Thinning Hair in Women Over Sixty-Thirty years ago did you have thick beautiful hair? If your hair has thinned out after sixty, you are not alone!
As we age, our hair becomes thinner as the size of the hair follicles and how much hair they produce, starts to decrease. To make matters worse, when hair falls out after the end of it’s life cycle, the follicle can remain in what experts call the ‘resting phase’ rather than reactivate for new hair growth. It becomes pretty hard to maintain anything longer than a medium hairstyle. Any of your friends sporting a full head of long, thick hair may be wearing some that is not their own!
The good news is that several diet and lifestyle changes can help your hair grow more thickly. And, your Bella Capelli Salon hairdresser can offer some options, too.
Each of your hair follicles goes through a cycle of hair growth, during which the hair lengthens, followed by a resting phase, in which the hair follicle shrinks and the bulb pulls away from the root. The hair then remains at a constant length until it loosens and falls out.
Because each hair has its own cycle, you normally lose between 80 and 100 scalp hairs per day. If daily losses are greater than this, gradual thinning occurs, especially in later life when hair growth also slows.
After the resting phase, the follicle may reactivate to produce a new hair, but this cycle does not repeat indefinitely. On average, each hair follicle reactivates around 25 times before it switches off, or produces hair that is increasingly wispy and short.
The way your hair changes with age depends partly on the genes you have inherited. It is also impacted by changing hormone levels around the time of the menopause, as well as, your diet and lifestyle.
Diet should always come first, so, select whole grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, which are a good source of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids to nourish your hair roots.
Meats and dark green leafy vegetables are good source of iron. If your hair is thinning, however, then a multivitamin and mineral supplement is also a good idea to guard against nutrient deficiencies.
Hair mostly consists of keratin protein, which is produced using amino acid building blocks obtained from your diet. To maintain a constant protein supply for your follicles, eat some with every meal, whether it’s poultry, lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts or beans. If you eat a plant-based diet, you may be more prone to thinning hair as some amino acids essential for healthy hair (such as lysine) and micronutrients (such as vitamin B12 and iron) are often difficult to obtain in sufficient quantities without taking a vegetarian-friendly supplement.
Water is vital for maintaining optimum hydration of hair follicles cells. Most guidelines suggest drinking 6 to 8 glasses (250mls each) of fluid (e.g. water, tea and other unsweetened drinks) per day in addition to eating water-rich foods such as soups, cucumber, watermelon and other fruit and veg.
At Bella Capelli Salon ask for a consult on thinning and graying hair before proceeding with color or any salon technique. The trained hairstylists are always happy to offer advice obtained from the years they have been in the industry! Specifically ask your hairdresser about a product called Keratin Concept, which smooths frizzed hair, adds a luster and sheen, while nourishing hair strands. This is typically not applied on the same day as your usual color salon treatment.
Keratin Concept and Smoothing Treatment reverses the signs of damage and promotes overall hair strength and vitality to provide a restorative boost and unparalleled protection for your hair. Uses the highest quality ingredients, such as Keratin, vital ceramides and smoothing amino acids, combined with a low pH mechanism to soften and smooth coarse hair. Drastically reduces frizz. Is free of formaldehyde and aldehydes that is safe for all hair types. Adds volume and restores hairs youthful look and texture.
I admit to being a huge fan of Coppola products for my over sixty hair. After my first Keratin Concept treatment, I noticed my hair was stronger and more lustrous. It regained its sheen and looked healthier (and felt thicker) than since I was in my 30s!
Bella Capelli Salon also offers fabulous products for ageing hair by Kevin.Murphy. The product line’s YOUNG.AGAIN.MASQUE is a deep conditioning restorative masque with a complex of 20 Amino Acids, Quinoa and Rice Proteins, Immortelle, Lotus Flower and Baobab Seed oils to renew youthful lustre to dry damaged or brittle hair. Simply apply to freshly washed hair, massage into hair and scalp for 5-15 minutes. Follow with YOUNG.AGAIN.RINSE. You’ll love the benefits of deep conditioning, softening, repairing, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing
Thinning Hair in Women Over Sixty – get a Bella Capelli Salon consult today!