How to Stop Your Natural Hair From Aging

by Sabrina Perkins of
Yes, we know we need to be exercising for our health as well as eating right. Both of those things are seriously important as we age but are we caring for our hair for our health as well? Most Naturals I know are super particular about what they put in their hair (me included) but as the grays start popping up (and they have) and the hair starts to thin (that too!) are we making sure we are doing all that we can to take care of it?

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I'm Not 26 and Neither Is My Hair...

by Sabrina Perkins of

Well, it's true. I'm not 26...I'm not 30...not even 35 and I passed up 40 a couple of years ago. Yup, that's right....I'm 42 and will hit 43 around Labor Day. What does that all mean? That just means my hair is 42 too and it ain't like it was when I was 26 just like my body isn't either.

I just wanted to share because if you are like me sometimes you miss the old you. The YOU that could eat anything, do anything, wear anything and do anything to your hair and you could bounce back with no issues, problems, or regret. I had thicker hair, a thinner body frame and didn't even need to wear a bra! Yea, that was a CHOICE at the time. Ha!

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Understanding and Caring For Gray, Natural Hair

that's my momma :)

Unfortunately, hair is not exempt from the physical changes that happen as you age -- it becomes drier, less lustrous, and for most of the population, gradual loss of pigment progresses from an occasional gray strand to a scattering of gray hairs throughout the scalp, culminating at some point into completely gray or white hair.

Usually, in a person’s thirties (or earlier, depending upon genetics or health factors), their melanocytes begin to slow down in their production of melanin. This typically occurs just in a few follicles and then gradually spreads throughout the scalp. Random hairs may become lighter and may not even be noticed, but eventually some begin to show as gray or white. This is much more noticeable in darker hair, so the perception is often that people with black hair go gray earlier, but that is probably not the case. As melanin particles disappear from the cortex, certain changes to the structure and properties of the hair can be expected. While people do experience their gray hair as being very similar to their pigmented hair, this is definitely not universally true. It is possible that those who had more highly pigmented hair to begin with (brunette, as opposed to blonde) will experience greater changes in the physical properties of their hair once those pigments are gone.

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