Yes, ladies, believe it or not, our hair, much like our skin, goes through the signs of aging.It is no secret that the hair of a young child is nothing like that of their parents, nor does a 40-year-old have the same locks they did when they were 20. While aging hair is a commonality among women, the signs of aging hair are often overlooked with the anti-aging focus specifically on the prevention of facial lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
It is easy to gain an understanding of aging hair when it is explained from a scientific point of view. Our skin, as many of you may already know, is the largest organ of the body, which has the essential job of protecting everything from muscles and bones, to nerves, organs, and blood vesicles. That said, take a moment to think to yourself all of the places of your body that have both skin and hair, in fact, it might be less time consuming to think of all the places that hair is not! This is because hair is considered a modified type of skin, growing on every part of the body except for the soles of the feet, palms of the hands and the lips! In addition to hair, fingernails and toenails are also considered a type of modified skin.
Without getting much more scientific, it is important to mention that our hair, skin, and nails have a similar composition, with the key protein in all three being keratin. All commonalities aside, the human body is able to survive without hair and nails, but survival would not be possible without skin. That being said, the body typically produces more and thicker hair over the skin to help with the protection of the body’s valuable assets: the brain, the eyes, the reproductive system. However, genetics also plays a role in hair growth, and may be to blame for more of the unwanted hair growth some women experience.
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Although we cannot undo the aging process that has already taken place on the hair, we can take preventative measures to preserve its youth as well as mask the signs of aging we are often not confident about. Keep reading to find out the most common changes that take place as hair ages, and what can be done about each one.
It is no secret here that a top complaint amongst all aging women is the graying in their locks. Although the exact reason for the loss of melanin us unknown, there is some research backing the theory that stress may be to blame. Also, research has found that the lighter skin you have, the sooner you are likely to experience graying.
What can be done?
There is no new news here that he best way to combat grays is to have your hair professionally colored.There also isn’t much evidence on how to prevent graying.
While daily hair loss is normal for women of all ages, hair loss due to aging may leave your hair feeling and looking thinner than it once was. Evidence suggests that men and women most often notice this symptom around the 40-year milestone.
What can be done?
If your hair loss is major and causing you more stress than you’d expected, it is worth trying a hair restoration treatment with 2% minoxidil as the active ingredient. Some evidence suggests that regular consumption of biotin or keratin supplements may prevent or prolong the process or hair loss.
Luminosity, Shine and Texture
As the hair ages, there is a loss of fatty acids and keratin, which not only makes hair susceptible to damage, but it also make the hair appear dull.
What can be done?
Evidence shows that overuse of heat and chemicals damage each strand of hair from the inside out by harming the fatty acids and keratin proteins that are still there, so it may be worth it to cut down on heat tools. You can also protect the integrity of the hair by using a rinse out and leave in conditioner every day, along with deep conditioning treatments. For a quick fix, you can apply a high-quality serum or hair oil, which will not only give the appearance of younger hair, but provide much-needed nourishment.