Hair Ages in 2 Ways:
- Chronological Aging
- This type of aging is related to hair length. The middle of the hair to the ends are the oldest part of the hair and have been through the most. Mechanical, environmental and chemical distress leave the hair dry, thin and sensitized and/or porous.
- Hormonal Aging
- Hormonal aging occurs as a result of the physiological changes that women experience as they grow older. This ultimately results in slowed scalp activity and a decline in melanin, the hair's natural source of protection and defense against age-accelerating aggressors.
- Hair should be at its thickest and strongest
- Scalp produces sufficient amounts sebum which produces a healthy shine
- External damage from your twenties begins to show
- There is a slight decline in sebum produced and hair isn't as shiny
- The diameter of the hair shaft starts to shrink make it thinner and more fragile
- A decline in melanin levels leads to gray hair
- Most women are 50% gray by age 50 due to the steep decline in melanin
- Follicles continue to shrink resulting in overall finer and thinner including the hairline
- Nearly 40% of women experience some degree of hair loss by age 60, mostly around the crown leaving hair thin and lackluster.
Are your kinks, curls and waves older than your chronological age? leave a comment below.
All this tells me is that I need to appreciate the (fine ass) hair I have now 'cause it ain't getting no better, lol.