It’s inevitable that as our bodies age, so does our hair. With aging and thinning hair it’s often challenging to care for and style, while simultaneously trying to keep what we have in top-notch condition. And since aging and thinning hair does not discriminate no matter one’s age, gender or ethnicity, we present the following antidotes and preventatives whether you’re 19 or 99.
Listen up millennial men, hair loss is not exclusive to your dad or grandfather. In fact, 25% of young men experience some form of hair loss in their 20s; 70% of men have noticeable hair loss by age 35; and 85% of all men experience hair loss by 50. How to stave it off? Try these:
- Eat a balanced diet – Often thinning hair is attributed to a poor diet and since hair is composed of proteins, fortifying your meals with high-protein foods and taking daily supplements such as Biotin and Niacin can help.
- Keep your hair cut short – One of the easiest solutions for thinning hair or a receding hairline is a buzz cut or other short hairstyle. And while you’re at it you may want to grow some facial hair because a well-groomed mustache and beard will divert attention from the thinning.
- Use hair products that give an immediate fuller, thicker appearancet – Clinically proven Renessence Follicle Forever® Strengthening Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner anchor the hair for less thinning and shedding, as they cleanse and volumize.
Not for men only.
While hair loss in men is perceived as most common, it’s quite prevalent with women as 40% experience some form of hair loss throughout their lifetimes. The reasons for hair loss in women are myriad and can range from hormonal to genetics. Here are some ways to help:
- Massage your scalp – This can help stimulate hair growth by increasing circulation around the all-important hair follicles. While showering, place the pads of your fingers on the scalp and gently rub in a circular motion. Begin at the forehead and make your way along the sides and back of your head, focusing on thinning areas.
- Be loose – Wear your hair down or pulled back loosely, and avoid hairstyles and accessories that pull the hair. Tight ponytails, braids, weaves, headbands, elastics and barrettes are not good for thinning (or any) hair and can lead to permanent breakage.
- Color it – Bleaching your hair all over can cause damage and/or breakage, however, a few well-placed highlights will camouflage thinning by tinting hair color a shade that blends with the color of your scalp. Additionally, hair dye will slightly expand the hair shaft, making it appear thicker.
At middle age and beyond, hair becomes much finer as the diameter of individual hair follicles and the hairs they produce decreases. Simultaneously, when strands fall out at the end of their hair life cycle, more follicles remain in their resting (telogen) phase versus reactivating the growth (anagen) phase to generate new hair. Here are some helpful tips to enhance aging and thinning hair over age 50:
- Vitamin up – Along with Biotin and Niacin there are a number of vitamins and supplements very good for the hair including vitamin A which helps produce healthy scalp sebum to prevent dryness and breakage; vitamin B5 which strengthens hair follicles; and vitamin E for increased blood circulation which helps with new hair growth.
- Apply a weekly hair mask – Dry, brittle hair is more common as we age and is also more likely to split and break off. Prevent breakage with a weekly, deep conditioning mask, ensuring it’s specific to fine and/or thinning hair as you don’t want one too heavy that weighs hair down.
- Start a regimen of hair renewal products – Renessence Follicle Forever® Renewal Serum with Mirroirté® is a revolutionary formula that promotes hair health at the molecular level to decrease hair loss and maintain a healthy scalp.