Hair and Nail Changes

As we age, changes in hair texture are inevitably going to occur. Hair will thin and become a bit duller, hair growth cycles slow down, and some of your follicles may stop growing new hairs in general. Overall, hair density can decrease and hair may become more coarse and thin. The hair being grown is less robust and shiny, because of lack of sebum production, etc. Hair loss and changes in hair color (graying) may also occur. This is due to hair losing melanin pigmentation, which reduces the color in your hair. 

Perimenopause, a natural process of aging, can also bring upon changes to your hair’s texture. It can thin out, become dry, and fall out more than usual. This, once again, is also due to declining estrogen levels. The hormone estrogen is vital in supporting the hair growth cycle, therefore, a decline in estrogen would result in slower growth and quicker rates of shedding than the scalp can keep up with. Androgen levels also rise simultaneously, which stops hair growth, meaning that follicles start to shrink, which results in hair loss. 
In order to combat this, it is important to keep potential stressors away from your hair. This can be harsh hair treatments life bleaching, coloring, and perms. It is also recommended to stay away from tight hairstyles, like braids and adding hair extensions, which can irritate hair roots. It is also advised to incorporate hair shampoos and treatments that contain natural ingredients that support hair growth and scalp/root health. It is vital to also avoid harsh chemicals, such as sulfates and silicones in shampoos, conditioners, etc., as well. You can also incorporate supplements into your diet, like biotin. Including nutrient-rich foods, like leafy greens can also help to support and stimulate hair growth and health.

-Written by Kaila An MPH


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Avoid harsh hair treatments like bleaching, and permanent hairstyles. 


Use conditioners and hydration hair treatments. 

If you're unsure that you're going through perimenopause, we recommend reaching out to you health care provider for further testing. Your doctor may suggest blood tests to check if you're in transition to menopause (aka perimenopause). 

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During perimenopause, levels of estrogen begin to drop gradually causing hair texture, growth and strength to diminish. To help improve the texture of your hair, including breakage - consider taking collagen supplements and changing your diet to include more protein in order for your body to produce the hormones it needs. 

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