What to avoid to help with menopause and hair loss

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Cigarettes and Alcohol
Both are toxic to your skin. Most of the research has been done on the link between male baldness and smoking, but it may be reasonable to assume there could be a similar link for women.

Heat horror
Limit exposure to heat in dryers, tongues, curling wands, and straighteners as it damages weakened follicles and already brittle hair. Let’s be realistic, most of us need a little bit of heat to make hair look acceptable. Towel and air-dry as much as you can before turning on the heat.

Chemical reaction
Colours and highlights damage hair and its follicles. Hormonal imbalance causes some women to react more violently to these chemicals. It’s up to you if you can give up on colouring your hair! But it might be time to follow trend-setting models Sam Gold and Pam Lucas, who regularly feature in The Sunday Times and Guardian style sections, rocking the grey look. 

Rough stuff
Brush gently with a soft brush or a Tangle Teezer. Yanking hair into a ponytail can stress the hair follicle. The first sign of hair loss may be that thinning pony tail. Perhaps it could be time to abandon this style for the benefit of your hair?

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Laura Llewellyn