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 oily hair during menopause or perimenopause, however dry hair is more of the norm.
I realize oily hair is 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 oily hair so frustrating? Well for one thing 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 my hair in the morning and through half of the day my hair is greasy, clumping, and separating into sections! I am really thankful I work from home!
Not exactly the beachy look is it?
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!