6 Tips for Reversing Hair Loss during Menopause

Long and lush manes are traditionally considered one of the main symbols of femininity. However, the arrival of menopause and the ensuing hormonal imbalance can cause split ends, hair thinning, and hair loss. This is caused by a combination of factors – from lack of estrogen to lack of sleep – and thus usually requires a combination of solutions. Now that you’re taking Macafem and working hard to restore your endocrine system to full gear, it’s time to take some simple steps to reverse hair loss. Keep reading to discover six tips to recover the healthy tresses that menopause took away.

Fun Fact:

The average person sheds between 40 and 150 strands of hair every day.

6 Tips for Reversing Hair Loss during Menopause

1. Trim it Often

Trimming up to one inch off your hair every six to eight weeks is one of the best methods to stimulate its growth. Alternatively, you can just wear it short for a season while it regains strength: a fashionable bob or pixie cut is less likely to tangle, will shed less, and won’t need any aggressive styling techniques that may cause further damage.

2. Feed it Right

In order for your hair to grow strong, you have to give your body the right fuel. There are many nutrients involved in hair growth, but the main ones are B-complex vitamins (especially B6 and B9), zinc, calcium, and biotin. Eat plenty of leafy greens, lentils, lean meats, and egg whites in order to get the necessary amounts of them. Likewise, adding extra fresh fruits to your diet will help you get extra vitamin C, which in turn will boost production of collagen and keratin – the main building blocks for your hair.

3. Protect it

Protecting your hair from environmental damage will help you prevent any further decay in your hair’s health. It is easy to skip over the damage caused by direct UV exposure, smog, or chlorine in pools, as most of the time they are not visible straight away. Cover your hair (with a scarf or hat) on windy and very sunny days, and wear a swimming cap when going to the pool.

4. Don’t Add to the Damage

The heat involved in flat irons or curlers, just like the ammonia content of many hair dyes, can weaken hair, cause it to break, and atrophy the roots. Over-brushing or using the wrong type of brush for your hair type can also add to the problem: women with thick hair should opt for a wide toothed comb, and most people should opt for a comb over a brush, as they are gentler on hair.

5. Dry Your Hair Properly

Drying your hair by vigorously rubbing it with a towel can be very harmful and lead to excessive tangling, accidental tugging, or weaken the hair root. Instead of doing this, gently squeeze wet hair with a towel to rid it of excess water, and then allow it to dry naturally by itself.

6. Breathe Deeply Every Day

A common factor for hair loss are chronically-high stress levels, as they can affect your hair’s growth cycle and push it from the growing phase into the resting phase. If you see your chores list growing longer and your “me-time” becoming scarce, then it’s time to fix it: jogging, an evening with friends, and taking a few minutes each morning to breathe deeply should help you relax and reduce stress.

Struggling with pervasive hair loss is the last thing that you need when you are also contending the other symptoms of hormonal imbalance during menopause. However, as your hormones rebalance themselves, you will see this unsightly symptom begin to reverse, slowly and naturally.

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