HOW TO FACE AND FIGHT SIGNS OF HAIR AGING?
"My hair used to wash-and-wear. I was the envy of my friends. It had just the right amount of wave in it to give it body without any sign of frizz. My color used to be a rich, delicious, succulent dark brown, the shade of freshly brewed coffee with a touch of creamer. In the summer, I’d wind up with natural burnished dark-red highlights. And no matter what I did to my hair — the blow-drys, the flatirons, the salon adventures — it always bounced back. I came to think of it as my loyal follicular retriever. As long as I fed it decent shampoo and gave it minimal attention, it loved me right back".
Thankfully, mine remains thick and robust. But that’s not the norm. And I have noticed that when seasons change, I am starting to see clumps of hair in the shower. Not fun!
The question of how often you should wash your hair has been a matter of debate for some time. Washing your hair more frequently can make your color change more rapidly especially if it’s been treated with a glaze. Washing frequently with a shampoo that is drying to your scalp and hair can also lead to scalp itching and flaking and dryness and breakage of your hair. I recommend washing your hair when it needs it, and not reflexively everyday. In addition, you should wash with a shampoo and conditioner that is appropriate for your hair type
Many people experience thinning of their hair, but this is not universal. Thinning hair can be caused by a number of things such as a genetic predisposition, vitamin deficiencies, stress, hormonal changes, and thyroid hormone changes.
If you’re dealing with thinning hair, then it’s time using some hair treatment oil. It doesn’t grow hair, but it helps strengthen existing hair and makes it look fuller. Also minimizing breakage so the hair that you do have stays. When hair breaks faster than a rate it grows, then you don’t have any length and that leads to thinning. Anything that can help strengthen your hair, you need to look for it.
Our oil glands shrink over time and they don’t produce oil efficiently. When you’re younger, oil travels down the hair follicle and naturally coats the hair. If you’re old, you’re not producing as much oil leaving your hair much drier than you remember from your teen days.
The best remedy for this is to put oil in your hair. It may be different for those who remember having to wash their hair every day to avoid lank, oily hair, but it’s the best way to return moisture to your hair. Argan oil is incredibly hydrating and can be found in a number of hair products.
Also avoid high heat and aggressive hairstyling techniques that strip the hair of natural oil.
It’s true that as you age, your hair also loses some of its elasticity causing it to become brittle. Yet, often, dry, brittle hair is less related to aging and more related to the products you use. Hair that is repeatedly treated with chemicals — bleaches, hair straighteners, permanent dyes — can become stiff, dry and prone to breakage.
Give your strands some TLC by ditching these harsh chemicals and using protein-rich hair treatments instead.
Another way to treat brittleness is to take a hair vitamin with biotin and silica to help strengthen your hair. Those with biotin defiicencies have dry, brittle hair and when you supplement them with biotin, their hair returns to normal. Take at last 3,000 mg/day. Silica helps to strengthen collagen — research is weaker on this but it helps strengthen your existing hair. Hair grows 1 centimeter a month; it takes six months to see the result of hair vitamins.