Q: I am 58 years old, have gray hair around my temples, and I am growing my hair longer after several years of
short hair. I'm also taking Lisinopril and am going through menopause. My hair looks dull and feels lifeless. I use products that
moisturize and I do get shine, but it's not 'hearty' like it used to be. Question: could my medicine have anything to do with my hair
affliction? Is there anything I can do? Is there anywhere in particular I should go?
A: According to the medical studies, there is no link between the use of lisinopril and possible hair loss as a side effect. I did find
one reference to a report on clinical trials where hair loss was reported as a “side effect” of taking lisinopril by test subjects, but
the claim was made by less than one percent of the test cases (the same as were reported in the control group) which was not considered to be statistically noteworthy.
Actually, the likely culprit in the changes in your hair is the menopausal changes. The shift in
hormonal balance affects not only the growth of the hair but the production of sebaceous oils and other minor factors that all add up
to problem hair for many women. The reduction in the production of natural oils can result in the dull, listless hair you are experiencing.
What you need to do is to remember that as you age your hair changes and its needs do too. Using a
moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is great, but you may want to focus more on one that offers “body” and volume. Remember, too, that
with the changes menopause brings your hair will probably not need shampooing as often as before. You will, however, want to be sure
to condition the hair daily as well. This can be via traditional rinse-through conditioning you perform in the shower or through the
use of leave-in products as part of the styling routine.
Many women who find their hair getting “dull” after entering menopausal phases opt for “glazing”
treatments at the salon. These are color applications using a transparent tinting formula that adds a slight deepening or brightening
of the hair’s color and a lot of shine to give the hair a younger look. You can even get a “clear-gloss” treatment using un-tinted
shine formulations if you don’t want to risk altering your color.