Naturtint Expert Advice: Menopausal Hair

Given the growth in the aging population of the UK, the proportion of women going through menopause at this time is growing. But it’s only recently that the subject has been in such sharp focus, with many celebrities opening up and talking about their own experiences.

And it’s true that ‘going through the change’ affects everyone differently. Some women sail through it with hardly a symptom, yet others find it an incredibly difficult time.

But, if you are in your late 30s or older and seeing changes in your hair condition and thickness, then you can probably blame rapidly declining levels of the hormone oestrogen.

This hormone promotes hair growth, density, and fullness, so it stands to reason that during perimenopause (Perimenopause is the transitional period before menopause) and after complete menopause, many women notice their hair is thinning and has become drier and more brittle.

Kerry Capewell heads up the Customer Service team at Naturtint, one of the leading chemically light hair colourants in the UK. A hairdresser by trade, she said that there are ways to protect your hair during this transitional period.

“First of all, check your diet is rich in nutrients that promote strong and healthy hair growth. These include Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as protein.

“Avoid pulling your hair into tight ponytails or up-dos as this can pull on the roots, damaging the follicle and increasing the risk of hair loss.

“And wash your hair regularly to get rid of dead cells and excess oil, to promote hair growth but take care not to over-wash your hair, which can cause a dry scalp, leading to itchiness and flaking. It’s also a good idea to try to reduce the use of heated styling tools.”

Kerry also said that another good tip is to rinse with cool water to help increase blood flow to the scalp, which can help promote new hair growth.

You can also look for products specifically formulated for older hair, something Naturtint has focussed on with a range of new products targeting the effects of ageing.

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Naturtint Cream Colour – a new, permanent hair colour cream that covers 100% of grey whilst restoring lost vitality and shine in mature hair. Stronger and softer hair, anti-ageing colouring.

The range has been specifically formulated to care for older hair, to reveal stronger and softer hair, with anti-ageing colouring.

The colours are enriched with meadowfoam, abyssinian and argan oils for softer, stronger hair and contain no ammonia or PPD.

As we age, our bodies gradually produce less melatonin, which in time turns our natural hair colour to grey – the most familiar sign of hair ageing, but not the only sign.

We also often see the condition of our hair deteriorate too, because over time our bodies produce less keratin meaning hair becomes thinner and lacks volume.

Keratin is an important ‘building’ component of the hair so as the level of this reduces, hair can become fine, dull and weak.

Add to this, more years exposed to potential damage from UV radiation, aggressive cosmetics and hair styling, and our hair can really start to show the signs of ageing.

Naturtint Cream not only hides the greys, but it tackles these other signs of hair ageing too, using Age Control Technology to re-strengthen and rejuvenate hair.

Meadowfoam, Abyssinian and Argan oils contain a high content of linoleic acid and natural Vitamin E which are able to penetrate into the core of the hair, to revolumise, restrengthen and restore vitality.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes alba) also helps to restore the natural lipid layer on the scalp, which can also thin as we age, as our bodies produce less sebum.

The sebum coats the scalp in a natural protective layer so as this is reduced, our scalps can become more easily irritated. Naturtint Cream is designed with this in mind and respects the scalp by using ingredients like Meadowfoam Seed Oil and avoiding others like ammonia.

Available in eight shades – view the full range here.

Naturtint Strengthening Range of shampoo, mask and lotion. Each one is formulated with natural and organic plant and seed oils, especially for weak, delicate and thinning hair.

Carefully selected ingredients cleanse, strengthen and increase hair density – for thicker looking hair and lasting shine.

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