Hair loss/hair dye advice

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Hey all,

Just a quick question regarding hair loss during menopause... mine is thinning and I'm so not happy as it's just one more added issue on top of many other menopausal probs!

I colour my hair as I went very grey at a very young age, recently over the past few years my scalp has become really sensitive to my hair dye at the salon, to the point that I need an alternative solution to try! Does anyone have this issue and know of any hair dyes that are good for sensitive scalps but also definitely cover grey? I don't mind doing it myself rather than at a salon.

Also, any tried and tested solutions to prevent more hair loss. I'm already using HRT and at the last check (last year) my thyroid was ok.

Thanks all, hope your day is good.

AJ. x

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    Try coloring hair yourself at home instead and use the color without ammonia in it.. The salon uses way too many chemicals.. Try and go as natural as you possibly can, less washing if you can get away with it, no blow drying air dry instead, and if color with no ammonia is still irritating scalp, try and put it in almost as close to scalp as you can get without actually touching it.. Good luck.. Hopefully scalp calms down when hormones do..

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    Yes! I was in the same boat. All of a sudden the dye I was using at home started to burn my scalp and I also started to get a scratchy throat (which really freaked me out). I used to do my hair myself most of the time and would go to the salon every 5 months or so and have them do it professionally. I got anxious about the home color and professional color so I looked online and found a line of color that is geared toward those with allergies to hair color. It's by Wella and the line is Innosense. My hairdresser order it for me as the salon doesn't carry it. I also stated having her foil my hair so less would actually touch my skin. Good news is it's working! The few times it gets on my skin I do not have any reaction.

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    Hello, this happened to me for the first time last year at the salon. My scalp got very hot and tingly. It felt like I had fire ants on my head. She washed it out, and I was ok. No blisters or anything. I ended up just getting Clairol (essence, I think) amonia free at the store and doing it myself a couple of times. However, I did go to the salon a few weeks ago, and aside from the smell (I wore a mask), I did ok. If you absolutely need to have the salon do it...they can order special...just tell them!

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      They said they were using a sensitive dye but it didn't make any difference ☹...

      The reaction you had sounds similar... it itches so bad but if i scratch it, its like the nerve endings of my scalp hurt... only difference is - it happens about an hour after its washed off! I always wash it again at home straight away just in case the dye is still on my scalp but doesn't help...

      Thank uou for your advice. x

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    Hi there

    I'm a hairdresser, my scalp is the same very sensitive to colour, i would advise you to have foils so colour isnt touching your scalp, i also use a shampoo on Amazon called watermans as mine is also thinning... Hope this helps x

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      Thank you, I'll defo try the shampoo and if i get no relief from the sensitive hair dye i'll go the foil route too...

      Could you tell me, does ammonia free hair dye cover all grey permanently?

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    This is why I stopped dyeing my hair. The smell was too much and my scalp felt like it was on fire. It started a few years ago, which is odd because I had been dyeing my hair for decades. It's freeing to be grey. Plus, it's on trend right now. I am never going back. In fact, I wish I had more grey. I figure if it's good enough for the head of Vogue UK (Sarah Harris), it is good enough for me.

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      I've been dyeing mine for years and years too... if all recommendations fail then I guess i'll have to give in to the grey... just not ready for it yet. I find it just another thing that's going wrong because of hormonal changes and find it upsetting. ☹

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      I always remember Joan Collins saying that the advice she would give is to never, ever go grey, and she is wonderful for 80-something. Having said that, it can be very glamorous - think of Helen Mirren! I shall try to follow my granny's example though - she dyed her own hair at home because she would never pay a hairdresser, so at over 90 she still had bright orange hair! It was only a few months before she died at 92 that she finally went snowy white. It was lovely, but not really Granny.

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      Oh your gran sounds fab! I'll keep trying... I currently pay a fortune to have my hair dyed but with the awful reaction I now have every time I worry it'll make the situ with hair thinning worse - so, I am defo going to try the ammonia free home dye route. Just gotta' decide which colour as I currently am quite blonde so I'm guessing it won't lift as well?

      I'll research it... wish me luck!!!!

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    I spoke with my GP about my hair thinning because it was really upsetting me - it had always been fine in texture but suddenly I was finding hair on my hands every time I washed it, and it looked and felt much thinner. She was unconcerned, did blood tests (which were fine) and advised me to add a zinc supplement to my diet. I researched it myself and found that Evening Primrose can help a lot, both orally and topically, so I bought 1000mg capsules and started taking 2 a day. I also snipped the top off 2 capsules and rubbed the oil well into my scalp, left it on for at least 2 hours or longer if I could, then shampooed off. I did this at least twice a week and after about 3 months there was a definite improvement. I am now post--menopausal and haven't used EP topically for a while (still taking 2 a day) but my hair is looking just a little thin right now so I think I will start again...it definitely helps. As for dye, I have a semi-permanent done every 6-8 weeks at my hairdresser and it's much more gentle than the permanent dyes. Good luck!

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      Fingers crossed that it helps you as it did for me...the effect after about 3 months was subtle but definitely better, and enough to stop me obsessing and having to look at my hair every time I passed a mirror! It was a huge relief because you can never underestimate how awful losing hair makes you feel. As an aside, taking 2 x 1000mg capsules every day also helped with anxiety which has been a menopause thing for me. If you are in the UK, Tesco have a tub of 90 x 1000mg EPO capsules for £4.50, and it's buy one, get one free, so 3 tubs for £9. Asda occasionally have the same offer but not right now. Taking 2 capsules a day, plus using 2 on my hair 3 times a week, means that 3 tubs would last around 3 months, so very good value - I think I worked it out at about 67p a week! I really hope it helps, and do update to let us know how you get on 😃 xx

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      Ahhh, I already bought a tub of 90 from Asda, but as you say, the price is pretty good anyway. I'll nip to Tesco and get the deal though too.

      Thanks so much.

      PS. you mentioned zinc too? Did you try that with any benefit?

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