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Why Hair Loss Happens as We Age

As we age, we experience many changes to our bodies. Hair is no exception. Over time, changes occur to the color and texture or our hair. To maintain good-looking hair as you age, you need to give it some special treatment now.

Aging’s Negative Impacts

Hair experiences a shortened life cycle as it ages. Finer, shorter hairs fall out more quickly, and this hair is typically replaced by even finer hair. Hair follicles may stop generating new hair as hair fibers become thinner and experience more age-related changes and environmental issues.

Natural hair pigment changes also occur in our bodies as we age, turning once dark, thick hair into fine, thin, gray hair. While coloring the hair works for many people to cover the grays, it doesn’t address the textural issues associated with aging.

Both men and women experience hair loss and changes for a variety of reasons as they age, such as:

Tips to Slow Down Age-Related Hair Loss

Wash Less Often and Correctly

How often you wash your hair depends on the type of hair you have. However, washing your hair too frequently can cause it to become dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. Wash your scalp at least twice per week with the appropriate type of shampoo for your hair type.

Conditioning your hair after shampooing is a vital step to restoring moisture and replenishing hair’s sheen and natural oils. Volumizers help to strengthen and plump hair strands and provide more volume per hair.

If you opt for color-treated hair, choose a reputable stylist who can help determine the safest dyes to use for your hair type, as well as suggest appropriate shampoos, conditioners, and other products.

Turn Down the Heat

Reduce your use of intense heat styling tools, including blow dryers, curling wands, or flat irons. Even reducing the heat one or two days a week will help hair bounce back.

When you use heat styling tools, always apply heat protectant products. These add moisture and protect against damage.

Eat a Protein-Rich Diet

Nourish your hair from the inside with a wide variety of healthy foods. Eat enough food and take a multivitamin to help replenish the nutrients you might not be getting from your diet.

As hair follicles are made of mostly protein, be sure to include plenty of protein, including lean red meats, to help avoid anemia.

Other nutrient-rich, hair-healthy foods include:

Check Your Medications

Some medications, like those for heart conditions or high cholesterol, can affect hair loss. Talk to your doctor about your medications to determine if they interfere with hair growth or loss and how to help counteract adverse effects.

Some medications can cause hair loss after they’re stopped, including hormone replacement therapy for women.

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