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Things Not to Do When Experiencing Hair Loss in Menopause

Things Not to Do When Experiencing Hair Loss

Men and women alike can find the experience of hair loss distressing and the prospect of losing it extremely daunting. Unfortunately however, hair loss is just one symptom of menopause that a woman can face as she begins the transition and experiences the hormone imbalances it triggers. Studies at American Hair Loss Society show that Americans spend one billion dollars a year on hair loss treatments that often make little or no difference. Fortunately however, there are other (more affordable) ways of minimizing your risk.

How to Minimize Hair Loss

If you are concerned that you are already being affected by hair loss don't panic, there are methods of limiting its effects and ensuring that the situation doesn't deteriorate. Follow these simple tips to achieve healthy hair and a happy scalp:

1

Avoid regular washes and dry appropriately

Avoid regular washes and dry appropriately.

Avoid washing your hair every day, because this can encourage hair loss. After washing try to allow your hair to dry naturally rather than using a hairdryer. However, if you must use a dryer, keep it on a low heat setting. If you towel dry your hair, then make sure not to rub too vigorously as this can also cause the hair to break.

2

Style sensibly

Any hair style that requires you to pull at your hair will have a damaging affect. A tight ponytail or the use of straightening irons can also cause the hair to break or come away from the scalp when it is pulled too hard.

3

Say “no” to chemicals

Hair colorants should be avoided.

Unfortunately, all bleaches, perms, or hair colorants should be avoided. While this could mean leaving grey hairs exposed, it's better than the alternative. This rule runs true for all hair chemicals, whether they are put in professionally, or over your bathtub. Chlorine should also be avoided, so if you are a keen swimmer, try to use a cap to cover your hair or rinse the chlorine out immediately.

4

Get a massage

Gentle head massages are highly beneficial for your hair.

Gentle head massages are hugely beneficial for your hair and for overall scalp health. This is because the procedure increases blood flow to the head follicles, which in turn increases nutrition supply to the head.

5

Swap styling products for oil

Try to cut back on the amount of hair styling products you use.

Try to cut back on the number of hair styling products you use. Mousse, hairspray, and setting lotions are generally okay, but they shouldn't be used to excess. A better idea is to massage your head with good quality oil once a week. Leave it in for about an hour and then rinse. This practice will increase the health of your hair and scalp.

Recommendation

It's important to remember that a small amount of hair loss is normal and generally inevitable. However, significant signs that you are suffering with hair loss include bald patches on the scalp, clumps of hair falling out, thinning of the hair and an itchy scalp.

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