As we age as women, we expect to go gray, but we don’t expect to start balding. For many ladies, our hair thinning and falling out might be one of the biggest ego-challenging aspects of aging. It’s easy to cover gray hairs with dye, but disguising the thinning hair that millions of women start noticing when they turn 50 and 60 is a little bit harder to mask. Some women experience hair loss long before their middle age. So what can you do to save your aging and thinning hair?
Wash your hair less frequently
Regardless of your hair type, washing your hair too much can dry out and damage your hair, so don’t overdo it. Washing your scalp twice per week is the golden ratio, and make sure to stick to shampoo for your specific hair type (oily, normal or dry). Also, don’t skip conditioner—this product can help you maintain healthy and moisturized hair. Conditioners add moisture to hair after your shampoo removes all oils and sheen. A volumizer can also strengthen your hair and provide it with more bounce and plump.
Use safe products
If you dye your hair, it’s best to find a good hairstylist to do the job, because an expert will find the safest way to dye your hair and recommend shampoos, conditioners and other products that fit your new hairstyle. If you style your hair with heat, use heat protectants that shield the hair from heated air and surfaces and add more moisture to your strands. Also, keep an eye on products that can disrupt hormones like parabens and phthalates.
In some cases, the drug ketoconazole can help with hair loss, mostly in androgenetic alopecia where inflammation of hair follicles causes hair to fall out. Ketoconazole can reduce inflammation and give your hair some strength back. Some women might also be suitable for corticosteroid injections, but this treatment is used only when necessary for conditions like alopecia areata which results in hair loss in random patches. Another drug that can help is called minoxidil which stimulates hair growth and boosts the hairs’ growth cycle causing better thickness and reduced appearance of patchiness and thinning hair part.
If your thinning hair can’t support that lush long hairstyle that you used to sport, don’t despair. You can always reach for quality hair extensions clip in additions that will give you desired length and thickness without any invasive treatments. Until your hair revives, your extensions will keep all your hair dreams alive. You can choose from many colors and styles, so something will match your previous hairstyle for sure.
Eat healthily and diversely
While age and genetics can’t be controlled, you can control your diet and improve how you feed your hair. The old saying “you are what you eat” is definitely true when it comes to hair health. First of all, make sure you’re taking in enough calories. With age, your appetite decreases and your taste levels go down so you might overly restrict your nutrition intake. Also, make sure your diet is diverse and your plate is full of different colors. Some foods that are great for hair loss and overall hair health are eggs, fatty fish, berries and leafy greens.
Read medication receipts
If you take medication for your existing health conditions, it’s important to read the receipts because some may affect your hair. Check with your doctor whether your medication messes with your hair health and ask how to counteract these unwanted side effects. Also, if you decide to stop hormone replacement therapy, don’t be surprised if you notice a lot of loose hairs in the shower.
For many women, their hair is their pride, joy and most important badge of femininity. However, if you notice your locks weakening and getting sparse, don’t worry. These above are just some of the ways to revive your hair or mask your loss.
This guest post was graciously provided by Diana Smith. Diana is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in alternative medicine and latest DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.