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How to Curb Menopausal Hair Loss in Women

HealthCentral Editorial Team Mar 26th, 2012 (updated Dec 18th, 2014)
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Among the many unfavorable changes women face during menopause, hair loss is one that contributes to the growing anxiety in menopausal women. But menopausal hair loss CAN be curbed and allow you to take menopause in stride. Here are some things you should know about menopausal hair loss and what you can do to control it.

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Pay attention to your hair
Pay attention to your hair

Female hair loss can often be well combatted when targeted early. Women usually notice a thinning over the crown or widening of the part, as opposed to men who get receding hair lines or bald spots on top of the scalp.

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Eat more protein
Eat more protein

Hair is made of protein so it is essential you are getting sufficient amounts of it. Good sources of protein are egg whites, low-fat cottage cheese, lean meat, legumes, and nuts.

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Non-dietary protein sources
Non-dietary protein sources

Non-dietary protein sources such as salon keratin treatments and protein-enriched shampoos are another way to deliver protein to your hair to avoid hair loss. Next time, you’re at the salon, ask about their protein-enriched shampoo or treatment options.

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Vitamins and minerals
Vitamins and minerals

There are so many vitamins and minerals that we’re told to make sure we have enough of but which ones should we be focusing on for hair health and in particular, hair loss? Iron, zinc, biotin, vitamin A, are just a few of the nutrients needed  to keep hair healthy and strong.

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LED hair tools
LED hair tools

You also may want to consider hair tools that use LED light to increase scalp circulation, which experts believe encourages protein-rich blood reach your hair.

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Wear a hat outdoors
Wear a hat outdoors

You should also wear hat when you’re outdoors to protect your hair and scalp from the harsh sun. Consuming more vitamin E will also help keep your hair, skin, and scalp protected.

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Be gentle with your hair
Be gentle with your hair

Ease up when brushing to be sure you're not pulling out any hair. Avoid tight hairstyles or twisting, rubbing, or pulling your hair so as not to cause unnecessary stress to your hair and scalp.  

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Hormone therapy
Hormone therapy

Hair loss may come about due to hormonal abnormalities for some menopausal women. An excess of male hormones, for example could cause hair loss that looks similar to male hair loss. This can be treated by taking oral contraceptives. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your treatment options if you discover there is a hormonal imbalance.

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Avoid harsh chemical products
Avoid harsh chemical products

When experiencing hair loss as a woman, it might be tempting to do all sorts of things to try and hide the fact. But adding harsh chemical products to dye, curl, or straighten your hair might exacerbate the problem. Try switching to more natural products.

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Consider medication
Consider medication

There are medications that specifically target hair loss although most are used for male-pattern baldness. There are topical medications or pill forms, and all medication options should be thoroughly discussed with your doctor.

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Consider surgery
Consider surgery

If you feel like you’ve tried everything, yet nothing has worked, surgery might be your next best option. Hair transplants and scalp reduction are two procedures that can provide a permanent improvement to your hair. These surgeries can be expensive and painful and are associated with infection and scarring risks, so be sure to weigh all your options before you go this route.

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Own it
Own it

Sometimes, owning your condition can be very empowering. As long as there are no dangerous diseases associated with your hair loss, menopausal hair loss can serve as an excuse to wear all sorts of fun and different hair pieces. Many quality and natural-looking wigs and hair pieces are available today. If you’re concerned about menopausal hair loss, be sure to talk to your doctor about all these points.