The first cause of hair aging: time
Hair aging or hair loss?Age and hair, the whole story. After many years of research, our laboratories have proven that, just like with our skin, time also takes its toll on our hair. How? For the first time, three studies were conducted in collaboration with 4 European dermatological experts who are specialists in hair (from France, Italy, Germany and Spain), making it possible to define hair aging and its characteristics.
We're talking about "hair aging”, a phenomenon which is different to hair loss (also called alopecia), and which is not only limited to the whitening of hair...
Hair ages over timeJust as your face bears the marks of time with wrinkles and a sagging face shape, your scalp is also affected over the years. Cell renewal is no longer optimal and its ecosystem gradually deteriorates. There is less blood circulation, which also occurs at a slower rate, and fewer nutrients necessary for hair growth (vitamins, trace elements) are supplied. Result: hair becomes visibly thin.
Gray and then white hairThe appearance of gray and then white hair is another sign that hair is aging. It does not occur at the same age for everyone: it is determined by genetics. However, all men and women are affected to some extent. Why? Because over time, the melanocytes (the cells located at the base of the hair follicle) produce less and less melanin, which is the pigment that gives hair its color (this can be darker or lighter). When these cells stop producing melanin, the hair that grows is no longer colored. Instead, it is white.
Hair also ages due to lifestyle
- When you reach menopause, you are faced with major hormonal changes. The level of female hormones decreases, which sometimes causes significant deficiencies as well.
- If your lifestyle, and in particular your diet, is not suitable, this will quickly be reflected by your hair. To prevent your hair from becoming weak, vitamins and trace elements are vital in order to maintain the beauty of your skin and hair for longer. To reinvigorate your lengths and fight against the effects of aging of hair, food supplements are a good solution.
- Avoid using hair products that are not tailored to your hair type. Overuse of heat-styling tools, such as hair dryers or straighteners, can also damage your hair's youthfulness.