As you get older your hair begins to change, so your skin isn’t the only feature that shows signs of aging. Today let’s talk about the most common changes in your hair that you can notice as you get older. Also, Dr. Gaurav will advise you on how to address these issues through this article.
The Problem of Thinning Hair
Numerous studies worldwide have shown that as we age, the hair diameter decreases. Generally, hair is larger and thicker when you are younger and as you age it steadily decreases in size. Usually, this concept kicks in once you are over 40 years old. In women, pre-menopausal women have larger hair diameters than post-menopausal women. This is because the population of stem cells in the hair follicles decreases in post-menopausal women.
The Problem of Greying Hair
Greying is due to the loss of pigment-producing cells that are called melanocytes as we age. They are present in the base of the hair follicles. Whenever fewer melanocyte cells are present, the end result is that less pigment is made and transferred into the outer shell of your hair shaft. This results in grey hair.
The Problem of Degrading Hair Texture
Hair texture degrades with age, many researchers and experts believe that this is due to the loss of sync or timing of hairs as they start growing out together and curve. This curve of the hair is determined by the amount of bonding shared among the individual hair strands. Once the hairs stop syncing their timing as they grow, they start giving a frizzier look over time.
The Problem of Losing Sheen
Sheen is the reflection of light off the outer layer of the hair shift. The out layer is composed of many platers that lie next to each other, almost like a puzzle. The oil in the skin acts like glue between the gaps in this puzzle and increases shine. With age, this concept plays out in reverse, due to which hair loses its sheen.
The Problem of Brittle Hair
The strength of the hair decreases as the amount of bonding between hair strands becomes fewer. This happens as we age. With fewer bonds between and among the hairs, the hair can be easily traumatized and this results in Brittle hair or hair that easily breaks.
How Can One Help Their Aging Hair?
- Cooler showers can help in maintaining the natural oils on the scalp. Avoid hot showering in your routine as that can strip the scalp of its natural oils.
- Conditioning is important to add back additional protein barriers that protect the hair shaft.
- Use wider tooth comps that do not hurt the delicate hair.
- Avoid chemical-based products.
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