The rate at which our hair grows follows a natural process. That being said, as we get older, hair growth gradually declines and in some cases, stops. Like ailments and other diseases, ageing is one of the many factors that elicit hair loss and hair thinning problems in both men and women.
The hair grows half an inch per month and a single strand has a normal life span of 4 to 5 years. Generally, a person tends to lose between 50–100 hair shafts per day. However, when ageing takes a toll on body, the approximate amount of hair strands we lose every day either takes longer to regrow, some don’t grow back—eventually leading to hair loss and hair thinning problems.
Indeed, aging disrupts the development of the hair follicles. As our body starts to deteriorate, our hair follicles will also begin to shrink, atrophy, and die.
In most cases, aging makes our hair coarser and drier. It also changes the elasticity and texture of our hair strands due to the lack of moisture in the scalp skin. Some individuals will also notice that their hair becomes thinner, finer, duller and lifeless.
Although, we can’t stop the ageing process since this is a normal part of life, we can slow it down by simply learning these guidelines. Using these tips will not only stop the onset of age-induced hair loss , but it will also promote healthier body.
- Relax and free your mind from stress.
Stress causes the body to age. Hence, to reduce the amount of stress, you need to channel your negative energy to various activities (e.g., yoga, meditation, sports, and outdoor games) to release the buildup of tension in your body.
- Have a proper diet, eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eating a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is essential for the healthy growth of the hair strands. Intake of food rich in antioxidants (e.g., blueberries, walnuts, beans, red apples and artichoke) not only helps repair damage hair follicles, but also promotes healthier body.
- Take your daily multivitamins.
Nutrients found in vitamins and mineral are needed by the body and the hair follicles to survive. That said, eating fruits and vegetables is not enough; you also need to take supplements or multivitamins to support its healthy development.
- Don’t skip your exercise routine.
A daily exercise, at least 30 minutes a day, burns excess fat and tones the muscles. Exercising also strengthens cardiovascular system, maintains blood sugar level, improves stamina and boosts immunity; hence, promoting healthier hair and body.
- Drink plenty of water.
To flush out toxins as well as to keep your hair and skin healthy and hydrated, always make sure to drink plenty of water. You also need to stay away from caffeinated and carbonated drinks since they cause dehydration.
- Have adequate sleep and rest.
As much as possible, make sure to get undisturbed quality sleep every night. This is essential to allow the body the rest and repair it needs. Having adequate amount of sleep, approximately 7–8 hours, helps improve concentration, regulates hormones, sharpens reflexes, and reduces stress levels