Is Your Hair Making You Look Older?

Hair Making You Look Older
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With age, come certain changes in our body that also show on our hair. Hair becomes naturally thinner and drier as we get older, but the years of dying, blow drying and styling can also be detrimental in the condition of our hair later in life. Besides this, women might get used to wearing the same hairstyle for decades but the hairstyle that worked for them in their 30s might not be the best option when they’re in their 50s. Luckily, there are many things you can do with your hair that will take away the years. Continue reading to see if your hair is aging you and what you can do about it.

Thinning Hair

Over 40 percent of women experience hair loss around menopause, but hair thinning can start as early as one’s mid-30s. There are several factors that cause hair thinning in women. First, the hair follicles shrink leading to hair that is thinner in diameter. This hair is also brittle and prone to breaking. Furthermore, the hair growth cycles change and it takes longer for new hair to grow out. So even if you notice your hair becoming thinner with age, this is not due to excess shedding but rather your hair becoming thinner in diameter and more brittle. But on the other hand, if your hair is falling out at an alarming rate, this could be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Thinning hair adds years to your face but luckily there are some things you can do about it.

Remedies for Thinning Hair

Remedies for Thinning Hair

If you notice your hair becoming thinner early on, addressing this issue with lifestyle changes will help you keep your tresses fuller for longer. Stress, poor nutrition, a sluggish thyroid and lack of exercise can all aggravate hair loss in women. If you believe you are losing more hair than usual, consult your physician to see if your thyroid hormones are at an optimal level. Otherwise, eating a diet rich in B vitamins, Zinc, Iron and omega-3 fatty acids will keep your hair follicles healthy. You can also buy specialized shampoos that add volume to your hair without drying it out. There are shampoos designed specifically for age-related hair problems.

Dry Hair

Does your hair lack luster and dull? Hair also tends to get drier with age and the over-processing isn’t helping either. Everyone tends to focus on skin care to fight the signs of aging, but our hair needs pampering too. Conditioner is a must even if you feel like it’s weighing your already thin hair down. Luckily, there are plenty light weight hair conditioners designed for fine hair that will nourish your hair and keep it looking fuller. Anti-aging shampoos and conditioners are becoming increasingly popular in addressing the common age-related hair problems.

The Wrong Cut

A good hair style can drastically transform anyone’s appearance. Hairstyles can either make or break you so you need to choose your styles wisely. Hairstylist Gretchen Monahan suggests keeping your hair length anywhere between your chin and collarbone. Hairstyles at this length are universally flattering so you won’t go wrong by sticking to a medium-length hairstyle. Other things you should consider to get a youthful style is not getting your hair into short layers because this might thin your hair too much. Instead, opt for longer layers and subtle graduation. Full side swept bangs also make for a youthful look.

Wrong Color

Choosing Wrong Color

Color can add life and shine to any style but the wrong choice of color can also age you. You should choose hair color in accordance with your complexion. This means fair complexion equals lighter hair color and dark complexion goes well with darker shades. Also, highlights, ombre, and beleyage will add depth to your tresses and make the color appear more natural giving you a youthful vibe. Avoid helmet hair and edgy colors. Natural looks are a better option if you want to look more youthful. You can also wear your hair gray because gray hair does not necessarily make you look older. Gray hair can be strikingly beautiful if you wear it right. Don’t let your grays turn yellow and touch them up with gray hair dye and buy blue-hued shampoos that will keep the silver of your grays.

Conclusion

Our hair is our pride and joy, but it can also be a major source of frustration. With age, hair tends to thin out and become frailer which is a completely normal process. But you can slow down this process by improving* your nutrition and taking care of your health. Unhealthy, dry, and brittle hair ages anyone so addressing this issue is your primary concern. As far as hair style and color go, medium length hair with a natural hair color makes anyone look youthful.

References:

  • http://www.progressivehealth.com/women-and-menopause-hair-loss.htm
  • http://www.webmd.com/beauty/aging/does-your-hair-make-you-look-old?page=2

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.

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