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Do This - Not That: Managing Hair During Menopause

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woman changes in hair during menopauseHow can I keep my hair as healthy as possible during menopause.

Along with hot flashes, menopause brings a number of changes to your hair. It becomes thinner, drier, and maybe even a bit gray. Your old hairstyle doesn’t work, your hair products are useless, and you get frustrated every time you look in the mirror.

But before you assume it’s all menopause, talk to your doctor. Thyroid and other health issues can also cause changes and damage to your hair, so you’ll want to treat them, too.

You can win the battle between your hair and menopause if you are willing to adjust your styling regimen. Instead of fearing this change of life, talk to your stylist about finding new flattering styles and products that work for you. Then grab that conditioner and hair spray and get to work. It's not the time to give up in despair, you have options.


  • Use a gentle shampoo
  • Consider alternating with dry shampoo
  • Condition regularly
  • Apply a leave-in condition after washing your hair
  • Spitz your hair throughout the day with a leave-in hydrator
  • Use a deep conditioning treatment weekly
  • Ask your stylist about keratin products
  • Massage your scalp to promote blood flow
  • Try a mask or a glaze on your hair
  • Use hot oil treatments regularly
  • Apply anti-frizz serum
  • Avoid heat products
  • Turn down the temperature when using heat products
  • Use a heat protector when you use heat products
  • Air dry your hair whenever possible
  • For cut hair, wear layers around your face
  • Ask your stylist how to create a fuller looking hairstyle
  • Avoid tight buns or frequent ponytails
  • Consult with a dermatologist about patches of thin hair
  • Protect your hair from the sun--especially if it is gray
  • Keep combing and brushing to a minimum–especially if your hair is kinky
  • Ask about hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Ask about vitamins and minerals that are good for your hair
  • Avoid hair products with alcohol
  • Eat well
  • Exercise regularly
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
  • Manage stress


  • Don’t overuse hair products
  • Don’t over style your hair
  • Don’t blow dry your hair frequently
  • Don’t towel dry your hair
  • Don’t over wash your hair
  • Don’t back comb your hair
  • Don’t use a hairbrush–stick to a wide tooth comb if you can
  • Don’t layer the bottom of your hair–it can make it look stringy
  • Don’t repeatedly treat your hair with chemicals–bleach, dye, straighteners
  • Don’t color and perm your hair–sacrifice one, or both
  • Don’t smoke

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-20-2016 - 03:26 PM


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