When it comes to anti-aging, that ceaseless, sometimes bitter war between you and the encroaching signs of aging, its oh so satisfying when you’re winning, we often focus on the skin exclusively. I mean really, we mostly focus on the face, but sometimes we’ll think about the skin on other body parts too, and Vine Vera is pretty good about pointing out helpful advice for the areas that aren’t the face.
But what about anti-aging for a part of your body that doesn’t even have skin? Might sound silly, but there’s actually something to it. In case you haven’t caught on by now, we’re talking about your hair. While it doesn’t need the same kind of care as skin, your hair absolutely does change as you age, so any full, comprehensive anti-aging strategy should include the hair. As you grow older, your hair will thin if you don’t do anything about it, particularly after you hit menopause. The color will gradually drift towards gray, and the texture might even change, all telltale signs of age.
And as such, today, Vine Vera’s going to be throwing some of our very favorite hair-related anti-aging tips for your perusal.
Yes, nutrition can indeed affect the quality of your hair. If this surprises you, consider that just as nutrition affects the functioning of the majority of your body, including external parts like the skin, it’s only natural that your hair might be affected too.
Specifically, biotin, vitamin C, and keratin supplementation can help improve the quality of your hair. You can often find pills that contain a supplement of each of these things mixed together in a specialized “hair care” supplement. Do note, though, that this will only affect new hair growth, and not the hairs already on your head, but they can help the new growth to stay healthy, vigorous, and grow out longer and stay thicker.
As we mentioned, one major cause of hair thinning and degradation is hormonal in nature. Menopausal women often experience a rapid increase in the rate of hair thinning as they continue to age, and a lack of estrogen can negatively affect the texture of your hair, too. This can also happen to a lesser extent even if you’re pre-menopausal, because your hormone levels can change slightly with age even before menopause.
So whether you’re pre or post-menopausal, consider making an appointment with your doctor and discussing hormonal supplementation. Bringing your estrogen levels a bit higher and within a healthy range will not only help your hair, preventing or even reversing thinning, but it can also make your skin softer and decrease your pore size.
Natural oils, especially argan oil and coconut oil, can help you restore moisture and shine to rough, damaged, hair, and help prevent thinning and breakage. Try mixing a small dab into your conditioner, work some into your hair after you get out of the shower, or for intensive deep conditioning, warm some up a little, put on a very generous amount (seriously, make your hair as greasy as possible) at night, put a shower cap, wig cap. Or similar over it, and go to bed. The next morning, wash out the excess oil and your hair should be incredibly soft.