It’s a fact of life, aging. We can choose to age gracefully or fight it every step of the way. Our hair is no exception to the aging process. So today we are talking about 3 ways aging affects our hair and what we can do about it!
I have several strikes against me, I am post-menopausal, have hypothyroidism, and get regular highlights in my hair. And to add to the list, Florida water! Talk about hard water! Lol. Educating ourselves on what causes the changes and how we can make adjustments in our life can help. That’s why I am here, hopefully, to give you a few tips!
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Sorry friends but it’s going to happen eventually. Typically, women in their 40s or 50s start the process of declining hormone levels. Estrogen helps to contribute to hair growth and fullness. Without it, your hair can become thinner.
If you think you might be in or through menopause already you might want to talk to your physician about your hormones.
After that a few things to help combat menopause hair. If you have been around here awhile you will notice a common message from me. Scalp health leads to healthy hair. Without a healthy scalp, you will never have healthy hair. I did a blog post a while back, The Secret to a Healthy Scalp. You can read that here.
Often with a lack of estrogen comes dryness so you might find yourself needing to shampoo less often. So, I recommend you pay attention to your body, and you might need to change your routine a bit. Maybe you used to have an oily scalp most of your life but that might change, it’s very normal.
1. Hair Thickness
This one seems to upset most people. If your hair isn’t as thick as it used to be or maybe it is even starting to thin out. With age, our hair oftentimes is less dense, and we are able to start seeing the scalp.
A typical hair strand has a life span of 2-7 years. As we age the life cycle shortens and a lot of times it is replaced with finer hair. Sometimes they even stop regenerating.
So, what can we do about it? You have options. There are a lot of hair regrowth products out there. Your dermatologist might even recommend something for you. I have been using IR Clinical Hair Thinning Defense. It has worked amazingly for me! Another way to make your hair look thicker and fuller is to have a more flattering haircut. Sometimes changing this up can make a huge difference. And don’t forget to keep a healthy scalp! If you need help with that, I would love to help you with that. Click here for help with that.
2. Hair Color
Why does our hair turn gray/white as we age? Our hair color is due to a pigment called melanin. When we age our hair follicles start to make less of it. What’s the result? Gray or white hair.
Many women go from having dark hair to blonde because it is easier to maintain. It’s funny how things change, isn’t it? When we are younger, we struggle with having dark hair roots to cover up and when we get older, we struggle to cover up gray/white hair roots! Lol!
Unfortunately, the only advice I can offer here is to either go gray/white gracefully or cover it up. The good news is, there are some beautiful women out there with silver and white hair! Wear it proudly!
3. Hair Texture
With age our hair can start to feel coarser, drier, and lose its shine. The things you used to do and products that you used to use on it might not work anymore. The products you used for years might need to be switched up.
Remember me mentioning with age everything dries out? We need to add that moisture and hydration back into our hair. Switching to products that promote a healthy scalp and add that hydration and moisture back into the hair with help.
You might also want to check your water. Since we moved to Florida our water situation has been a struggle. Florida is known to have hard water. We are looking into getting a water softener. Stay tuned for a blog post on what hard water can do to our hair!
Remember we are aging gracefully and gratefully! Not everyone is blessed enough to get to an age to fight these battles! Knowing what causes the issues that you might be having is half the battle.
Do you struggle with any of these issues? Please comment below! If you would like help or have questions, please feel free to send me a message here.