14 Everyday Mistakes That Are Aging Your Hair
Some hair thinning can be expected leading up to menopause, thanks to hormonal changes. But any one of these things could be making it worse.
Your diet is lacking key nutrients
“Menopause causes thinning and fall of hair in almost all women due to the decrease in estrogen levels that are a normal part of menopause,” says Dr. Yadav. Some cases are more extreme, with women noticing the patchy balding called female pattern hair loss. Eating iron- and calcium-rich foods like spinach, dairy, and eggs can help. If hair loss is extreme and noticeable work with your doctor to rule out underlying medical issues that could be throwing your hormones out of whack. Watch out for these other signs your hair is desperate for certain nutrients.
You’ve been skipping your workouts
Exercise is great for your heart, brain, and pretty much every other part of your body—hair included. If you’ve been getting less physical activity as you age, your body isn’t the only part of you that’s missing out. Anti-aging hair is dependent on the blood-pumping benefits of a healthy circulatory system. “Get as much circulation as you can get,” says Burns. “Blood flow to the scalp is great.”
Your shampoo is too intense
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As your hair gets drier through the years, a clarifying shampoo might be too strong. “Using a heavier shampoo like detoxifying shampoos might strip natural oils from the hair,” says Saviano. “You feel squeaky clean, which is good, but if you’re not using conditioner, your hair will look dull.” Talk to your stylist about the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.
You ignore self-care
Emotional and physical stress take a toll on your body, and your body might respond by putting the breaks on some of your hair follicles, says Dr. Shainhouse. To keep stress from making age-related hair loss more pronounced, make sure you’re addressing sources of chronic stress in your life. Talk to a mental health provider about coping strategies, or pick up stress-busting activities like meditation and exercise. Check out these 12 little things that happen to your body after just 15 minutes of meditation; you’ll be amazed.