|Whilst changes to our skin and body are something we expect, what many women do not realise is that our also hair changes as we age.
Aside from going grey, here are six other ways your hair changes after 40:
1. Colour: Whilst there is research that supports the theory that stress does contribute to the greying process, it is also the build-up of hydrogen peroxide that ultimately kills pigment cells which leads to loss of colour.
2. Density: How much hair you will lose is mainly linked to genetics, but everyone’s hair starts thinning after the age of 40.
3. Strength & Elasticity: The cells that form your hair’s protective outer cuticle become more fragile, and along with a dip in keratin protein levels hair becomes weaker and less elastic so it tends to snap, rather than bounce back when pulled or stressed.
4. Diameter: After 40, the thickness of individual pigmented strands decreases, so it becomes finer overall, even though grey hair tends to be coarser and thicker.
5. Growth: Hair growth rate slows as one gets older with less time in the growth phase and more in the resting phase, which means it will grow more slowly, and won’t be able to grow as long as it once did.
6. Shine & Texture: A natural loss of fatty acids and keratin proteins makes hair duller and more vulnerable to damage, so colouring and heat styling rough up the hair’s surface and damage its inner cortex, too. Grey hair also does not reflect light, as well as smoother younger hair, does.
There is little that can really be done to completely reverse hair loss however, adopting a comprehensive hair and scalp care programme can make a difference. Why hair AND SCALP – for healthy hair one needs a healthy scalp, so making sure your scalp is in tip-top condition is critical.