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Best Shampoo & Treatments for Greasy Menopausal Hair

As we age, things get a bit weird with our bodies. Everything we have taken for granted over the years starts to droop, wrinkle and fade away. For women, the big ringing bell telling us how old we are is the start of the Menopause.

There is a lot of hype and fearmongering about what happens when the Menopause comes into town and one of those issues is oily, menopausal hair. Yes, sadly it does exist, but you'll be thankful to know that there are a few ways to mitigate the greasiness caused by your hormonal outburst.

We will run through a few things proven to reduce the appearance of greasy hair, and some ways to keep your hormones in check.

Menopause & Greasy Hair

There is a clear link between the menopause and greasy hair. It happens. As we age, you may have noticed that your hair is getting greasy. This is because the sebaceous glands in your skin are secreting an oily substance called sebum, which makes your hair clump together and shine. What we call 'grease'.

This is completely normal, and sebum is actually secreted to create a protective barrier which moisturises and protects the roots and shafts of the hair. It keeps the PH levels of the scalp perfect and is part of your body's front line against infection (which may cause dryness, itchiness and flaking). Annoyingly, our body's attempt to protect us is not in the best interests of our self-image.

As you approach middle age, your hair naturally becomes thinner and absorbs less of the sebum - combine that with the added danger of your body going into a full hormonal meltdown during your menopause, which triggers even more production of natural skin oils.

 

 

Best Shampoo & Treatments For Greasy Menopausal Hair

 

Redken Amino-Mint Scalp Shampoo

This shampoo has been included in a few round-ups of the best shampoo for menopausal greasy hair on several large publications.

I thought it was a scam until I tried it myself. Although Redken have a huge selection of different products to combat all kinds of hair issues (you can find their full range here), the Amino-Mint specifically targets the scalp to help reduce the production of sebum and to leave your hair feeling fresh, light and grease free.

An added is that the shampoo smells delightful and has the lovely fresh minty sensation on your scalp which I love in the morning.

You can pick up two bottles via Prime on Amazon UK

 

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Vitamins! - Vitamin B, Zinc & Sulpher

Firstly, Vitamin B is an essential vitamin to help control the production and secretion of sebum and excess oils. You can get the vitamin from fresh fruits, fish & meats, eggs, 

Zinc is another essential supplement to help reduce greasy hair. Zinc is an antioxidant which reduces the body's inflammatory response to dirt, oil, cells and bacteria. It helps to prevent bugs from blocking pores and drying our your scalp. There are many, many good sources of Zinc, including supplements. 

Finally, Sulfer is essential for heathy hair, strength and elasticity. It can help improve the health of your hair and decrease poor skin health on your scalp, thus reducing dryness and oil production. Eat a nice portion of fish, sprouts, garlic, kale or broccoli to get yourself a natural dose of sulfer.

 

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Sulfate Free Shampoo -OGX Anti-Frizz

It may seem like a good thing to use a sulfate-based shampoo, but it is actually counter-productive.

Sulfates are basically detergents which remove all traces of oils and grime. It does remove the oils completely however, it leaves your scalp completely dry and may cause your hair follicles to over-produce sebum to overcompensate.

It may be best to choose a shampoo which does not contain sulfates and is designed to moisturise your hair, and balance the PH of your scalp.

The sulfate-free shampoo by OGX is one of the highest recommended on Amazon UK.

 

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A Home-Made Scalp Serum

For those who like to take things into their own hands and create their own home remedies, there are a few ingredients which may help reduce the greasiness caused by the menopause.

The first is Apple Cider vinegar which can encourage the PH balance of your scalp and reduce inflammation.

Jojoba oil is a very soft and silky oil which is very similar to your body's sebum. It can help to mosturise, cleanse, and heal your scalp which prevents the excess build-up of sebum

Tea tree or peppermint oils should also be high on your list. They are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, reduce inflammation and they smell delightful.

Finally - Witch Hazel is great at balancing the scalp's PH and protects your skin! All good natural stuff.

You can find everything you need to create your own menopausal greasy hair treatment online very easily. Just will take time to perfect your recipe!

 

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