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Can Getting Older Cause My Hair to Straighten?

By    |   Tuesday, 20 May 2014 03:32 PM

Question: I've always had naturally curly hair (in fact, I used to iron it as a kid to straighten it!) But lately, it's losing its curl and becoming thin and straight (and grey, I might add). Is it because I'm getting older (I just turned 57)? And is there anything I can do about it? 

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Hair thinning and loss of melanin, which causes graying, are age-related conditions most men experience as they grow older, although genetic and certain conditions (including stress, hypothyroidism, and nutritional deficiencies) may be significant risk factors. In women, genetic components, traction from styling and pinning hair back, as well underlying diseases need to be considered.
You should see your doctor to check your scalp for possible explanations for why your hair is losing its curl. Treat any fungal (dandruff) or skin irritations, and reduce conditions that cause excess hair stress. Hair stress and weakness can be caused by a wide variety of factors, such as sun exposure, permanent hair treatment, hair dryer use, chemical exposure (from hair spray, peroxide-based applications, chlorine from a swimming pool, and coloring agents).
Topical Rogaine twice a day (5 percent for men; 2 percent for non-pregnant women) applied to your scalp. This can help thicken and grow your hair. In men, the addition of a daily dose of Propecia (which is actually a low dose of Proscar, used to treat enlarged prostates) may return a head of hair to varying degrees, but it is not usually used in women. 

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