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Signs of Aging Hair

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Are you noticing more hair in your comb or changes in your hair texture? These are just a few of the symptoms of aging hair, a reality that most men and women 50+ will experience to some degree.

Signs of aging hair can include any of the following:

Going Gray

Most people begin to notice graying hair in their 30s and40s. Hair goes gray when your hair cells stop producing pigment. This occurs naturally as we age and at different speeds which is why not everyone will gray at the same time or pace.

Thinness

It’s normal to lose anywhere from 80-100 hairs per day. This is typical hair loss, but for some it can increase from DHT production, stress, and hormonal changes. In fact, it’s not uncommon for menopausal women to experience hair thinning, hair loss, and hair thickening all at the same time. For example, they may notice less hair on their legs or scalp but more hair on their upper lip or chin.

If you’re dealing with thinning hair, options like biotin, propecia, and minoxidil can all be good options. They generally don’t grow hair, but will help strengthen and thicken your existing hair so the hair that you do have stays. When hair breaks faster it grows, then you don’t have any length and that leads to thinning and a less full look.

Dryness

Oil glands shrink in size over time and stop producing oil efficiently. This can be noticeable not only in your hair but also in your skin. That is why it’s so important to add moisturizing products to your hair and skin regimen as you age. When you’re younger, oil naturally coats the hair. When you’re older and don’t produce as much oil you’ll notice your hair becoming much drier than you remember from your teen days.

More Breakage

As you age, your hair naturally loses its elasticity causing it to become brittle and dry. This is exacerbated by repeatedly treating hair with harsh chemicals — bleaches, straighteners, and dyes can all add to stiff, breakable hair. Biotin, silica, and more essential fatty acids in your diet can greatly help hair prone to breakage overtime.

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