Natural Treatments for Menopausal Hair Loss
Hair can be the difference between a good day and a bad day, right? A bad hair day can knock our confidence, make us feel self-conscious and like we want to hide away. So what on earth do we do when we get to menopause and it starts thinning and falling? Do we just accept that every day is going to be a bad hair day? I don’t believe so and in this video (or shortened blog if you prefer) I am going to share with you the root causes of, and natural treatments for, menopausal hair loss.
Understanding Hair Loss in Menopause
Hair thinning during menopause is more than a singular issue; it’s a multifaceted problem often intertwined with hormonal shifts, stress levels, and nutrition.
In perimenopause, we see Increased oestrogen levels relative to progesterone and decreased thyroid function leading to hair loss. As we move through perimenopause we experience lower oestrogen levels and increases in testosterone. That testosterone gets converted to DHT which is the hormone that drives hair loss.
- Progesterone and Estrogen: Imbalances in these hormones can cause increased hair shedding.
- Thyroid Function: A drop in thyroid activity can lead to thinning hair, especially around the temples.
- Testosterone: Elevated levels convert to DHT, a hormone associated with hair loss.
The Impact of Stress and Nutrition on Menopausal Hair Loss
As with all perimenopause and menopause symptoms, stress and blood sugar levels are key:
- Stress: Cortisol can break down hair proteins and exacerbate hair loss.
- Blood Sugar: Insulin spikes can lead to higher androgen levels, contributing to hair thinning.
Hormones: Everything is Connected
With hormones everything is connected:
- High stress levels compromise the thyroid.
- High levels of insulin will lead to higher levels of cortisol and vice versa.
- High levels of insulin will lead to higher levels of testosterone.
- Higher levels of insulin can cause liver/gallbladder issues which results in thyroid issues
So you can see it’s all interconnected and you have to take a holistic approach when it comes to hormones and hair loss.
Natural treatments for hair loss in menopause
When it comes to hair, what I see time and time again is people focusing on the external, and that is because that is what we all see, that is what we present to the world. But the truth of the matter – our external, our hair, skin and nails, is a reflection of the internal. It’s a reflection of our internal state of health. So the focus has to be on calm adrenals, good gastrointestinal health and eating a rich wholefood diet. If you are not eating a nutrient-dense diet, the body will ration the nutrients you are eating for more important functions, like brain or heart health.
1. Stress Management
Stress management can encompass both daily self-care practices and anti-inflammatory nutrition:
- Self-Care: Prioritize daily practices that reduce stress and promote adrenal health.
- Consistent Nutrition: Balance blood sugar levels with a whole-food diet to prevent insulin-related hair loss.
2. Nutritional Needs
For strong healthy hair, we need protein and various vitamins and minerals:
- Protein: Essential for hair health, ensure you’re getting ample protein with every meal.
- Zinc: Aids in hair growth and blocks excess androgens.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Reduce inflammation and nourish the hair.
- Selenium: Supports thyroid health, which is crucial for hair growth.
- Collagen: A building block for keratin, necessary for healthy, thick hair.
- Vitamin C: Needed for collagen production and adrenal health.
- Biotin: Stimulates keratin production but opt for a B-complex for a balanced intake.
3. Supplemental Support
- Quality Multivitamins: Opt for a comprehensive formula that includes all the essential nutrients for hair health.
- Seabuckthorn Oil: Promotes hair growth and strand thickness.
- Silica: Supports connective tissue and is excellent for hair fall. I prefer to use Tissue Salts.
TOP TIP: Embracing Patience on Your Hair Journey
Restoration of hair health is a gradual process. To the body and its innate healing mechanism, having healthy internal organs is so much more important than having luscious locks. With the right nutrition and stress reduction strategies, your body will eventually prioritise hair regeneration.
If you need some support on getting started with stress management and blood sugar balance, grab a copy of my free ‘Thriving in the Menopause‘ download and take the step toward an empowered menopause journey.
Or alternatively, book a call to discuss how I can help you through the menopause journey.