Description and Possible Medical Problems

Most of us accept the fact that, in one way or another, the aging process is going to affect the hair on our heads, whether it becomes thinner or grayer or we begin to lose some of it and it doesn’t grow back. For some people, the process began in their 20s; others still have a full head of hair into their 60s, though the color is probably gray or white to some degreee.

The fact is that 50% of men and women will see some significant changes in their hair by the time they turn 50.


The effect that aging has on our hair is biologically not reversible, though by using hair color, a body wave or permanent, or even a new hairstyle, these effects can be minimized.

You can either color or perm your hair yourself or go to a professional salon. One caveat about doing it yourself: when coloring or perming hair, many people have a tendency to leave the preparation on too long. This can lead to dryness, breakage, and loss of even more hair. Many of the chemicals that are used in hair color or permanent solution can cause the scalp to become irritated. This may also be more of a problem in elderly men and women, since their scalps produce less of the protective oils than younger people’s do. Besides the professional attention you get, it’s a good idea to go to a salon because the coloring and perming preparations used in salons tend to be gentler on the hair and scalp than over-the-counter preparations are. To play it safe, you may want to have a professional stylist care for your hair.


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