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by Better Not Younger
August 15, 2020
You thought you were having a good hair day — but a quick glimpse in a mirror or car window reflection can be more than enough to ruin your day. Since you hit your 40s, age has not been a friend to your tresses, leaving them dry and even a bit scrawny.
Women’s hair loss is a serious issue and may be more common than you might think. Harvard Health claims as many as two-thirds of postmenopausal women will encounter bald spots or hair thinning. Furthermore, female-pattern hair loss, the most notable form of the condition, impacts nearly 30 million U.S. women, according to Cleveland Clinic.
Female pattern hair loss is considered a progressive condition that advances with age. In addition to the aesthetic impact, hair loss can negatively impact and re-shape a woman’s self-image. Despite this, there are things you can do to solve your thinning hair issues — some solutions work in the short term, while others work holistically to provide you with long-lasting results.
Your sense of fun and adventure has no expiration date, so why should your locks? Keep reading to learn how you fix your thinning mane and make all of your hair days great again.
Thin hair refers to the number of individual strands rather than the width of each hair shaft. On average, the number of hairs on your head at any given time is about 100,000; however, this number can decline with age as follicles stop regenerating new strands to replace those that fall out. Also, the diameter of each hair fiber that emerges may be narrower (finer) than the one it replaced — this is because menopause triggers high levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), causing your hair follicles to shrink.
As your hair becomes increasingly fine and thin, more of your scalp skin becomes visible, and your fragile strands are prone to breakage. You may need to seek new ways to deal with these unanticipated styling challenges.
When your hair starts to look and feel thinner, you need a fix ASAP. Fast fixes can include new styling techniques, an updated cut, or trying quality hair care products:
If more scalp is showing at your usual part line, mix things up by parting your hair lower than usual or on the other side of your head. By creating your part in a spot where your scalp has higher hair density, you can add instant volume and provide the illusion of thicker hair.
If a style that worked for you before is falling flat, this could be the perfect time to try a new do. A bob or shag style haircut can add volume to thinning hair and make it easier to camouflage your scalp’s skimpy areas. By trimming at least a quarter-inch of your hair regularly, you reduce split ends that would otherwise lead to thinning and breakage.
Certain styling products can weigh down your hair with heavy conditioners and silicones and tend to make your sparse hair look even thinner. Bouncy hair appears thicker, so seek volumizing options to add fullness while you clean, condition, and style your tresses.
The underlying strength of your hair biology requires long-term steps to fortify and thicken your hair. The fruits of your persistence will take longer to see, but following these tips will make you, your scalp, and your hair healthier for years to come.
During and after the hormonal changes of menopause, your body is less able to absorb and retain nutrients from your food as efficiently as it once did. Therefore, even if your diet has remained constant, you could develop a nutritional deficiency as you age. Your body needs a steady stream of vitamins and minerals to fabricate hair, and a lack of micronutrients could result in hair loss.
To overcome deficiency-related hair loss, look to dietary supplements like BNY’s Significant Other Hair Fortifying Vitamins. Just two delicious gummies per day supply the zinc, biotin, folic acid, and vitamins A, C, D, and E that your follicles require for strong, healthy, and thicker hair.
Aging hair is more fragile and vulnerable to breakage from high-heat styling tools like hairdryers, flat irons, and curling irons.
To shield your tresses from the split ends and broken strands that lead to thinner-looking locks, apply a heat protection product like Better Not Younger’s No Remorse Heat Protection & Taming Spray.
With avocado oil to resist high temperatures and argan oil for moisture retention, this heat protection spray keeps your aging hair healthy, moisturized, and frizz-free.
Your body’s maturing physiology rewards you with reduced strand tensile strength, a dry scalp, and thinning hair. A nightly scalp massage with Better Not Younger’s Superpower Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum nourishes your skin and strands to engender healthy hair growth.
With caffeine to galvanize your follicles, ginger to boost circulation, and oleanolic acid to block DHT levels, your hair will grow in thicker and more resilient than ever.
You do not have to cringe every time you pass a mirror. Thinning hair is more common than most of us would like, but there are options to help you today and tomorrow. Nourish your body with a healthy diet and adopt Better Not Younger’s holistic approach to address your scalp and strand issues.
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