That’s why we spoke to the experts at Josh Wood Colour and Faace to give you some easy at home hacks to help give hair and skin some support to get things fired up again.
Hair looking lacklustre?
Josh Wood Colour’s Varderer Stylist Samuel Ashcroft says, “One common change that many women experience during menopause is thinning hair. As levels of the hormone oestrogen decline, the hair growth cycle is affected, resulting in weaker and thinner strands”.
If you’re looking to create the appearance of fuller hair, Samuel recommends the Josh Wood Colour Root Smudge for adding some depth to sparse and thinning areas. “It can help create a fuller, thicker hairline, whilst also covering greys”. Applying the root smudge is easy, and you can cover your greys in just a few steps:
- Part your hair where coverage is needed, you can use Section Clips to hold your hair in place and make application just that bit easier.
- Apply the product to the brush, tapping off any excess to prevent product fall down.
- Hold down the hair to ensure a smooth base and simply work the product into the hair using the provided brush for precision. In just seconds your roots will be completely covered.
Samuel also recommends the “Josh Wood Colour Fine and Fragile Shampoo and Conditioner to provide an extra boost of volume, while also nourishing and protecting your scalp”. To further protect your hair, Samuel and the Josh Wood Colour team of experts also recommend following a few hair wash tips:
- Avoid washing your hair too often.
- Double shampoo your hair (when you do to avoid build-up of product that can leave hair flat).
- Choose sulphate free shampoo.
- Use a hair mask once a week and comb through as an extra treatment.
- Rinse your hair thoroughly and finish with cold water to seal the cuticle.
Dry hair and skin getting you down?
Dr Sonia, The GP Derm says, “As there is a relationship between collagen production, skin thickness, and lack of oestrogen, the skin is much thinner in menopause. Skin cell renewal also slows down leading to dull and rough skin. The skin gets even dryer, showing more pronounced lines and wrinkles.
Skin can be very unpredictable and sensitised during the perimenopause phase due to the changing levels of oestrogen. I would advise introducing vitamin A/retinoid to normalise and regulate the healthy functioning of the skin cells, as well as hyaluronic acid/glycerin/shea butter. The skin can get much drier and more sensitive/rosacea prone when you reach menopause so steer clear of abrasive treatments and deep scrubs if this is you.”
Dr Sonia’s key ingredients to look out for include:
- Glycerin and Hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) – both hold moisture (present in the Faace Menopause Faace Mask), ceramides (help with skin barrier). https://www.wearefaace.com/product/menopause-faace/
- Sunscreen – for sunspots/pigmentation/sun protection to help preserve collagen.
- Tyrosinase inhibitors for pigmentation– for example, kojic acid (in the Faace Menopause Faace Mask).
- Vitamin A/retinol –for improved skin quality, to counteract sebum/acne prone skin and help with dullness/fine lines.
- Antioxidants: like Vitamin C (found within the Faace Tired Faace Mask). https://www.wearefaace.com/product/tired-faace-hydrating-mask/
Samuel adds that for your hair too, “With the decrease in oestrogen levels, hair often becomes fragile and dry. This change in texture can make hair feel lifeless and dull.” To replenish moisture and shine, Samuel recommends incorporating the deeply conditioning Josh Wood Colour Miracle Mask into your hair care routine at least once a week.
Samuel says, “Always apply your mask to wet hair and leave on for a minimum of five minutes (the longer the better), then simply wash off and style as usual. To enhance your mask application, why not try the Gloss alongside our Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner for the ultimate hair care treat”.
“Also consider using one of our semi-permanent Hair Gloss treatments which will help tone and revitalise your hair. As the Josh Wood Colour Gloss Range is packed with Shea Butter and Perilla Oil not only is it ideal for boosting your colour but it will really help to provide your hair with moisture and mirror like shine.”
Consider how you are colouring your hair
Samuel explains, “If you’re someone who enjoys colouring your hair at home or regularly visits the salon, it is important to be mindful of the products and treatments you use. Harsh treatments like bleach, relaxers or perms can further damage and weaken already fragile hair without expert help”.
For those who like to colour their hair at home Samuel recommends “the award-winning Josh Wood Colour Miracle System, which is rich in Vitamins B3 and B5 plus Omega 3 & 6 to condition whilst you colour. This will not only provide a salon finish at home but provide your hair with the much-needed moisture and care it craves.”
If you are unsure of the perfect colour for you, Samuel recommends looking at the roots of your hair. “Check right at the base of your parting, at the top of your head and along the hairline in your root regrowth. Even if you’re grey – you’ll still see pieces of hair that are your natural pigmented hair in this area and this is the colour we want to match to, says Samuel. If you are still unsure, please book in for a consultation with our expert colourists.”
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