We Know About Skin Aging,
But What About Hair Aging?
We slather moisturizers, serums, and sunscreen on our skin to prevent wrinkles and other signs of skin aging. Just like our skin and other organs, our hair and scalp also undergo a natural aging process.
The hair's natural aging process begins between the age of 25 and 40. Noticeable changes in the hair are not limited to color but also changes in density, texture, and manageability.
Aging hair usually involves the greying of hair. Our hair follicles contain melanocytes, the cells responsible for the production of our hair's pigment called melanin. As we age, these cells slow down their melanin production, resulting in the growth of grey hair.
You might notice that hair strands become thinner as well. This is a common problem in aging hair. The density of the hair decreases, and the hairs grow finer. This is followed by hair loss.
As we grow older, the average hair loss rate of 100 hairs a day increases as hair follicles cannot replace the lost hairs as quickly as when we were younger.
Mature hair is drier more often than young hair, and you might feel like your scalp is dry as well. The sebaceous glands in your scalp also produce less oil. As such, the hair loses its natural moisturizing, protective layer. This also makes it dull, less manageable, and difficult to style.
Genes and hormones can largely determine the age at which these things happen.
But you can help slow down the aging process by eating well, managing stress better, avoiding harsh hair products (go for gentler and natural ones), and protecting your hair and scalp from UV damage.