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Old 10-03-2011, 06:30 AM   #1
 
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Default Did your hair change after menopause??

Sheesh! it seems that mine did! Before, I would have said it was kind of 2C/3A. Now I dont know what it is and nothing I do to it works consistantly! Any thoughts?
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:40 AM   #2
 
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My hair has been thinning since meno, but otherwise hasn't changed.

How has your hair changed? Have you tried getting a good haircut, using protein and/or deep conditioner and/or a sealant? Can you give us an idea of what products are you using and your styling techniques? How are the dews affecting it?

Hopefully someone can help if we have more information.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:25 AM   #3
 
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know what worked and what didnt. I know that I dont like products with castor oil, and probably not glycerin either.

I have not been deep conditioning and would not know where to start with a good product. I have done different things; mousse with gel; just gel; mousse with FOTE; I have used Aveda's smoothing prep with gel (has a "cone"); I use both sulfate free and sulfate shampoos, but the sulfate shampoos seem fairly gentle. Recently started using Devacurl conditioner, and that seemed to work great - for about 2 weeks. Now I dont know that it is any better than anything else. I am really in a quandry. I can get decent loops at the sides and back but the top! Little frizzes and I wind up with way too much product up there in an attempt to smooth and define the curl. As I said, this is more of an issue when my roots do not have color. ARRGH!!
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:36 AM   #4
 
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Default Did your hair change after menopause?

It got curlier, which is fine with me LOL! But that also might have something to do with going to a modified CG routine, plus returning to a more temperate, more moisture climate. My hair LOVES moisture in the air! My hair did not thin out at ALL - it's as plentiful as ever. I color and will be continuing to do so for some time. Greys somewhere in there don't seem to be any different texture than the rest of my hair. Hair cutters still tell me that I have enough hair on my head for 3 people.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:58 AM   #5
 
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I like Curl Junkie Curl Rehab as a deep conditioner, and I only leave it on for about 3 minutes. I just checked and it doesn't have glycerin or cones. I hope others will chime in with product recommendations.

Mousse often has alcohol in it which is drying and might be contributing to your problem.

Are you air drying or using a diffuser? The frizzies on the top are what puzzle me.

Above all I like Kinky Curly Curling Custard and their leave-in: Kinky Curly Knot Today. When everything else fails, that works. The reason I don't use it all the time is that it takes so long to dry.

Even if meno is what is causing your issues, the right products and techniques ought to solve the problem. I'm really interested - please post back and let us know how it is going for you.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:18 PM   #6
 
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I try to stay away from products I have to order, and I would have to order Curl Junkie. I tried a sample of KCCC (gel); Whole Foods gave me a sample, and it did nothing for me. I have not tried their Knot Today. I have the Giovanni leave in and it is way too heavy for my tastes, makes my hair feel waxy. ARRGH!
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:56 PM   #7
 
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I was born curly. The nurses told my mom i was stubborn being born because I was fixing my hair! Early childhood, I had long, curly black hair, from what I can see in pictures, probably 3a tending to 3b. Then, my mom cut my hair short. Short, short, short my whole life after about age 8. So it was straight, and I swear it got straighter when I reached puberty. So straight that I had a few perms (back in the 80's). I figured this was my hair. I had my daughter when I was 21, and right afterwards, even my short hair got super curly. Then it went away. I had my son (also a curly top--he's more like 3c to 4a!), but had no rebound curl boost. And so it went-straight, maybe a little wave if I let it get long. I colored the grays as they came in, hightlighted when I could afford it and that was it.

Now, at age 44 --WOW my curls have made a comeback. I just killed them with bleach and color stripper, but they're still a steady 3a to 3b underneath. When properly conditioned and protein-ized they look great!

But I have these corkscrews and coils all around that I KNOW I would have noticed if they were there before. I definitely think the absence of estrogen (or a decrease) has affected my curl pattern. Good luck figuring things out!
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:36 PM   #8
 
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My hair was pin straight my whole life. I was always jealous of my sisters naturally curly hair! Then I hit 45 and all of a sudden at the back of my head I started getting curls. Over the course of 6 months or so it all turned to 3A curls. Not nice curls of course. It took nearly 1 year to figure out what did and didn't work. Of course now I've chopped it all off and added highlights to start growing out the gray. I have no idea what to do with my hair now but let it grow.

I hope my hair doesn't go back straight after menopause. I really like having curly hair!
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:34 AM   #9
 
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I'm waiting to find this out...I'm 47, no menopause here yet (but I believe I'm in perimenopause).

My hair was wavy until I had kids...when I was in HS my mom (a hairdresser) used to give me perms at half the normal processing time so that I would have some real curls.

Once I had kids my hormones kicked in, I guess, and my hair was curly with no perms needed. (Very convenient for those baby days when I had NO time to fuss with my hair!)

Since hormones obviously affected my hair before, I'm waiting nervously to see if menopause will do the same thing. If it does, I'm hoping my hair gets curlier and not straighter ... of course!
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Old 10-06-2011, 01:20 PM   #10
 
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I'm 54 and don't even see the beginnings of perimenopause yet, so I'll have to let you know. : )
But my hair has definitely changed over the years.
Childhood - medium brown, 2b
Teens through 30's - dark brown, 3b-3c, very very thick
40's & 50's - almost black and turning gray, 3a-3b, not nearly as thick
Will have to see what happens next!
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:23 AM   #11
 
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It's interesting to me that so many people report changes in their hair over the years. For me, through almost 50 years and three pregnancies, but no menopause, my hair varies only by season and amount of humidity in the air. Yea, I'm one of those people who never even had to go up a bra size during pregnancy--I was looking forward to having boobs for once in my life, but it didn't happen.
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It's interesting to me that so many people report changes in their hair over the years. For me, through almost 50 years and three pregnancies, but no menopause, my hair varies only by season and amount of humidity in the air. Yea, I'm one of those people who never even had to go up a bra size during pregnancy--I was looking forward to having boobs for once in my life, but it didn't happen.
LOL, Verity, I am like this too! I nursed 4 and never outgrew an A cup bra. Could squirt milk across the room too.

My hair did thin some with age, notably after #2 and #4 babies but I started with a LOT so its still relatively thick.

I would like to keep the same kind of hair, mostly because I see sometimes this woman who has my hair but steely gray and it is Gorgeous. So I don't want it to change!!!
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:28 PM   #13
 
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And how many women mistakenly equate breast size (I'm an almost-B and had no trouble producing enough milk for my babies) with ability to produce milk? Such a myth!
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:17 PM   #14
 
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Hi everyone,
I am almost 49, in perimenopause, and my hair has become a medium 2a wavy in the past 4-5 months.
I thought it may have been from a perm I had 3.5 years ago, but the wave starts form neasr the scalp! I love it!!
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