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Treatments for Aging Hair and Scalps

In a recent Maria Claire article, Botox For Your Hair?, it explores remedies for aging scalps and hair. The article includes a reference to the Hair Foundation’s partner, HairMax Lasercomb.

It begins by explaining one of our aging hair challenges: the production of less keratin.

According to Christyn Nawrot, a national educator for Phyto, “As hair ages, we produce less keratin — the protein that renders it strong and healthy — because our bodies can’t absorb essential minerals and vitamins as effectively.”

Without either adequate or high-quality keratin, our hair will become porous, prone to breakage and thinning. To help with this natural challenge, here’s six things you can do.

Strengthen your hair: Heat styling your hair is the greatest contributor to your hair’s aging and keratin depletion. The heat takes moisture from hair and makes it more difficult for minerals to develop, keeping free radicals away. Instead of using the usual conditioner after shampooing, use new products from Pureology, Redken, and Phyto to copy the hair’s lack of keratin.

Look for products with keravis, Keralink and botanical keratin.

Minimize stress: Just as stress affects your skin with breakouts, it also wreaks havoc on your hair. Toning down stress will help hair. Try yoga or meditation; however, with a serious condition, speak with your physician about treatments that will help your hair problems.

You Are What You Eat: Eating for fuel and good health is important for your body just as it is for hair. Practice a balanced diet with protein, iron, zinc and antioxidant-rich foods including berries and leafy green vegetables.

Eating on a regular basis will also have a positive effect on hair.

Scalps Need Love Too: The way you treat your face should also extend to your scalp. After conditioning it, the health of your hair will improve. The article recommends Philip Kingsley’s Scalp Tonic and Nioxin’s three-part systems to help rejuvenate hair, rebalance pH and rebuild the scalp.

Dove, Sally Hershberger, Kevin Murphy and Ojo also have serums with ingredients that will nourish your scalp.

Plump Up Your Hair: Just as faces lose their fullness and elasticity as we age, Intra-Cylane can help strands of hair increase its density. Another option is to have your hair stylist give you a hair color that will add depth to your hair shaft. It is also important to have soft colors around your face.

You may also want to alter your hairstyle as face shapes change as we age.

Losing Your Hair: Men and women lose hair as they get older. If you find either a large amount on your pillow or in the shower, you may want to contact your physician. If the problem involves a lot of hair loss, there is minoxidyl (Rogaine) and the HairMax LaserComb.

To learn more about hair loss and anti-aging, please check out the Hair Foundation’s website and our physician videos.



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