The menopause is a time in a woman’s life when she goes through many changes. While the hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings are well-known and often joked about, there is another symptom that is difficult for most to find humour in. Hair thinning and loss during the menopause hits many women unexpectedly and with great emotional impact.

Thinning hair is a common menopause symptom

In the past, women have been reticent when it comes to talking about their hair loss troubles during the menopause. But things are changing. UK television presenter Ruth Langsford recently shared a post on Instagram mentioning that she’d noticed the menopause had made her hair look and feel thinner. The 58-year-old, who hosts “This Morning” and “Loose Women”, posted photos from a hair salon where she was trying out hair extensions to boost her hair’s thickness. Ruth received numerous responses from fans who said that they were experiencing the same issues, proving what a common concern menopausal hair loss really is.

What causes thinning hair during the menopause?

Before, during and after the menopause, many women notice changes in their hair texture and growth. It may feel thinner and more brittle with increased shedding reducing the overall volume. Another sign is that the hair parting looks wider than it used to. These changes can generally be linked to shifts in hormone levels in the body, though general health, diet, stress levels and certain medications can also play a role.

What can I do about menopausal hair loss?

Vinci Hair Clinic specialists say that hair extensions like Ruth Langsford’s provide a temporary fix but they are not a permanent solution for thinning hair. In some cases, extensions can even damage the hair by putting excessive strain on the follicle. Fortunately, there are many other effective options available to help women with menopausal thinning to get their hair back.

Vinci Hair Clinic offer treatments that are tailored to suit each individual client’s needs with solutions ranging from medication to surgical hair transplants and non-surgical Long Hair Scalp Micro Pigmentation. In addition to getting professional treatment, many women find that making lifestyle changes reduces menopausal thinning. Following a varied, nutrient-rich diet, minimising stress and getting active can be very beneficial and may alleviate other menopausal symptoms too!

Hair Loss & the Menopause