Did you know that frizzy hair can be associated with menopause? Yes, if your hair has not been prone to frizziness in the past, the onset of perimenopause and menopause may bring a new look to your locks.
What it frizzy hair?
Are you having a bad hair day…every day? It may because you have frizzy hair, which is hair with a mind of its own. Frizzy hair tends to stand up or curl wherever and whenever it wants to. Although humidity and genetics can play a significant role in your having frizzy hair, damage to your hair (e.g., from excessive use of heat, dyeing, straightening, perms) and menopause can also be responsible.
How is frizzy hair associated with menopause?
During perimenopause and menopause, hormone fluctuations can cause frizzy hair for some women. As estrogen and progesterone levels change, it has an impact on hair density, texture, growth, and the ability of the scalp to keep up with production of sebum, a waxy, oily substance that coats the hair and scalp.
A study of 50 postmenopausal women found a significant reduction in the production of sebum as well as prolonged time for sebum to be replaced. When there isn’t enough of this natural oil, frizziness can occur.
Male hormones called androgens slow down hair growth, which can thin out the hair and contribute to frizziness. Hair follicles also become more sensitivity during menopause, so they produce thinner hairs.
Frizzy hair during menopause may also be attributed to lower levels of collagen. Levels of this important hair protein decline during menopause, which can result in weak, frizzy hairs that are unable to retain moisture.
How can you manage frizzy hair in menopause naturally?
You don’t have to live with frizzy hair! A few lifestyle and product changes and you should notice an improvement in your locks rather quickly.
- Moisturize. This is one of the top tips to fight the frizzies. Since your hair has less ability to keep moisture, be sure to moisturize often and with high-quality, natural conditioners. On days when you don’t shampoo, you can use a leave-in conditioner: and you can make your own conditioners!
- Check your shampoo. Your old faithful products may not make the grade any more. Look for shampoos that enhance thickness, texture, and density. Ingredients that should be on the label include saw palmetto, biotin, and caffeine.
- Protect your hair. Environmental factors such as wind, sun, humidity, and pollutants can contribute to frizziness. It may be time to invest in a few stylish hats and an umbrella. Also avoid using blow dryers, curling irons, and hair straighteners, as the heat is a cause of frizzy hair.
- Go low maintenance. Choose a hairstyle that doesn’t require a lot of attention. Buns, ponytails, or a no-fuss short cut can help keep unruly hairs in line.
- No-rub. What happens when you rub your wet hair with a towel? The friction damages the cuticle layer on your hair and contributes to the frizzies. If you have fine hair, use a microfiber towel, as it absorbs water without rubbing.
- Sleep on silk. Choose a silk pillowcase to lay your head on during the night. Normal perspiration, and the addition of night sweats, can significantly contribute to frizziness. Silk can wick away moisture from your hair and also discourages tangles while you sleep.
When to call your doctor
Generally, there is no need for medical intervention to manage frizzy hair. If, however, you experience unexplained changes in your hair, such as sudden hair loss, consult your physician.
Frizzy hair is a common side effect of perimenopause and menopause, but there are many natural ways you can keep the frizzies in line. Adopt one or more of these tips for years of happy hair days.