Just like our skin, our hair is subject to natural aging as we get older. We’ve all heard of botox, hyaluronic Acid, and other wonder treatments to give you skin that youthful look but how do you achieve it with your hair?
When we think of ageing hair most of us think of a change in colour, but mature hair also changes in its texture. Furthermore, thinning hair is more frequent in the elderly and can affect both sexes. As such aging hair requires a tailored hair care routine to reduce these symptoms.
There is a common belief that the rate of hair aging can be measured by the number of grey hairs on your head and this partly but not entirely correct. You see grey hairs can also appear at a much younger age, for example, due to a genetic predisposition. Your hair’s natural aging process begins between the age of 25 and 40. As you age, your hair undergoes noticeable changes in density, texture, and manageability. Dryness and a feeling of tension in the scalp are also symptoms commonly experienced in mature hair. If your hair is not provided with the nutrients necessary for healthy growth, then it can lose both suppleness and shine, making styling more difficult.
Age-related hormonal changes also cause your hair’s anagen or growth phase to become shorter and the telogen or resting phase to become longer. This results in the production of less and thinner hair – and is often the cause for why your hair feels like it’s stopped growing. These changes can have a significant effect on our overall well-being and self-confidence, as our hair’s appearance is often perceived as an expression of our self-image. Furthermore, the hair’s natural resilience decreases as you age, it becomes more sensitive to external factors, and requires extra care.
How does our hair change as we age?
Grey hair or “going grey” is one of the first noticeable signs of aging hair. The hair on your scalp often begins greying at the temples, and this pattern then extends to the top of the scalp. The follicles that generate your hair contain melanocytes; cells responsible for the production of melanin. As you get older, these cells slow down their melanin production. Our genes largely determine the age at which this happens. While some of us may notice their first grey hairs in their 20s, most will find some grey hairs on their head in their 30s, and by their 50s many will have a significant amount of grey hair.
Thinning hair is also a frequent problem in mature hair. Firstly, the density of your hair decreases, and the hairs grow much finer, sometimes becoming barely visible. This can be followed by hair loss. As we grow older, the average hair loss rate of 100 hairs a day increases as hair follicles cannot replace the lost hairs as quickly as in younger years. This results in a thinning of the hair on the crown of the head, making the scalp more visible. A good way to manage this is with a regular hair care routine as it stimulates blood circulation and strengthens the hair roots, prolonging the active growth phase and increasing density.
As your individual hairs become thinner, your hair also loses volume and elasticity, making it overall more brittle and prone to breakage. This is particularly true for hair that has repeatedly been treated with chemicals or heat, which also make it far more prone to breaking.
Mature hair is also often drier than younger hair. The sebaceous glands in the hair follicles shrink and produce less oil. As such, your hair loses its natural moisturizing, protective layer. This also makes it less manageable and difficult to style. Keeping a well-maintained hair care routine can restore moisture and protect your locks from further damage.
As we age, our hair tends to lose its natural shine and lustre, making it seem dull and lifeless. This is on the one hand owing to the reduction in natural moisture, and on the other, to the changes in the surface of the hair shaft. Mature, grey hair has a rougher, coarser texture, in part due to the reduction of melanin. Changes in your hair’s texture can also be triggered by age-related hormonal fluctuations, as they may occur during the menopause, for example. New research has shown that hair loss in older women is likely due to lower levels of both estrogen and progesterone.
Anti-Ageing Your Hair
Experts recommend that to properly manage and prevent ageing skin you should start using anti-ageing products regularly in your twenties. This is the same for your hair too! As the effects of ageing start to impact your hair from your late 20s – 30s the best way to manage this is prevention. At Ginger and Pearl our products are specifically designed to treat and prevent ageing hair whilst keeping your locks healthy to ensure you're always confident in your hair and in turn confident in yourself.
By using a deep conditioning and moisturising product like our Healthy Hair Mask at least once a week you can prevent your hair from drying out and ensure it’s texture remains supple and manageable. With the addition of Coconut Oil and Shea Butter our Healthy Hair Mask is able to neutralize free radical compounds responsible for the creation of oxidative stress, helping to prevent premature aging that may affect your hair follicles.
Leading research into stimulating hair growth has shown that actively massaging your scalp and roots help increase blood circulation and promote healthy hair growth. Our Purifying Scalp Scrub has been specifically designed to do just this as well as removing both scalp and product build-up that can choke your hair and prevent growth.
Protecting your hair with a UV filter product like our Hair Growth Elixir will ensure that it doesn’t suffer any sun damage and with the inclusion of key essential oils our Hair Growth Elixir will also stimulate new hair growth which will combat that ageing and stagnant hair feeling.
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