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What causes changes to hair as we age?

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As we age, our bodies begin to slow down as well, resulting in noticeable as well as unnoticeable changes to our bodies, inside and out. One of the most noticeable changes that come with aging is the changing nature of our hair. Changes can be drastic or minor and they come in the form of hair loss, thinning or discoloration.

Our hair is made up of two parts: the shaft and the root. Each hair strand has these two parts. The shaft is the visible hair strand, and the root lies underneath the scalp surrounded by tissue most commonly referred to as the hair follicle. The hair follicle is where cells that produce melanin, a pigment that gives our hair color, reside. However, as we age, pigment cells begin to die, which means decreased levels of melanin. This results in hair shafts with no melanin, which causes hair to become white, silver or gray. While hair discoloration begins mostly in middle-aged adults, there are rare cases where teenagers experience hair discoloration as well; a person’s genes determine at what age hair begins to lose pigment. So there is not much that can be done to stop hair from losing its color.

In addition to hair discoloration, hair loss or thinning tend to occur as we get older due to the lack of protein, most notably keratin, being produced. Hair follicles are slower at producing new hair as we age; consequently, when old hair strands fall out, replacement hair is not produced in as fast a pace as it was when we were younger. Therefore, thinning and hair loss become more noticeable with age.

The most natural way to deal with changes to our hair as we age is to just accept them as a part of aging. But most people want to slow down that progression and continuously look for ways to stop hair loss, by taking medication, using specially formulated hair care products or by getting a hair restoration procedure- the only permanent solution to hair loss. Aside from being the only permanent solution to baldness, hair restoration can yield significant cosmetic improvements for those with moderate to advanced hair loss, by restoring the hairline altogether. Bosley has been a hair restoration expert since 1974. With over 200,000 procedures under its belt, Bosley physicians are experienced in producing results that are extremely natural looking. Contact Bosley for your free, no obligation consultation and find out how you can regain your hair.

posted on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 by in Balding, Genetics, Hair Loss, Hair Restoration, Men, Permanent Hair loss, Women

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