Expert Trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver has revealed to us how your hair changes as you age and her top tips for improving your hair health in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s & 60’s…
Hair in your 30’s – pregnancy hormones
- If you had children in your 20’s or 30’s, pregnancy can cause significant changes in your hair. Any pre-existing hair problems experienced in your 20’s may be exacerbated with the arrival of a new ‘bundle of joy’.
- Low Ferritin (iron stores) can be key a factor, as pregnancy diminishes your iron stores. This is simple to rectify by taking a high strength iron supplement until your Ferritin level gets to 100, then maintaining it with a lower strength supplement.
- Deal with this relatively quickly and your hair should recover without having to do much else. If a number of years have elapsed, simply restoring your iron will not restore your hair fully, you will need to use a stimulant to help it on its way, topical lotions may be enough, laser therapy may be more beneficial.
Hair in your 40’s – thinning hair
- Your hair may not be as thick as it once was, especially if you had a family in your 30’s. If a hair loss problem developed then and you didn’t have the time / finances to deal with it, now is the time to act.
- It is still always best to start with a blood test and check if everything is at an optimum level or if any new issues have developed, deal with them first.
- As in your 30’s, if you have had an issue which has caused your hair to gradually thin and it has been allowed to continue for some time, simply rectifying the cause won’t restore it to its prime, you will need to use a stimulant, such as topical lotions or laser therapy to help it on its way.
Hair in your 50’s – the monopause and hair loss
- Stay away from hard lines and extreme hairstyles in your 50’s and opt for softer styles to frame your face.
- Hormonal changes in your 50s will have an impact on your hair.
- During your 50’s your periods will stop if they haven’t already, if you’ve been battling to maintain your iron stores over the last three decades, it should become easier.
- Hair loss in your 50’s is less related to iron deficiency; however with the drop in female hormones if you are genetically predisposed to hair loss, this is when it starts to become apparent.
- With post-menopausal hair loss, you don’t tend to see hair falling away excessively; your scalp becomes more visible particularly at the front and not as manageable as it once was. The earlier this is treated the better, treatment is based more around keeping what you’ve got and improving it to some degree, rather than restoring your hair to how it was in your 20’s and 30’s. Supplements do not appear to cause a marked improvement in this type of hair loss
Sally-Ann’s top tip: “Stimulants can really help, of which there are two types; lotions or lasers. Lotions are applied once or twice a day; the pros are they are quite cost effective, the cons are that they are usually applied after drying your hair which then can make it feel tacky and stick together, causing the hair to appear thinner than it really is. Laser therapy is a good long term solution, light at a specific wavelength stimulates circulation and nutrients to the hair follicle, stimulating and regulating hair growth. Wearable home laser therapy such as the TheradomeTMLH80 Pro Laser Helmet, £649 theradomeforhairloss.co.uk are easy to use as you can just put it on your head while you’re watching the TV or working on your laptop. The cons are that the initial outlay is high, but the lasers are designed to last around 5000 hours so it should last you a very long time.”
Hair in your 60’s – finer hair and scalp exposure
- In this decade and beyond, the same happens with our hair as our skin, it ages. Each strand of hair becomes slightly finer so will give less scalp coverage.
- Hair treatments become less effective and more limited, as many are contra-indicated to other health conditions and medications common in the over 60’s.
- It is essential we look after our hair. We spend thousands on anti-ageing for our face, but give very little thought to our hair, which also goes through the ageing process.
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