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Did you know that the first sign of ageing is hair dryness? Wrinkles, pigmentation and fine lines come later. Similarly, the first sign of hair ageing is also dry and brittle hair. In fact, as per research, the scalp ages almost six times faster than our face! Unfortunately, this is still a niche subject. In contrast to skin, hair ageing has only recently become a topic of importance amongst beauty circles. Let’s find out more about it and some important anti-aging hair care tips.
What is hair aging?
Just like our other body parts, our hair goes through a cycle of changes too. Factors such as genes, nutritional deficiencies and hormonal fluctuations play a part in aging hair. Other than causing a loss of strength in our strands, they also lead to pigment and texture alterations. This happens because as we age, our body stops creating melanocytes, the substance that gives our hair its colour. This reduction in pigment changes the structure of our hair, making it distinctively brittle. You may also wonder how to manage hair loss.
Signs of hair aging
As hair age, they lose their usual lusciousness since there is a lack of sebum production that adds that glossy look to hair. Hair also become thinner and grey. Shrinking oil glands, as we grow older, keep natural oil from reaching the hair and hence they look coarse and weathered. All these factors point towards a lack of protein and the damage caused by various environmental hazards. They also could be indicative of stress. Remember that nothing ages skin and hair like a good dose of stress in life!
Anti-aging hair care tips for women over 40
Here are some hair care tips which can help you maintain your hair health as you grow older.
1. Moisturise hair
Since aged hair is really low on natural oils. So, it is vital to add moisturizing ingredients to your hair care routine post 40s.
2. Nourish your hair
Invest in a good hydrating shampoo and conditioner, followed by a nourishing serum or oil for that extra kick.
3. Provide the right nutrition to your hair
You need to feed your scalp right. Yes, that’s true. You need to focus on nutrition from within too. Consume a diet rich in proteins, antioxidants, zinc and magnesium that will help strengthen your scalp and reduce oxidative stress. Did you know one of the causes of grey hair is a lack of these nutrients?
4. Use sun protection for hair
Getting in the sun is good but not without protection when it comes to any kind of skin. Keeping the scalp (and hair) protected with a hat or cap whenever outdoors will help reduce ultra-violet damage and prevent hair from getting burnt, dry or brittle. Also know home remedies to protect hair from UV rays.
5. Reduce hair treatments
Watch your hair treatments. Avoid heat products like a hair dryer or straightening iron.
6. Embrace the change
Accept your natural greys. This one is the hottest new trend. Be comfortable in your body and wear your greys with pride. If you have to colour, choose sensibly.
7. Manage your stress
Manage your stress levels for better health in general. Find what works best for you — a nice head massage, deep abdominal breathing or other mindfulness treatments – there are many great ways to implement relaxation into your day.