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Hair Care For Every Phase Of Your Menstrual Cycle

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Jul 08, 2016
Hair Care For Every Phase Of Your Menstrual Cycle

Every woman knows when that time of the month rolls around, with it comes a whole host of annoying and unpleasant side effects from cramps to headaches to acne breakouts.

What you may not know is that your hair is likewise affected, not only by the onset of your period, but also by every phase of the menstrual cycle. Dry tresses, oily strands, and a sensitive scalp: all can partially or fully be affected due to the changes your body goes through over that average 23 to 35-day time frame.

However, knowledge is power. By familiarizing yourself with the effects that each stage of the menstrual cycle has on your locks, you can develop a hair care regimen to manage some of the more unwanted results.

Here’s a quick walk-through of how each phase of your menstrual cycle impacts your hair and tips for keeping your mane under control.

  • Premenstrual: Along with mood swings and bloating, the uptick of testosterone production in your body as your period approaches leads to more oil production in your skin glands, including those on your head. More oil in your scalp translates to greasy locks. To combat this, swap your regular shampoo for dry shampoo and take more showers. There’s good news, This is the perfect time to pick up the phone and make that coloring appointment. More oil on your scalp will actually protect your strands from the chemicals applied during the coloring process, resulting in less breakage and damage overall.
  • Period: During your period, your estrogen levels are at their lowest and your scalp remains oily and may be more sensitive. Postpone any hair procedures that will put more stress on your tresses including hair extensions, chemical straightening, and coloring.
  • Post Period: As your estrogen levels rise, testosterone levels fall, which equals less oil in your hair. The downside is that those who suffer from dry hair naturally can expect increased dryness. Fight this side effect by doing your deep conditioning during this time and upping your overall use of conditioner.
  • Ovulation: About 14 days before your period, your body starts producing more estrogen and your pituitary gland releases a surge of LH (Luteinizing Hormone). With the surge of LH comes slightly more oil in your hair that somewhat offsets the dryness of the post period effect. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual but use a gentle cleanser if your scalp feels a little more sensitive than normal.