Age Related Hair Loss

“I may be a senior, but so what? I’m still hot.” That quote was said by the incomparable, super talented and funny actress Betty White, who at age 94 has a greater zest for life than many people half her age. Yes, age is relative and attitude goes a long way, assuming one has good health. However, it is human nature for all of us to worry about the outward signs of aging. Along with wrinkles and our clothes feeling a little tighter around the waistline, hair changes associated with aging can make a lot of people fret. If you are wondering why aging causes hair loss and other changes, you’ve come to the right place.

Aging and Hair Loss

Aging can cause many changes to your entire body. Your hair is one part of the body that is not spared by the aging process. Although the amount of hair loss due to aging is largely determined by genetics, nearly all people will experience some hair loss due to aging.

With the natural aging process, the hair begins to thin and fall out. Normally, hair falling out would be replaced with new hair growth, however as we age this happens less and less. 


Gray Hair

Most women remember when they spotted their first gray hair – it may have been in their 30s or 40s, but if it’s any consolation, by age 50, about 50% of people have some gray hair. Hair turns gray when cells stop producing pigment, a natural occurrence of age. While scientists have known for many years that the timeline for “going gray” is linked to genetics, they recently discovered a gray gene called IRF4. Along with potential solutions for delaying hair turning gray, the gene might improve researchers’ understanding of aging.

You can color your hair either professionally or at home. If you do this yourself, read all the instructions very carefully. If you get any in your eyes, it can not only be irritating but may cause permanent damage. Moreover, regular use of hair dye for a long duration has been linked to several kinds of cancer. You could always embrace and rock your gray hair like many celebrities have done – Jamie Lee Curtis, Emmylou Harris, Helen Mirren, and Blythe Danner, to name a few.


Aging Hair Loss

Regardless of age, it is normal to lose about 100 hairs per day. Thinning hair is a natural sign of aging and does not indicate an underlying problem unless the hair loss is severe. Hormonal changes can affect hair growth patterns, therefore, it is fairly common for menopausal women to experience both hair thinning and hair loss. Hair on the head and body may thin out, but the decrease in estrogen can cause more noticeable hair on upper lips or chins. Hair follicles also decrease in size with age so they produce finer hair, leading to an appearance of varying degrees of baldness, especially in men.

Your hair cycles through three phases continuously throughout your life – Growth stage, transition phase, and resting phase. Hair grows over a period of several years during the growth phase. It prepares to fall out during the shorter transition phase. During the resting phase, it falls out. As you age, each hair spends more time in the resting phase, meaning that you are shedding hair faster than it grows in.  

While some women experience sporadic or minor hair loss, millions have female pattern hair loss (FPHL). FPHL is the most-common cause of female hair loss and typically starts when a woman is in her 40s, 50s, or 60s. It is progressive, so without any treatment, hair loss continues. Sometimes it affects only the temples, but the hair loss may spread to other parts of the scalp.


Change in Hair Texture and Strength


Cells that comprise the hair's protective outer cuticle become increasingly fragile. A decrease in keratin protein levels and fatty acids leaves hair weaker, duller, and less elastic. This causes hair to break when pulled or stressed. Gray hair may seems coarser because oil glands produce less sebum as you age, resulting in drier and rougher textured hair. Aging hair simply cannot withstand the same kind of styling as it did when you were younger. Keeping your body hydrated is a good way to combat scalp and hair dryness. 


Anti-Aging Hair Tips and Solutions

  • Reduce Stress: Elevated levels of stress hormones can cause added hair loss on top of the natural occurrence of hair loss as we age. Lower your stress level by participating in stress reducing activities like meditation or breathing exercises. Making sure to get a good night's rest when possible is a great idea as well.

  • Exercise: Participating in exercise can increase circulation and help your scalp “act” younger by stimulating hair follicles to encourage growth. Aging can make bones brittle and muscles deteriorate, but keeping up with an exercise routine, even if it's light exercise, can help keep your entire body healthy as you age. Gentle exercise routines like yoga or walking are good choices.

  • Eating Healthy: Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of protein will help to give your body the energy it needs to produce healthy hair cells and encourage growth. A diet with a healthy amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, vitamins A, E and C, and calcium can also help to keep actively growing hair healthy.

  • Use Heated Styling Tools Sparingly: Use heated styling tools like flat irons and curling irons less often. When you do need to use them, make sure that they are set on the lowest heat setting and reduce contact times witih the hair to avoid damaging fragile fibers. Grey hair tends to be more brittle and dry than hair with all its natural pigment and heat styling damage can make it wiry and coarse. 

  • Medical Help: Minoxidil is available in brand and generic forms in liquid or foam. It has long been used to treat male pattern hair loss. Products containing either 2% or 5% minoxidil are also FDA approved for the treatment of FPHL.

  • Condition: Regular deep-conditioning treatments are essential to add shine and help smooth the hair cuticles. Argan oil is especially hydrating and is found in a number of hair products.

  • Air Dry: Skip blow drying whenever possible, allowing hair to dry naturally.

  • Vitamins: A biotin supplement of 3,000 mg/day is particularly helpful if you have a deficiency.

  • Conceal: If you’re having a bad hair day, you can always wear your favorite hat, head scarf, or perhaps a flattering wig.

Disguising Hair Loss

There are also several great ways to help disguise hair loss from aging. Hats and scarves can provide coverage while also adding a fashionable element to your outfits. Choose colors, patterns and shapes that compliment your skin tone and facial features to also help give you a more youthful appearance. This helps build confidence while disguising hair loss at the same time.



Toppers are a Perfect Solution for Thinning Hair

At Headcovers, we understand people experience different stages of hair loss and various balding patterns, therefore we have a huge selection of hairpieces to meet a wide array of coverage needs. Hair toppers can work to add fullness to thinning hair while also covering areas where hair loss occurs. While some people with hair loss from aging will need a full wig, we offer a great selection of toppers with varying degrees of coverage to help people with different coverage needs.   


Hair toppers and wiglets provide volume, fullness, and a natural look. They are perfect for people who don’t want to buy a full head wig, but wish to conceal small areas of thinning hair. You can determine the coverage you need based on whether you have a thinning crown, top, or part. Toppers are available in human and synthetic hair, different lengths, textures, styles, cap types, and colors – in prices to fit most budgets. Once you wear one, you will discover they blend so seamlessly with your natural hair color and favorite hairstyle that nobody will know you are wearing a topper! For those with more extensive hair loss we offer a large selection of natural looking wigs.

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