Most of us worry to some extent about the changes that happen to our skin when we age. We should stop and consider the impact of getting older on our hair too. Anti ageing hair care can’t stop the passage of time but can help to make the most of your crowning glory for as long as possible. Here’s what happens to your hair as you age, and some treatments to help slow the ageing process down.
As we age, our oil glands shrink and produce less oil. This is great news if you have very oily, acne prone skin but not so good for your hair. As your scalp gets dryer, hair is coated with less natural oil and this can result in dry hair. It looks and feels coarse and can be frizzy.
To counteract dryness, try using oils on your hair to replace those which are lost. Argan oil is a great hydrator and smoothes the hair cuticle, making it appear shinier and healthier. Use a weekly deep conditioner to keep hair looking soft and shiny.
One of the first signs of our hair ageing, grey hairs usually appear in our 30s but can show up much sooner. Over time, our hair follicles produce less of the pigment melanin. Eventually there is no pigment in the hair, making it appear grey or white.
Nothing can be done to replace the pigment in hair, except for dyeing it. Try a semi permanent dye first to avoid damage. These are sometimes not strong enough to cover greys for long, so a permanent hair dye may be your best solution.
As well as losing melanin, follicles also shrink over time resulting in thinner strands. Follicles can also stop producing hair altogether, making your hair look even thinner because you have less hair strands growing.
You can strengthen the hair that you do have with a good healthy diet, supplemented with biotin and silica. This helps prevent breakage of your existing strands. If patches and thinning becomes too prevalent, a FUE hair transplant is an option. Follicles are transplanted from elsewhere on the body to the scalp, to fill in patchy areas and make hair thicker.
Elasticity of hair is also an issue as we age. Hair loses its elasticity, making it more prone to breakage and also looking lacklustre.
Avoiding harsh chemicals such as bleach can help keep the hair in better condition, reducing the likelihood of breakage. Try to avoid high heat from hairdryers and straighteners to keep moisture in the hair and prevent further damage.
Ageing is a privilege so should not be feared. However, we can stay younger looking for longer with these self care tips and new technologies.
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