Is your hair acting out? Suddenly feeling drier or more brittle than you remember? Thinner or less manageable?
Have you looked at yourself in the mirror and wondered, “What is going on?”
You’re not alone.
Many women over 40 are experiencing similar changes—in a BIG way.
Changes come in waves, some slow and subtle and others make you feel like you’re a different person overnight. Let’s start at the top with the mane attraction––your hair. What was once thick and lustrous may have started to become dull and grey. And even if you always had thinner hair, it’s hard to ignore there’s even less there to gripe about.
So what’s going on? And more importantly, what can you do about it?
Here are a few tips that will take the stress out of dealing with your mature tresses:
Dull, Dry & Brittle Hair
Most women experience a change in the texture and appearance of their hair as they age. We’re not just talking about the pesky grays (more on that later), but the unmistakable coarse and brittle nature that serves as an unrelenting reminder that mother nature is turning the hands of time.
What’s going on:
One word – hormones.
Yes, they’re back again.
Actually, it’s what’s missing that’s at play here. Estrogen levels steadily decline as women reach their forties and head towards menopause (oh no!). As a result, testosterone levels––the same sex hormone in men––start to dominate. Now, testosterone isn’t all bad (it actually can help women live longer), but it does come with a price and that often means drying, dulling, thinning hair.
What you can do about it:
First and foremost, put the styling products down. That’s right, while your instinct is to style your way out of lackluster hair, you are in fact adding to the problem. Sorry, but your styling products are most likely further drying or damaging your hair. Don’t worry! You actually have an ACE up your sleeve that can help...
Okay, not literally, but take a peek into your medicine cabinet or refrigerator, we’re talking about Vitamins A, C, and E all of which help promote cell and tissue growth. Add to that a healthy diet of foods rich in calcium, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids and you have a recipe for success.
You can, in fact, eat your way to more luscious locks, which will reduce your risk of overstyling and further damaging your hair. And don’t forget the obvious counter punch to dry, brittle hair—stay hydrated!
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