Hair Loss

Q. What causes hair thinning as we age? – My Hair Secret

Hair thinning is a problem many of us experience as we age. It can be quite traumatic because our hair is one of the first things people see. In those first few seconds of judgement, your hair plays a key role on how you are perceived. Having a full head of healthy hair can help you feel and look more youthful and confident, so when you suffer from hair problems, this confidence can be depleted.

There are many reasons we may see a decrease in the amount and/or quality of hair we are producing. Hormone imbalance, medication, stress, unhealthy lifestyles, poor hair care, hairstyles that damage hair or the scalp and medical conditions are some of the reasons we may experience poor quality hair growth. Each hair follicle has its own blood supply and if the hair growth cycle is disrupted or the follicle has shrunk, there can be a restricted supply of blood and nutrients to the follicle. The hair growth cycle can be disrupted by a stressful event, shock, illness or a difficult period in your life.

It is reported that one of the main reasons for hair thinning, especially as we age is an increased sensitivity to a hormone called DHT (5α-Dihydrotestosterone) which attacks your hair follicles, causing them to shrink and produce less hair than before. Don’t dismay, there are things that you can do to try and rectify the issue. 


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You can follow a few hair hygiene tips to make your hair less likely to fall out: Avoid hairstyles that pull on the hair - Avoid high-heat hair styling tools - Don't chemically treat or bleach your hair - Use a shampoo that's mild and suited for your hair - Use a soft brush made from natural fibers - Try low-level light therapy.

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