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Is it Normal for Curly Hair Types to Change During Menopause?

All your life people have admired your gorgeous curls and waves, but with age no one comments anymore. Has this happened to you? As we mature hair changes, there is no doubt about that. Hair becomes thinner, dull and can even become very brittle if not cared for correctly. Generally speaking, all hair becomes finer in texture as the diameter of each hair reduces with age but with curly hair types, things are a little different.

Understanding Why We Have Curls (And Others Don’t)

Take both your parents and grandmothers or grandfathers, most likely your hair will resemble one of them with age. Genetics play a role in your hair type, determining the shape of the hair follicle. The follicles determine if we have straight or curly hair. If you were to look at the follicle of straight hair, you would find it is perfectly round. The follicle of curly hair is an oval shape. The flatter the oval is, the curlier the hair will be. Think of wrapping a present with a round string versus a flat ribbon. The flat ribbon is better suited to being shaped into a curl, while the round string likely won’t be as malleable

Can Hair Change From Straight to Curly?

Hormonal changes like puberty, pregnancy and menopause can cause drastic changes in the curl pattern. When your body goes through a major hormonal change one of the side effects is a change in the shape of the hair follicle, thus changing your curl pattern. Some of you will remember this from the time of puberty.

Maybe you were born with straight hair until puberty or vice versa! This was certainly the case for me. A memory from that experience: my roots were curly but the ends were straight. Not the best look at 13 years of age, but eventually the curl set in and the straight sections were snipped away!

When Drastic Hair Change is a Health Issue

Thyroxine and triiodothyronine are hormones produced from your thyroid gland. If you have noticed of late a drastic change in your hair texture then I suggest you have your thyroid checked. It can often be the culprit to such a dramatic change in hair texture. Changes can include thinner, brittle hair with an oily scalp or dry brittle hair with a dry scalp. Wherever brittle is involved it will disturb the curl formation drastically.

Home Care is Key for Curly Hair Types

Curls and waves have a mind of their own. If the hair is well hydrated then half the task of delivering sumptuous movement within the curl pattern is over. Invest in high-end haircare that works. The investment may be slightly more at first but the number of products in the bathroom to control curl and frizz can be reduced greatly. For more information on home care for curls read Embracing Your Curls and Waves. You will find my tried and true recipe for the best curls and waves you can ever imagine no matter the age! A little extra effort delivers a much better hair day… Always!



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