One way skin changes after menopause is it becomes dryer.
Aging brings challenges, including aesthetic ones. You may notice your hair thinning and lacking vitality.
It’s not just wrinkles that show up as the years go by. For women, hair thinning often appears after menopause as estrogen declines. For men, it is well-known to happen in middle age. What causes this common problem that affects both genders?
Medical conditions and genetics
Medical conditions, like an underactive thyroid gland, often manifest as thinning hair, and some autoimmune conditions, like alopecia areata, cause hair to become thinner. A variety of medications and treatments for cancer can also trigger hair loss and thinning hair.
With alopecia areata, hair follicles shrink in size, making it harder for healthy hair to grow. Women with alopecia areata may also notice a widening of their part due to hair loss.
Genetics is another factor. If you have family members who had hair loss during middle age and beyond, you may be at higher risk. Androgenic alopecia is a hereditary form of hair loss and balding.
Androgenic alopecia manifests differently in males and females. Men often develop a receding hairline and a bald spot at the back of their heads. Women are less likely to experience patchy hair loss and balding but have diffuse hair loss that causes the hair to look thinner.
Lifestyle Plays a Role in Hair Thinning Too
Lifestyle factors, including nutrition and stress, also play a role in hair growth and hair thinning. It’s not uncommon to develop hair loss and hair thinning in response to extreme dieting or consuming a nutrient-poor diet. Plus, chronic stress is a trigger for hair loss. One theory is that stress causes hair to stay longer in its “resting,” phase rather than the “growing” phase.
How you treat your hair can affect thinning. If you pull your hair back into tight ponytails, it places traction on your hair and can trigger hair loss.
Hair Thinning as you Age is Treatable
1. Nutrafol for Women & Nutrafol for Men
2. Rejuvenate Thinning Hair with Minoxidil
Rejuvenate Women and Men Minoxidil Hair Growth System is a 3-step system that targets hair thinning using a multi-prong approach. The set includes an antioxidant-enhanced shampoo and conditioner to protect the hair follicles against damage from environmental elements. Ultraviolet light from the sun and pollutants in the air trigger free radical damage that harms hair follicles and contributes to hair loss and thinning.
Most importantly, the Rejuvenate Hair Regrowth System fights hair loss and thinning hair with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medication that reinvigorates the hair follicles. Minoxidil dilates scalp blood vessels, increasing oxygen and nutrient delivery to hair follicles. By widening scalp blood vessels, the hair follicles benefit from increased nutrient and oxygen delivery. The result is thicker, fuller hair. Plus, Minoxidil reduces the resting phase of hair growth, so the growing phase is prolonged, leading to more pronounced hair growth.
The combination of Nutrafol and the Rejuvenate Hair Regrowth System gives you the foundation you need for thicker, healthier hair. But be sure you’re giving your hair the tender loving care it needs to be its thickest and healthiest. In other words, treat it kindly!
3. Treat Your Thinning Hair Kindly
• Limit the use of hot appliances, as they can damage hair follicles.
• Eat a nutrient-rich diet to avoid nutritional deficiencies.
• Find ways to reduce stress, as stress contributes to hair loss and thinning.
• Limit chemical treatments. They can cause breakage that makes your hair look thinner.
• Avoid wearing your hair in a tight ponytail or bun.
• Wear a hat or cap when you’re out in the sun.
• Handle wet hair very delicately. Never brush damp hair. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb and gentle hands to remove tangles.