Age and stage have a major impact on scalp and hair health.
During our lifetime, we pass through six key stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, middle years, and senior years. These six stages, combined with overall health, lifestyle, and environmental factors, play a major role in what is happening on our head.
“Hair health is often overlooked as we move through life. We might experience conditions like dandruff, excess oil, and hair loss that affect how we feel about ourselves, but often we just live with it,” says trichology expert Nicky James-Baird.
Nicky and business partner Jodene Fendall are co-owners of Holistic Hair and have spent years formulating products to combat scalp disorders and hair concerns.
“Scalp and hair health is a function of our overall wellbeing,” says Jodene. “Topical products aren’t a complete cure, but they can make a big difference to restoring shiny, healthy hair that makes us feel great.”
Here are Nicky and Jodene’s top tips for age and stage hair:
Infancy and childhood – children’s scalps need to be treated with care. Using a mild shampoo once to twice a week is usually sufficient. Some infants experience cradle cap which requires an oil to help soften and remove the build-up of skin cells.
Adolescence – teenagers often produce excess oil associated with hormone changes. Too much oil on the scalp can be a breeding ground for the fungus that causes dandruff. The best defence for teenagers is to keep the scalp clean.
Adulthood– pregnancy can cause changes in both hair texture and growth. Following birth some women experience hair loss.
Middle years – changes in hormone levels, sometimes associated with menopause, can result in thinning hair. Dryness can also be a problem for some women.
Older age – thinning hair and hair loss are typical in these years; using products that are gentle on the scalp and hair are important.
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