It still feels a bit weird to me that I’m at the point in my life that aging is a thought. Ahhhh to be forever young, not sure I would want that but adjusting to aging is still tough at times. I’ve traded daring makeup, late night club hopping, and fast food for comfy pj’s, chamomile tea and wrinkle cream.
There are a few things about aging that I totally expected. I knew my body and skin would change but other than maybe getting a few grays, I wasn’t expecting my hair to change. The changes in my hair have become more noticeable lately and it was time for me to get a handle on it.
If you are dealing with hair thinning or hair loss, you and I are not alone. *Up to 42% of women will notice some hair loss in her lifetime. When I first noticed thinning in my hair I attributed it to stress and maybe the way I was styling my hair. The leading cause of hair loss for women is actually genetics; Hereditary Hair loss can come from either the maternal or paternal side of one’s family. 90% of hair loss cases are attributed to Hereditary Female Pattern Baldness and not stress.
When it came to skincare I started using anti-aging products way before I had any visible signs of aging. When dealing with hair loss we need to treat it the same way, the earlier we get a handle on it the better. Adding a product like Women’s ROGAINE® can help most women start regrowing fuller, thicker hair in as little as 12 weeks. Applying the Women’s ROGAINE® foam directly to the scalp once a day can help new hairs come in up to 48% thicker than before based on mean hair strand diameter.
Adding a new product to my lineup was the first change, but my whole hair care routine needed some adjustments. The first change I made was to ditch the shampoo. I didn’t to go and toss all my bottles just yet, but I am using them less often. Shampoo can often be harsh and stripping to the hair. My scalp isn’t oily and I don’t use a lot of styling products that cause buildup so shampooing isn’t always necessary. I added more cleansing balms and conditioners into the rotation. When I feel the need for a better scalp cleanse I will rinse with ACV (apple cider vinegar). Cutting my use of traditional shampoo down to only a few times a month keeps my hair from drying out.
The next change I made was small but a hard habit to break. We can be so rough on our hair in ways we don’t even realize. I have stopped drying my hair with a regular towel. Vigorously rubbing your hair in a towel to dry it or remove moisture is way harsh, it roughs the outer layer of the hair causing breakage and frizz. Wet hair is fragile, treat in gently. Try using a microfiber towel or a cotton T-shirt to blot excess moisture without friction.
I have also learned to let go. My hair had always been relatively thick and full, so thinning hair wasn’t something I was ready for. What I have come to learn is that the right haircut and style can make all the difference in hairs appearance. The easiest way to revive hair is to get a cut. Long scraggly hair can accentuate the negatives. Instead of being anxious about getting a cut, now I embrace it. Ditching my dry, split ends and adding strategic layers helped mask my thinner spots and gave my hair new life.
With a few changes in routine and some new products in the lineup, we can craft an anti-aging routine to actually prevent further thinning by regrowing fuller, thicker hair. We can be proactive with aging, we don’t have to just accept the changes and try to mask them.