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Are you suffering from hair loss? Unfortunately, it is a problem for many women after the age of 50 but so is hair breakage. As we age we do notice a difference in our hair. One can notice visible changes in the hair structure: less or more curls, waves, or even frizz, a stronger more wiry texture especially as grey sets in, or the opposite, thin fragile hair lacking luster and shine. Yet, one of the most common effects is a loss in hair volume that can be caused by hair breakage or hair loss.
The average person has about 100,000 hairs on their head. But when problems like menopause, hypothyroidism, pollution, or a bad diet occur, hair is one of the first areas affected, and in the case of hair breakage, simple home hair care may be the answer.
Hair loss can be verified by checking first on your hairline, this will be the tell-tale sign if hair is receding. Breakage can be recognized when ends are thin and wispy compared to the rest of the hair. Check your pillows or coat shoulders for full-length strands left behind versus shorter broken sections of hair.
As you age, your hair biology changes along with the rest of you. Your scalp follicles produce less sebum, an oil responsible for protecting your strands and nourishing your skin. The result? Weaker hair that is more likely to break. In addition, there are many other factors that contribute to breakages like any form of chemical treatment like perms or permanent color, straightening of hair, even regular use of hot tools. Therefore nurturing your hair and scalp with good home care products is essential.
Start by snipping off your split ends and using a moisturizing shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment to preserve the hair shaft in a healthy state. A daily heat protector for use with blow-drying or heat styling is also a vital essential as we age.
There is a big focus today on high-end brands based on sheer high performance. One of my favorites is Better Not Younger since their shampoos and even heat-protecting sprays are designed specifically to address the root causes of aging hair. For breakage though, I’d recommend Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque, a sulfate-free deep conditioner you use in the shower that has a combination of plant-based butters to nourish and hydrate the hair and scalp and help rebuild brittle, dry hair.
There’s no single cause for hair loss. Excessive daily hair shedding (which is known as telogen effluvium) occurs as the result of an internal imbalance or upset, such as a nutritional deficiency, severe stress, crash dieting, or an illness. If you are a vegetarian, do check your B12 levels.
Let’s not forget hormones and the part they play in regulating the hair growth cycle. Female hormones oestrogens are ‘hair friendly’ and help to keep hair in its growth phase. Androgens, male hormones, are not very hair friendly and can shorten the hair growth cycle. Check with your doctor if you are on hormone replacement therapy after menopause, to regulate a possible imbalance in your monthly prescription.
Another common cause of hair loss in women is iron deficiency. Iron is essential for producing hair cell protein, without it, your strands will suffer. An excellent source of iron is parsley, so sprinkle on most meals to be sure your daily intake is sufficient.
There are other steps you can take to reverse hair loss. One of the keys is having a scalp care routine to help improve blood flow to the hair follicles and keep the skin under your hair hydrated and exfoliated. I recommend Better Not Younger’s Superpower Duo that offers a vitamin and mineral-rich serum that is to be applied with their Liquid Comb to massage the scalp. This dual-action of chemical-mechanical stimulation activates microcirculation of scalp follicles and distributes the serum evenly and closer to your roots, causing new hair to emerge.
There are also a variety of hair procedures you could choose from: hair transplants, hair grafts, and even Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to help strengthen your brittle tresses. Hair restoration treatments are usually conducted at a doctor’s office or medical spa. Do remember to always do your research to ensure that whatever you use; whether it’s a natural remedy, specific product, or a procedure, would be beneficial for you.
Remember in summer we shed more hair than we do in winter, just look at our pets and their shedding of fur in summer. We are no different, so don’t become alarmed unnecessarily at the change of a season.
Age-related hair changes are inevitable, your body changes and so does your hair, so don’t panic! You can make a huge difference by just making a few changes to your daily hair care routine, remembering to have regular trims to keep your strands in perfect condition, and keeping a healthy diet.
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