How Old Is Our Hair?
An expert reveals the signs of aging to your hair and how you can reverse it.
21:03 04 April 2016
Sally-Ann Tarver, an expert trichologist, helps you understand your hair’s health and reveals ways on how to stop or at least delay signs of aging to your locks.
She said that in your 20s is the best time for your to let your hair grow long and curly.
'Hair in your 20s should still be as thick and lustrous as it was in your teens. If you start to notice a problem act on it straight away, hair should not thin in this decade, so if it changes significantly you need to look in detail at your diet, lifestyle, partying habits and have some blood tests, especially if you have heavy periods. Deal with hair issues now or it will only get worse as you age and life gets more complicated,' says Sally-Ann.
'If you had children in your 20s or 30s, pregnancy can cause significant changes in your hair. Any pre-existing hair problems experienced in your 20s may be exacerbated with the arrival of a new bundle of joy. Low ferritin (iron stores) can be key a factor, as pregnancy diminishes your iron stores,' she says.
'This is simple to rectify by taking a high strength iron supplement until your ferritin level gets to 100, then maintaining it with a lower strength supplement. Deal with this relatively quickly and your hair should recover without having to do much else.
'If a number of years have elapsed, simply restoring your iron will not restore your hair fully, you will need to use a stimulant to help it on its way, topical lotions may be enough, laser therapy may be more beneficial.'
She added: 'Hopefully in your 40s you'll have a bit more money to spend on yourself and more time to invest in your hair – whether that's more regular trips to the hairdresser or finding products which suit you better.
'Your hair may not be as thick as it once was, especially if you had a family in your 30s. If a hair loss problem developed then and you didn't have the time or finances to deal with it, now is the time to act.
'It is still always best to start with a blood test and check if everything is at an optimum level or if any new issues have developed, deal with them first.
'As in your 30s, if you have had an issue which has caused your hair to gradually thin and it has been allowed to continue for some time, simply rectifying the cause won't restore it to its prime, you will need to use a stimulant, such as topical lotions or laser therapy to help it on its way,'
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