Senior Living


Health & Spirit

Thinning Hair

Doug Mayberry on

Q: I've always been proud of my hair, even as it started to turn gray with age. Other women always compliment me on how great it looks.

Now, I'm feeling like my healthy mane has abandoned me. My hair is thinner, and I'm self-conscious about it looking stringy or my scalp showing through.

What can I do to make it look better?

A: Learn how to care for your hair's changing needs.

Unfortunately, there's no definitive fix for hair loss. Although there are various medications and surgical options aimed to alleviate this problem, these solutions are often unreliable or undesirable -- not to mention expensive!

To adjust for your new hair thickness, consider changing your style. Shorter hair is popular with many seniors, as it can look much healthier and require less maintenance.


Also reconsider your hair products and styling regimen. Moisturizing products will soothe your scalp and hair. Avoid damaging it with harsh chemicals and heat treatments.

Pay more attention to your diet and what you put into your body. Hair loss is closely associated with vitamin and protein deficiencies; eating a balanced diet will give you more control over your hair's health. A diet high in excess sodium has been found to lead to hair loss.

Although most people see their hair change with age, there are many other factors at play. Rule out other options with a diagnosis.

At your next medical checkup, ask your doctor about your overall health and the cause of your hair woes. Although hair loss is common with aging, your problems could also be due to a scalp or hormonal condition.


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