Why is the menopause often a time of stress, hiding and withdrawal? When – instead – it should be a moment of empowerment, reflection and renewed focus.
We look at the issues faced around this time, particularly with regards to our hair….
Your hair is one of the features that represents who you are. We all know how our mood can be brought down on a ‘bad hair day’ – knocking onto how we project ourselves and often even how much enthusiasm we put into our day.
But what happens when our bodies enter a time of change, from one that we feel is vital and full of youth to someone we don’t yet recognise? And what influence does this period in our lives have on our hair?
Far from being a time of retreat, menopause should be focused on rebirth, time to discover a ‘new’ you. Thankfully, there is now far more focus – both socially and economically – on women going through this period of transition in their lives, and there is a move towards empowerment, rather than making these ladies feel ‘past it’.
Hot flushes, mood changes and night sweats are just some of the symptoms associated with menopause But how much are the changes to your hair mentioned?
The menopause can have a real impact on hair and changing hair patterns, which becomes noticeable in a woman’s mid-40s. Hair changes are another side effect of shifting hormone levels during this period in life and can often be the most obvious external impact of menopause on a woman’s body, including hair loss for some women. Our hair inevitably thins and loses its lustre, as we get older. In combination with the other effects of menopause, this can have a real impact on your confidence and self-esteem.
These changes can mean that you now work with your hair differently than you did before, often feeling like you suddenly have someone else’s hair instead of the locks you’ve known for so many decades.
Here are some tips for managing your ‘new’ hair, as well as some help on how to look after your wellbeing during this time of change:
Representing a significant change in a woman’s life, the menopause can be a great opportunity to build relationships and discover new things, as well as a new side to yourself. Try to find a good support network of women who can share their similar experiences and whom you can talk to about your own challenges.
This is another very natural stage in a woman’s life. If you are going through it, then don’t forget that it should be a time for renewal, reconnection and celebration. Have confidence in yourself, and let your hair shine even on the dullest of days.