Americans refuse to believe or understand that they are getting old. What I really mean by this is, as we age our hair and scalp hair also ages. When clients come in and I relay to them that their follicles age and thinning is normal and it’s part of the natural growth process age, they don’t want to give in to that fact . When you’re 80…..65, 50 or even 45 years of age, some women and men experience a degree of thinning or hair loss. For example, with age we suffer inflammatory issues such as arthritis, erectile dysfunction (or should we really mention that…), menopause, a reduction of collagen production which results in jowels, sagging and wrinkles. Also, aches and pains which come with age and repetitive use of limbs, weight gain, from thyroid issues and natural metabolic decreases, circulatory issues, reduction in estrogen and testosterone levels which causes their own set of issues………. As a result- this results in a loss of hair density and in the way our hair looks. It doesn’t feel as thick and vibrant and voluminous anymore.
Some women and men actually start to see a loss of density in the apex and temporal regions and also some women experience thinning across the entire scalp. This results from the follicle experiencing ‘miniaturisation’ or the follicle grows smaller over time and the hair’s life cycle shortens. So…….. for that reason, the hair ages.
There are things that we can do to manage this.
Our natural eye and hair color are given to us as determined by our DNA. If our natural hair color is a sandy brown and we have hazel, grey or blue eyes…. Then no matter what we do, our hair will always continually grow in sandy brown and we will always have blue eyes. There’s nothing that we can do about that. As far as our hair is concerned, we CAN use hair products that will reduce the amount of DHT which is secreted through are sebaceous glands, consequently laying on the scalp and eventually leading to miniaturization. We CAN do something about that. We can ingest DHT blockers to manage hereditary hair loss. And we can also use stimulators to increase blood flow and also block DHT topically. Stem cell therapies, caffeine-enriched shampoos, astressin-b peptides, blockers added to shampoos, nanoplex therapies … The list goes on .
There are also natural therapies that we can ingest to manage estrogen levels and testosterone thereby increasing your chances of keeping your hormones level. But, whenever you cease taking them, your natural declining hormonal levels will eventually take over and you will experience the loss and diffusion once again. The key is to maintain use of all these products-all at the same time or, ‘walk, talk and chew gum all at the same time while managing your hair’s issues.’ Be diligent and do it ALL THE TIME.
Although it is easier said than done, we can also eat better. Giving your body better higher quality, fiber rich, nutrient dense foods provides optimal health . Fresh juices, fruits , vegetables flaxseed, sprouted grain, chia seeds, Cutting down on sugar whole are always better than the American diet alternatives . This provides a better playing field for everything else in your body to work properly.
We can get more rest. Melatonin provides hair follicle immune privilege. When our body says we need to rest, this is also good for your hair. We can stress less . Stress constricts blood vessels reducing the amount of blood flow and oxygen to the hair and the scalp. Stress hormones such as cortisol are released when we stress causing it’s own set of issues. Stress also induces immune system reactions causing the body to attach itself such as alopecia and its demons……areata and anagen effluvium (early, premature fallout). Lupus breakouts and psoriasis during high stress levels become aggravated often resulting in numerous scalp problems and sensitivities.
Get yearly physicals and blood tests and listen to your body. Keeping on top of your blood tests will alert you to the fact if your iron storage is low common your estrogen or testosterone levels, thyroid levels or immunoglobulins levels are out of sync. Vitamin D levels can be managed eating improper bodily function, homeostasis and thereby, by hair growth.
This is L.Quarles, your trichologist.