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! 

Now 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. 

Now 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! 
What The Heck Is Happening To My Hair? Hair And Perimenopause
You can see how oily my hair is at the ends – my hair 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”. Not to undermine any of your experiences and 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 you are not the norm. 
I have always suffered from dry skin. I hope maybe menopause could help straighten that out in its process! 
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