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Your Guide to Aging Hair: 6 Simple Tips

You can offset the effects of time, dyes and medications

To keep our hair looking good as we age, it needs special attention. Why? The sad story of our hair is that over time, fibers become thinner and begin to drop out — and never regenerate. Pigment cells stop producing as much pigment. Hormones that help stimulate follicle fibers diminish. Then, of course, there’s damage from chemicals used in hair dye.

But don’t despair. There are steps that women can take after menopause to offset these natural changes, says dermatologist Wilma Bergfeld, MD“You can do a lot to strengthen and repair your hair for a thicker, more lustrous sheen, she says.

Dr. Bergfeld offers these tips to love your hair at any age:

1. Wash less frequently

Don’t overdo shampoo, but you should wash your scalp at least twice per week. Use the type of shampoo — for thick or fine, oily or dry — that best suits your hair type.

2. Don’t forget conditioners and volumizers

These are an important part of the mix. They work like a splint to strengthen your hair, providing more volume per fiber. They also change the electrostatic charge so that fibers stand apart from one another and your hair has more visual volume.

3. If you color your hair, use the right products

Be sure to protect your hair with shampoos or conditioners made specifically for color-treated hair.

4. Eat a complete diet

Be sure you are eating enough overall. “As you age, you start to eat smaller portions because your taste level goes down, and you become nutritionally deficient,” Dr. Bergfeld says. “Usually, when a person says, ‘I’m on a healthy diet,’ they’re on a restricted diet.”

5. Don’t skim on protein

Dr. Bergfeld suggests women eat a little bit of low-fat red meat a couple of times a week. “This captures your protein and other vital nutrients. Also, with age, subtle thyroid disease sneaks in. Patients get a little tired and think it’s old age, but they have mild iron storage anemia.”

6. Check medications with your doctor

Talk to your doctor about how any of your medications could affect your hair, and ask for advice on how to help counteract negative effects.  Some  drugs  for conditions like cardiac disease or lipid-lowering medications can cause shedding of finer fibers, Dr. Bergfeld says. Also, when women stop hormone replacement medication, they should expect a fair amount of hair loss.

“There’s no one who has the hair at 60 or 70 that they had at 15,” Dr. Bergfeld says. “That’s why it’s important to take care of your hair as you age.”

Tags: aging, female patterned hair loss, hair, hair loss, male patterned hair loss
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  • br

    Wrong. I don’t dye or perm my hair and though I have a bit of gray, my hair is still shiny and thick.

    • AnkyNan

      Is it as thick as it USED to be, though? My hair is still thick, but not quite as much as it used to be & the hairs themselves are now finer than they used to be.

  • br

    And I am 64.

  • Lea

    What…recommending eating red meat, are you kidding? Not hard to guess where your funding is coming from!

    • AnkyNan

      “A little bit of low fat red meat” doesn’t exactly sound like the beef industry wrote this. If you choose not to, then don’t. My daughter, however, after 11 years being vegan, had to resume a basically Paleo diet. Extensive testing showed that her body doesn’t process legumes or grains – formerly a major part of her diet. She is much healthier all over now – including her now-again-shiny hair.

  • ecollins

    So what are some medication s .that cause ha is problem s

  • Teri

    Hello, i am 60 years old and my thick locks are now thin strings. I can not make a french roll. I am crushed. What can i do? Teri

  • SVGEEZ51

    I’ve been taking biotene (gummies) for about 1 1/2 mos. Its helping. Hair loss has diminished so I’m encouraged.

  • Mem

    I’m 63 and have dry thin hair. I’ve found the best remedy for dry hair is pure coconut oil. I put a bit (a little goes a long way) in my hair every day and it tames my locks without weighing them down.

  • LadyZ

    I was on Metoprolol for several years and lost a lot of hair. I wish I would have asked for a change in meds much sooner. It never did come back the way it was.

  • Guest

    I just turned 60. I let my hair grow out to celebrate. I still have about 90% of my original hair volume and my hair is about 99% its original color!