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Into Thin Hair

"Hair loss and aging"
By: Vanessa ValenzuelaInto Thin Hair

Most women can live with “graying” as part of aging, but what may be difficult to accept is the part that this stage of adult life can come with thinning of their crowning glory. Yes, it can happen to women too—hair loss and thinning of hair are not just men’s problems.

A hair strand is made from protein and grows from a follicle in the skin. A single hair strand can stay in your head for up to five years before it falls out and is replaced by a new one. Normally you grow about half an inch of hair every month but when you start to age, especially for women who undergo menopause, the rate of hair growth slows down. Same goes for the levels of keratin—the protein that makes hair strong—and sebum or natural oil. As a person grows older, the production of sebum and keratin slows down, resulting to weaker, drier hair.

Aging also causes most of your follicles to produce much thinner hair than before and leave some awkward parts with a few thick and coarse hairs in the lip or chin area.  Some hair follicles stop producing new hair completely.

What can you do to lessen hair loss and breakage? Since your hair is now a bit more prone to damage than before, start handling it with extra care. Hold off on styling your hair too much or doing tight ponytails and buns. Same goes for those who use hair dryers, curling irons, or rollers a lot. Stress and poor nutrition can worsen hair condition. Switching to a healthier lifestyle is a good move. Cover up against too much element exposure: ultraviolet rays and exposure to strong winds can cause further damage. Use hair products that offer extra protection against the elements.

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