How hair ages

hair-agesIf you have noticed it, you will know that your hair is different now than it was when you were a child or in your teens. Just like your body, your hair goes through different stages of growth.

When you were a child, you had more hair; your hair was thicker and more vibrant with a high gloss. This was because your oil glands or sebaceous glands worked hard at this time and produced that gloss. Also, you had more hair because you were in your growth stage.

Here is a look at how your hair ages with time.

Teens and 20s

This is a very energetic and vibrant phase of our lives. Our hair starts becoming coarser and its growth also slows down.

Your oil glands produce more oil than ever, making your hair slightly oily. This allows you to experiment all you want to see what works for you and what does not. You can expect your hair to go darker because of the increased pigmentation that now occurs.

However, you should go easy on your hair if you are born with fragile or sensitive hair.

30s, 40s and 50s

By the time you start into your 30s, your hair has become more stable. Your sebaceous glands have started producing a balanced amount of oil. You now know what your hair type is and what looks good on you. The days of experimenting are almost over and done with.

The biggest surprise of this stage is the onset of greys. If you are a blonde, redhead or light brunette, you can expect to grey; however, deep brunettes go white.

However, it largely depends on your genes. If your parents boasted of no greys until they were 60, then you can expect pretty much the same for yourself. If, however, your parents couldn’t keep their greys off even in their 20s, you are in for some early greys.

The thing with grey hair is that it has a more wiry texture. Therefore, you can expect them to spring up at odd angles from your head. However, grey hair does not mean weak hair; it simply means that your cortex is short of melanin.

When you go through menopause, your ovaries stop oestrogen production. Besides freeing you from the fear of getting pregnant and menstrual cramps, menopause brings with itself thinning of hair. It not only grows thinner, but also finer in texture.

60s and beyond

This is the time when you can expect the crown of glory; your white hair. Your hair might grow thinner and drier and may need less shampooing and more conditioning.

Each decade brings with itself a little less sebum production and a little more greys and thinning.