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As if it's not enough that we lose hair every day... and not just a little! Seventy to a hundred, to be precise! Added to that is this troublesome hormonal hair loss three times in a woman's life.

You've probably also felt like you're losing more hair or suddenly experiencing oily roots.

That's all normal so far. Okay, my post here doesn't address the normal hair loss that affects almost every other person. Instead, it exclusively focuses on issues specific to women, and that's why I dedicate this post to hormonally induced hair loss and many other topics related to perimenopause.

What does that mean? Every woman experiences at least two to three hormonally induced hair losses in her life. The first time is during puberty, the second during pregnancy, and last but not least, during menopause – that certainly can't be overlooked.

Lately, many clients have been asking me, "Marijana, why am I experiencing increased hair loss or oily roots right now?" The answer: "If you're 40+, it's quite likely hormonally influenced, but genetics also play a role. Iron deficiency, stress, lack of sleep can contribute as well, but usually, hormones already have a significant impact."

So, how exactly does perimenopause and the hormonal fluctuations within work? The hormone levels start fluctuating; estrogen and progesterone fall out of sync. Estrogen goes on a roller coaster ride while progesterone gradually bids farewell.

I could write a lot about estrogen and progesterone, but I'm not a doctor. Therefore, I focus on the symptoms and their impact on hair quality. What I can say, though: Besides mood swings, migraines, and heavy menstrual bleeding, you might have to deal with oily roots and, indeed, hair loss.

And now, you find yourself in this phase where you're experiencing exactly these changes! How should you deal with it? First, pay close attention to your body and notice the small changes. Don't wait too long; consult a gynecologist. Your doctor will explain the options available and what might be suitable for you. It doesn't always have to be hormones right away. Some doctors start with gentler methods, and if needed, stronger remedies can still be considered. It's highly individual. I myself am currently in perimenopause, and my doctor has prescribed herbal-based tablets for me.

Especially before and during menopause, symptoms can fluctuate significantly, sometimes getting better, sometimes not so well. It's like a wave. I think the sooner you accept the condition, the easier it is to endure, which doesn't mean you have to simply accept the discomfort. Each woman should feel for herself what works best.

Now you might be wondering how to care for your hair or if you're still allowed to dye it?! Regarding care, it's crucial to analyze the current condition of your hair and scalp. After that, the stylist decides which care products are most suitable. As for coloring or balayage, it depends heavily on the hair's condition: if the lengths and ends are very thin, it's advisable not to lighten too much, but it may be possible to color only a portion.

I hope this post has given you some insights into this interesting but also challenging time. And PS: You are not alone! Feel accompanied by me because I know how you feel right now and can advise you well on hair-related concerns.


Consult with your hairstylist to assess the current condition of your hair and have a combination of shampoo and conditioner tailored for you. Often, the roots require different care than the lengths, so you may need an anti-grease shampoo for the roots and something moisturizing for the tips. If you stick to the same brand, products can be well combined.

The condition of your hair can change after a certain period, so it's advisable to observe your hair regularly.

I use Davines and Redken in my salon; both lines offer fantastic products.


I can especially recommend one thing to you: Take as many moments of rest from your daily life as possible. Stress significantly complicates this state, at least in my opinion! Well, I don't always manage to find peace immediately with small children and everyday things, but I try at least.


Do you have any questions about hair issues during menopause?

Feel free to write them in the comments.

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