems with a hair loss concealer like Boost N Blend:
- Hair loss embarrassment
- Hair loss caused by the stress caused by hair loss – yes this is known cause, covered in this study
By using a hair loss concealer, you can leave the house with confidence, knowing that absolutely no one is aware of your issue.
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The big kicker however is hair loss stress causing hair loss. You can read the full story here of one woman’s amazing recovery once she realised that stress was a contributing factor for her.
The stress of hair loss grips us all. If you use a concealer, then the stress is massively reduced because one of the major causes of this hair loss stress, is the visibility of it, our scalp showing, and knowing that others can see it.
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Here at Boost N Blend™ we talk to ladies with thinning hair every day and so we know how you feel if you are gradually losing the hair of your younger days. We all expect to get wrinkles and, although we would rather we didn't, at least when they start to appear it isn't a shock. But when our hair starts to thin out as we age, it is an enormous shock.
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About the Author:
Bambi Staveley is a nurse (RN), author of two books on female hair loss and herself a female hair loss sufferer. Following her own hair loss journey which began in 2008, Bambi dedicated her life to female hair loss research and to finding some way to solve the mystery and at the very least, cover up the problem so it was her own secret. Naturally, once she was able to both cover up her hair loss and eventually, grow her hair back, she was driven to share that information with female hair loss sufferers the world over.
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before & after
It’s normal to shed up to 100 hairs a day. However, if you notice your hair is no longer as thick as it used to be, or it’s coming out in clumps after brushing, this can be cause for concern.
You may also notice patchy areas of your scalp where there hadn’t been any before. There are all kinds of reasons for hair loss in women, but not to worry – with our natural hair loss concealers, Boost N Blend® can instantly mask the appearance of thinning hair.
Pregnancy is one of the biggest causes of female hair loss, as your body will experience all kinds of hormone changes in this time. During pregnancy, you’ll have higher levels of oestrogen, meaning you’ll have thick, luscious hair. Once you’ve given birth, though, these oestrogen levels fall – and it’s this sudden change in hormones that can cause thinning hair after pregnancy.
Hair loss during pregnancy is incredibly common, and is nothing to be too worried about. After all, your body has just gone through a monumental change, and you’ve produced an amazing little human!
It’s natural that your body will need some time to adjust after undergoing such changes, but the good news is that once your hormone levels begin to stabilise, your hair should grow back and return to its natural state.
As with pregnancy, during menopause your body is going through all kinds of hormonal changes. From the age of forty, our oestrogen levels start to decline, which can lead to fine and thinning hair.
Around the time of menopause, you may also start to experience low thyroid hormones, side effects of medications, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – all of which can contribute to menopause hair loss. Unfortunately, unlike hair loss during pregnancy, thinning hair during menopause is much more complex and harder to grow back. That’s where our natural hair loss concealers and RootZ grey root coverage comes in handy.
Hair loss concealer is designed to mask the signs of thinning hair by providing coverage for patchy areas of your scalp, and making hair strands appear up to 10 times thicker.
Here at Boost N Blend, we’ve created a range of natural hair loss concealers which are designed to hide the signs of female hair loss. Using tiny cotton fibres which cling to your hair, Boost N Blend conceals the appearance of thinning hair by increasing the volume of hair, making each strand up to 10 times thicker.
Typically, this will only last a few months, and you’ll start to see your hair grow back within the year.
Female hair loss is quite common following pregnancy, and hard to avoid. However, by washing with our Boost & Be shampoos and conditioners, you can nurture your hair to be much thicker, stronger and healthier. Using a unique blend of essential oils, Boost & Be restores your hair’s natural oil balance and nurtures each strand from root to tip.
You can reduce the appearance of hair loss after pregnancy by using a Hair Loss Concealer like Boost N Blend. You should also try to eat well and look after yourself.
Your hair will start to grow back after pregnancy, however while waiting for nature to do its thing, you can help things along by using our natural Boost N Blend® hair fibres to cling to each hair shaft and conceal any visible scalp. You might also like to try our Boost & Be shampoo and conditioner, which encourages growth and better hair health.
There are many variables that can contribute to Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL), including:
Hormonal changes, including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Telogen Effluvium (TE) – a condition caused by illness, stress or lifestyle changes
Alopecia Areata (AA) – an autoimmune condition
Low iron or B12 deficiencies
Low nutrition through ketogenic or crash diets
Change of medication or contraception
During menopause, our oestrogen levels start to drop. As our oestrogen levels drop, the density of our hair starts to decline. There may also be other factors at play, such as low thyroid hormones, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammation, and medication side-effects – all common during menopause.
While adjusting to the role of motherhood (especially in those first few months), it’s likely that we’ll be sleep-deprived, skipping proper meals, and experiencing nutritional deficiencies while breastfeeding. Adjusting to such a huge lifestyle change is also quite stressful.
All of these things naturally contribute to female hair loss – but never fear! With the Boost N Blend range, you can hide the effects of this condition and regain your confidence while waiting for your hair to grow back (which it will, within the year).
Thinning hair can be caused by a number of things, such as:
Stress: We often joke about stress causing us to pull our hair out, but prolonged periods of stress can actually contribute to hair thinning.
Diet and Nutrition: Having low levels of iron and Vitamin B12 in our diets means there’ll be a deficiency of nutrients to nourish our scalp and follicles. It’s important to keep a healthy, balanced diet to maintain our overall health and wellbeing.
Hormonal Changes: From pregnancy and menopause through to polycystic ovary syndrome and taking the contraceptive pill, hormonal imbalances and changes have a huge effect on our overall health and that of our hair – with lower oestrogen levels meaning less hair growth, volume and density.
Health Conditions & Medications: Illness can lead to female hair loss, as can any underlying health conditions. You may experience Telogen Effluvium (TE) or Alopecia Areata (AA), an autoimmune condition. Medications can also interfere with our body’s natural balance.
Styling or Environmental Damage: Using straighteners, too much product, or sun damage can lead to reduced hair volume and growth.
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