Taking care of your hair Lauren May 16, 2014 FASHION It happens to almost everyone: as you age, your hair begins to go thin and bald. Some are luckier than others, but no one can escape the natural process of aging. Still, there are plenty of ways to combat hair loss. Various natural treatments and preventative measures are available, and, as medical technology and research advances faster with each passing day, the options for prolonging the life of your beautiful head of hair are becoming better and more accessible. The importance of staying healthy and managing your appearance cannot be overstated, so let’s take a look at some of the ways to keep your hair healthy. Moisturize As you age, your body begins to produce less of its natural oils. Sure, you might think that a reduction in the greasiness of your hair would be great, but it is not. This will inevitably lead to a dry scalp and rough hair, neither of which you want. It’s important to stay hydrated – use moisturizing products for your hair in order to replace the lost oils. Also, if you swim in a chlorinated pool, consider taking extra steps to moisturize your hair as the chemicals can severely dry it out. Stay healthy Of course, it’s very important to stay healthy for a variety of reasons, but people often overlook the impact that their lifestyle choices have on their hair. Iron, vitamin D, zinc, iodine, and protein are all great for your hair, so keep a balanced diet and consider taking supplements to assist you. Also, smoking and drinking will contribute negatively to your hair’s longevity and quality. Finally, stress levels influence the color and loss of hair. Try to relax and avoid going gray! Counter thinning hair You lose hairs everyday, but as you age, the amount increases, and it stops growing back. This fact, combined with less healthy hair overall, makes your hair appear thin. There are a few ways to slow the thinning process. First, be sure to choose a style that suits your head of hair. For women, avoid layers. Instead, find a style that highlights volume and size, minimizing a thin appearance. You might also want to try specific supplements as hormonal changes in your body actually reduce the diameter of hairs. Hair restoration procedures Finally, if you still aren’t happy with your hair, there are various hair restoration procedures that can regenerate lost hair. Hair transplants are becoming increasingly popular, and there is little or no pain associated with the procedures. Skin from hair-producing regions of the scalp is transplanted to the bald areas, thus allowing new hair to grow in previously bald areas. It might sound invasive, but it is usually a simple outpatient procedure performed under local anesthetic. Within three to five months, hair will begin to grow again, and it looks quite natural. Finally, many people wonder if the results are permanent. In fact, since the skin is taken from areas of the scalp that are genetically resistant to baldness, the new hair will never fade.