When we think about visible signs of aging, we usually think about our skin. But the aging process also can affect the color, thickness, and even the texture of our hair. While we can’t completely stop the progress of time, there are a few things we can do to improve the health of our hair and reclaim the look that makes us feel more fully like ourselves. Keep reading to learn how hair color and hair texture can change with age, and what you can do to have your best hair now.
How Hair Changes With Age
Hair Texture Changes
Many people notice a change in their hair’s texture as they age. Curly hair can become straighter, while straight hair might develop a wave it never had before.
While the phenomenon isn’t completely understood, many hair experts think that changes in hair texture with age have to do with fluctuating hormone levels. Also, gray hair naturally is coarser than pigmented hair, which can account for some change in hair texture as we age.
Hair Gets Thinner
Our hair also tends to thin as we age. Hair shedding speeds up as growth slows, which means that there may be fewer strands overall on our head. And the hair that does grow tends to have a smaller circumference. This leads to an overall loss of volume and body. But never fear! There are many things you can do to help get back to thicker, fuller hair. Read on to see styling tips, hair products and, of course, drug-free supplements for thicker, fuller hair.*
Hair Turns Gray
For many, gray hairs are the first tell-tale signs of aging. Hair goes gray naturally when the hair follicles stop producing pigment. Most people start to see gray hairs starting in their mid-30s. But if you’re younger than 35 and are seeing lots of grays, you probably have your parents to thank because going gray early is a genetic trait. Also, some lifestyle factors like high stress levels or an unhealthy diet can also cause hair to lose its pigment.
Hair Gets Drier and Brittler
As we age, our oil glands begin to shrink and don’t produce oil as effectively as they used to. For our skin, this means dryness plus more fine lines and wrinkles. But the same process also can affect our scalp, which causes hair to become drier with age. Dry, brittle hair is more prone to breakage, which exacerbates the issue of thinning hair.
4 Ways to Diminish the Effects of Aging on Hair
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to improve the appearance of your hair (no matter your age!):
1. Use Volumizing Products
Swap out your hair products for a line that boosts volume and body. This can help you get back to the thick and full-looking hair you had when you were younger.
Start by washing hair with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo, then follow with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner. These products are designed to work together to gently cleanse and lightly condition with Ana:Tel™ complex plus the key nutrients Biotin, Keratin and Zinc to leave hair looking naturally thicker and fuller.
Then, apply a small amount of Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir throughout damp hair, and style or blow-dry as usual. Viviscal Elixir is a lightweight, body-boosting styling serum that makes fine locks look thicker and fuller.
2. Use a Gentle Brush
Take extra care when you’re detangling your hair to avoid snapping any fine strands. Use a gentle brush designed for fine hair with rounded, plastic prongs and a soft base. If you must detangle wet hair, use only a wide-tooth comb. Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair, and requires extra TLC to avoid breakage.
3. Limit Heat Styling
Hot tools like curling irons and straighteners can zap the moisture out of strands. If you already have dry and brittle hair, heat styling is only going to make the situation worse. Instead, focus on creating volume with good body-boosting hair products and a hair dryer on a low setting, which is less damaging for brittle strands.
4. Nourish Your Hair
While taking a hair growth supplement won’t directly affect hair texture, it can make your hair thicker and look healthier overall. Viviscal hair growth† supplements are scientifically proven to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth using a combination of the marine collagen complex, AminoMar™, plus key vitamins and minerals. In clinical studies+, women saw a 32% increase in the number of terminal hairs, and a nearly 40% decrease in hair shedding after just three months. So it truly helps you reclaim the hair that makes you, fully you.*
Have you experienced a change in hair texture as you age? Let us know in the comments!
†Existing hair growth
+Ablon, G.; Dermatol Res Pract, 2015.