Hair loss and the menopause

We’re here to help you get your mojo back if the menopause is causing havoc with your hair. From styling tips to product advice, find out how to carry on looking and feeling fabulous.

But first:

What’s happening to your hair?

“The menopause affects women in different ways, and that includes their hair. Some women experience no hair problems at all, while others will experience hair loss,” explains Sarah Gubbins. “This is because the menopause reduces your oestrogen levels and oestrogen is a hair-friendly hormone.”

She adds “You may also find your hair becomes very dry and brittle, breaking easily. This is because the new hair strands that your follicles produce become finer and finer hair is more fragile and likely to break.”

Styles for thinning hair

One keyway to disguise thinning hair is to go for a restyle. Restyle appointments allows more consultation time to be able discuss the change in density or texture you may be experiencing, and we can go through the best options for you says Sarah.

It may sound counter-intuitive, but when hair starts to get thinner, a really good cut can make a big difference. This will add volume and texture, giving the appearance of thicker hair.

Now is also the time to make the most of those naturally curly locks if you’re lucky enough to have them – curls and waves are a great disguiser of thinning hair. Tousled layers, choppy bobs or a curtain fringe are also options to dramatically change the appearance of thinning hair.

In addition, colour can make a big difference to how thick and healthy your hair looks. Ask us about subtle highlights and lowlights that add the appearance of depth and volume.

Sarah’s top tips:

We can show you how to:

  1. Use products such as Nioxin’s leave-in treatment which is designed to restore a thicker appearance to thinning or fine hair.
  2. Experiment with parting your hair in a different place, or doing away with a parting altogether, if your usual parting is starting to show more scalp than you’d like.
  3. Use a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer to add natural volume.
  4. Blow-dry upside-down to make the most of gravity to add lift and volume.
  5. Use volumising mousses or sprays to give your hair more body. Now is probably a good time to review your shampoo and conditioner too. We have a wide choice of products and will be happy to advise.
  6. Massage your scalp when washing your hair to stimulate blood flow and healthy hair growth.

Do’s and don’ts for thinning menopausal hair

These self-care tips will also help says Sarah.


  • Eat well, stay hydrated and exercise regularly – a healthy diet can help to ensure your hair gets the balanced diet it needs.  Natural food sources of magnesium are dark green vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grain and beans. Stimulating the Hair Follicles.
  • Try to keep your stress levels in check to prevent a hormonal imbalance, for example by doing yoga or breathing exercises to help you relax.
  • Protect your hair with a hat when out and about in the sun or windy weather.


  • Over-use heat tools such as straighteners as these can further weaken your hair.
  • Pull your hair back in buns, ponytails or tight braids as this may contribute to hair loss.
  • Smoke or go on crash diets – both of which your hair will hate.

When to check with your GP

Always see your GP if you are at all worried about the condition of your hair or scalp says Sarah. For example, if you have sudden hair loss or your scalp has sore patches, is very itchy, or has reddish scaly patches. If you have any doubts, get it checked out.

She adds “If you are considering taking HRT, always tell your GP if you are worried about hair thinning as this may affect which HRT they prescribe.”

Book your free consultation today

Don’t feel alone or suffer in silence. If you’d like some help with your hair book in for a complimentary confidential consultation. Our haircare experts will talk you through all the best styling and product solutions for you.

In other news

We would love to introduce our newest member to the team, Kate Bolton. Kate has had a taste of salon life over the last couple of months and we are delighted to be providing her in-salon education, in a co-ordinated approach to training designed by the new National Hairdressing Apprenticeship

Our November offer is 10% off Nioxin’s Dermabrasion Treatment which is an anti-aging scalp dermabrasion treatment to help regenerate and revitalise scalp skin through exfoliation, acting like a scalp facial. This scalp dermabrasion also helps accelerate skin surface regeneration. Each treatment includes a blowdry! We would also like to offer 25% off our Nioxin trial kits! These offers will be available for the month of November only and can be booked over the phone or online, discount will be applied upon payment in the salon

As always, we are happy to carry out a free consultation and make recommendations. Call 061337455 to book your complimentary colour consultation. And, of course, we’ll also make sure you’re safe with an allergy alert test!

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