20 July 2015
We’re all familiar with the effects ageing can have on the skin and anti-ageing products are common place in most women’s beauty regimes. But what about anti-ageing for your hair?
Our locks can lose some of their youthful lustre as we age, becoming weaker, colourless and less dense. And so an expert from the University School of Medicine in New Orleans is sharing her specialist know-how, to help women understand the hair’s ageing process and maintain an age-defying ‘do.
Thinning and hair loss
The majority of us will notice our hair feels thinner as we get older, this is because the diameter of each individual hair shaft will decrease. The cuticles that surround each hair also deteriorate with age, leaving it more vulnerable to sun and heat damage as well as other breakage.
A good hair care routine is the best defence against thinning hair, invest in some professional strengthening products and take particular care when you’re in the sun. The hair care expert recommends, “Wear a hat every time (you’re) in the sun… (and) there are great leave-in products that coat the hair shaft with silicone or dimethicone.”
We’ve all heard the myth that plucking out one grey hair means two new ones will grow in its place. But a myth is all the story is according to the hair care specialist, “Grey hair runs in families, so if your grandmother had white hair, you’ll probably get it too and at about the same age.” While there isn’t a product that can prevent genetically caused grey hair, you can protect against greying of another sort.
Stress is another cause of grey hairs – so making some lifestyle changes can help delay the salt-and-pepper look.
The high and lows of pregnancy hair
Pregnant ladies often have a wonderful ‘glow’, and it’s a look that comes with a luscious head of hair to boot! This is because where as hair usually grows in three phases: growing, transitioning and resting (or shedding), during pregnancy there is a prolonged transition phase so the hair is thicker and fuller.
Sadly the effect is only temporary, and three to four months after giving birth women tend to lose a lot of hair. But don’t panic! Your hair should return to normal six months to a year after child birth.
Hair and the menopause
The menopause sends women’s hormone levels into a tail-spin, and left unchecked this can have a detrimental effect on your hair. As estragon production drops off, male hormones can wreak havoc with the hair follicles on your face and scalp, your GP will be able to advise you about treatments to counteract the hormonal imbalances of the menopause.
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