We all are familiar with “going grey” as we age, right? Well, did you know that we can also lose hair thickness as well? As we age, our hair can begin to naturally become thinner. Eventually, your hair that was once vibrant and thick can become grey and thin.
While there is nothing wrong with these natural aging processes, most of us don’t want to lose our lustrous hair! (Grey hair is chic, but thinning hair is never going to be in style.)
So how can we avoid hair thinning that might come with age? This post will explore that very subject. Here are 5 ways you can keep your hair thick and lush as long as possible.
First, why does hair become thinner with age?
When we get older, many things begin to change or slow down. We can be affected from head to toe in some regard. Our hair can certainly be affected.
When it comes to how (or if) our hair thins out with age, there are a lot of factors that play a role. Hormones, genetics, thyroid disorders, and nutritional deficiencies can all play a role in age-related hair thinning.
For women, menopause can play a really big factor in hair changes. Estrogen and progesterone are intimately linked with hair follicles and hair growth. So when these hormones become lower than normal, your hair growth cycle can change.
5 ways you can combat hair thinning
Here are a few ways you can combat natural age-related hair thinning.
#1 Talk to your doctor about your hormones
This first tip might be the most important on the list. As we age our hormones can fluctuate, especially for women. So, it’s important to stay in dialogue with your doctor about your changing hormones.
Our hormones play a very powerful role in our day-to-day life and bodily functions. When it comes to our hair, balancing hormones is a great way to combat hair thinning.
While hormone replacement is not for everyone, it is a great option for some. Talk to your doctor about your options.
#2 Don’t skimp on protein
Our hair is about 98% protein. If you have a diet that restricts protein you might be inadvertently affecting your hair health. Our hair growth cycle requires protein (and iron but we’ll get to that later).
Protein is required to make new cells that are involved in growing and maintaining healthy hair, bones, muscles, and skin.
For those trying to hit their protein goals, you might consider supplementing protein in protein-enriched foods.
#3 Treat thinning early with minoxidil
Minoxidil is the active ingredient in rogaine. This ingredient has been used for decades to help those re-thicken their hair. This is great for both men and women trying to enhance their hairline.
It’s thought that minoxidil helps stimulate hair growth by drawing more blood to the hair follicles. Without healthy follicle blood supply hair growth becomes disrupted. This is where minoxidil can help!
#4 Try regular follicle-stimulating scalp massages
Studies show that simply massaging the scalp can stimulate hair growth. A gentle scalp massage can help draw blood to the scalp (and hair follicles).
In a recent study, 70% of participants with hair loss saw a decrease of hair loss and an increase of hair growth — just by massaging the scalp for 11-20 minutes per day.
You can also combine this massage tip with using diluted peppermint oil on the scalp. When applied to the scalp peppermint oil can increase blood circulation which can stimulate hair growth.
#5 Get your iron levels tested and supplement if necessary
Iron is an essential mineral. A deficiency in iron is also called anemia. Hair loss is a common symptom of anemia because iron is necessary for hair growth.
Perimenopausal women are commonly deficient in iron due to changes in their menstruation.
If you’re feeling whole body fatigue, malaise, dizziness, cold hands, and feet, weakness, irregular heartbeats, brittle nails, or headaches — talk to your doctor and consider getting your iron levels tested. If they are low they can contribute to thinning hair.