Hair is a very important part of the body and our personality. It also has the purpose of helping us maintain body temperature. In general, people associate baldness and gray hair with aging since, as we age, our hair begins to change.
Is there an approximate age at which we should worry about hair loss? On the following text we will solve your questions, join us to read.
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Why does hair change with age?
Around the age of 30, the hair suffers a decrease in melanin production, a natural pigment that gives color to the hair, so gray hair begins to appear from the siens and towards the top of the scalp. The process usually begins with a natural lightening, which gradually degrades from gray to white.
In addition to graying, the hair begins to lose thickness since the hair fibers with less pigment become smaller, so it is common to see how with age, thick and rough hair of youth, becomes fine, thin and light colored hair.
Finally, the hair follicles stop producing new hair. Hairs are made up of protein fibers and have a normal life of between 2 and 7 years. Usually, the hair that falls out is replaced by new ones, until the time comes when the follicle stops its production, and that is when the head is filled with gaps or bald areas.
At what age should I worry about hair loss?
The amount of hair and the average age at which the loss begins is determined by genetics, although factors such as diet, hormonal imbalances and some diseases also play a role. In general, we can observe our parents hair in order to know if we have a genetic predisposition to suffer from alopecia, have gray hair, or very thin and fragile hair.
While many adolescents begin to experience hair loss due to hormonal issues and, in some cases due to cases of alopecia, it is around the age of 20 when men suffer the true beginnings of hair loss, and in women the process begins around the age of 30.
In men, the most common cause of hair loss is androgenic alopecia which is related to testosterone and, if not treated, can cause young men under 30 to begin to show signs of baldness, or to be almost bald by the time they reach 40; however, the peak age for hair loss is usually between the ages of 50 and 60.
In women, the most frequent cause is female pattern alopecia, where the hair loses density and the hairline becomes more visible, and this condition usually begins after menopause due to a decrease in female hormones.
It is important to note, there are stages in life in which hair falls out abundantly, this is known as telogen effluvium or telogen phase, which is part of the hair cycle. In general, people lose 80 to 100 hairs a day to make way for new hair in the anagen or growth phase. But, factors such as the consumption of drugs can accelerate hair loss or affect hair growth: anticoagulants, antidepressants, contraceptives and antineoplastic drugs used in chemotherapy treatments.
Influence of food on hair health
There´s a saying: “you are what you eat”, which also applies to the health of our hair, which reflects the lack of nutrients in the form of dryness; excessive consumption of carbohydrates in the form of fat; and the absence of minerals in the diet as split ends.
A balanced diet rich in B vitamins will help make the hair more resistant to hair loss, as well as having a shiny and healthy appearance.
Hair loss after childbirth
During gestation, the hair remains in the resting stage, so it does not fall out and is even strengthened thanks to female hormones, so it can grow a lot and look shiny and silky. However, after giving birth, it is normal to experience fibers thinning and an accelerated fall, which is usually attributed to breastfeeding.
The explanation is the hormonal imbalance that happens after childbirth, in addition, women tend to neglect a little self-care when attending to the needs of the newborn (something totally normal), as well as suffering periods of stress due to sleepless nights and irregular feeding. The good news is that this period lasts about six months and the hair grows back once the hair cycle is normalized.
As you can see, there is no specific age for women’s hair loss and men’s hair loss since it is a multifactorial condition, with a very important genetic factor. However, if you notice that your hair becomes very fragile, that it falls out in strands even if you do not comb it and you have already begun to worry, it is time to take care of yourself and look for treatments in specialized centers such as Hairfix.
At Hairfix we are experts in treatments such as hair grafting and hair strengthening with mesotherapy, so we can help you fight your problem and recover the health and hair abundance. Make your appointment through our contact form, we will gladly assist you.