What The Heck Is Happening To My Hair? Hair And Perimenopause

At the age of 46 I am at the beginning stages of my perimenopause experience.

It actually started in the last few months of my 45th year but who’s counting? The problem I have with perimenopause is that everyone seems to experience it differently. I have spoken with my doctor, researched online, and talked to friends and everyone has some similar experiences but yet at the same time, everyone also seems to have their own personal oddity perimenopause experience as well.

For me, my odd experience is oily hair! Interestingly the last time I had oily hair was between the ages of 11 to 13, which makes perfect sense as my hormones were changing then too!

It is not like I am the only person in the world who has experienced this during menopause or perimenopause, however dry hair is more of the norm.

I realize this should be the least of my concerns when you consider all of the other complications and symptoms of “the change”, and the only reason I probably feel like complaining at all is that other than abnormal, and inconsistent menstrual cycles, and some very minor hot flashes, oily hair seems to be my only agitating symptom.

You may be thinking “wow shut up already, geesh you big baby!” Trust me I have other medical and physical issues to deal with, I am not ready for the onslaught of full-fledged menopause.

So why is this so frustrating?

One reason is that I used to be able to go 3 days without washing my hair, I could go 5 days but I like my hair to smell pretty.

Yes, I showered, I just didn’t always wash my hair.

It is good to keep some natural oils and sheen. Regardless, these days, I can wash it in the morning and through half of the day, my it is greasy, clumping, and separating into sections! I am really thankful I work from home!

What The Heck Is Happening To My Hair? Hair And Perimenopause
You can see how oily it is is at the ends – it almost looks wet, but I promise you it is not, I was actually just getting into the shower when I was inspired by this mess to write this article!

Not exactly the beachy look is it?

So I am curious, are you pre-menopausal or menopausal?

If so what experiences have you had this far other than “the norm”.
Please share in the comments anything you would like to, but I am particularly interested in if you have noticed any strange changes. Changes that your doctor, or researching online has made you feel maybe is not the norm.
I have always suffered from dry skin. I hope maybe menopause could help straighten that out in its process!
Thanks for reading my vent/rant please feel free to share yours in comments below.

Update March 2017

I am updating because a lot of readers are coming to this article. This problem appears to be very common. In my experience, it does end! My hair is now back to being normal. This whole irritating situation lasted about six months for me.

So ladies, rest assured, it is not a forever thing. Not from my experience anyway. I hope you too find yourselves back to having nice hair soon too!



  1. jocro
    March 6, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    i am 47 and am menopausal. i am having this icky greasy hair problem. i hate the way it makes me feel about myself i feel so gross n ugly. ugh

    • March 6, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      Awee I do not like that you feel this way. I am sorry but you are not gross or ugly! It also does pass and your hair will return to normal. For me this stage lasted about 3 months or so. I also changed my hair products often and that did help. Also strangely I found getting more sunlight helped too!

  2. March 21, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    I have the same as you had. It’s craz! I’ve had normal hair all my life and didn’t have to wash it but twice a week. I was thinking it was a change of color but it separates now. It makes me feel aweful. Getting hair cut and highlighted this mainly to feel better about myself. What the heck! I’m hoping it goes away like your experience. I’ll try to change up my hair products. Thanks.

    • March 21, 2017 / 11:21 pm

      I hope that changing hair products helps Christina. Sometimes during this frustrating stage it is about finding the RIGHT hair product for you. What type of hair do you have? Mine is very fine and thin by nature. Maybe I can help steer you in the right direction. Happy to help!

  3. Becky
    April 18, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I am 47, and have fine, thin hair. My hair has always been somewhat oily, but on the next day… Now, I wash my hair in the morning, and only a couple of hairs later, the underneath layer in the back is nasty! The top and crown are just fine… any suggestions? I’ve tried tea tree shampoo, clarifying shampoo, etc.

    • April 18, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      Becky I am sorry you are dealing with this! For one thing do you have long or short hair? I know – odd question but it may make a difference.

  4. Samantha
    May 24, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I just started experiencing this in February after getting my hair cut and colored. I went from being able to wash my hair every three days to needing to every day. My hair is fine and thin. Length is just to my shoulders. I’m 48 and perimenopausal. I think besides the irregular cycle that the oily hair is my most frustrating because I can’t find a shampoo/conditioner to use. If I don’t use conditioner my hair looks like oily straw.

    • May 24, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      Samantha while no one product works for everyone I really liked OGX Keratin Oil Shampoo in the purple bottles – you can get them at Walmart of online. I know it sounds crazy since OIL is in the name and OILY hair is what we have but for some reason it worked wonders for me. Who knows though we are all so different. It is so frustrating for sure and yes the irregular cycles UGGGG. I just want to be DONE with the whole cycle thing lol.
      Sorry you are dealing with this issue. It won’t last forever though.

  5. Cathy
    July 4, 2017 / 2:01 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this! There is so little good information online about peri-menopause. I’ve talked to my doctor about my symptoms and she’s just “oh well, that’s a bummer” without giving me any good resources to deal with it (yeah, I know, find a new doctor, these days it’s not that easy – she’s great otherwise).

    I’m so happy to read about other women’s experiences with this. FBF, keep up the good work!

    • July 4, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Cathy I am so glad this was of help for you! Seriously I know there simply is NOT enough out there on Perimenopause! Oh and I totally agree about finding a new doctor being so hard! I am in the process of doing this myself and it’s a real pain – no pun intended! My doctor used to be amazing but I think he is either burnt out or lost his mojo! I am so glad you found FBF – I hope you find other articles that interest you.

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