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Of course, it does. After all, it is made of skin
You’ve heard of ageing skin… on your face. What about an ageing scalp? You don’t have to scratch your head over this one because the truth is, yes, your scalp can age like the rest of your body.
What’s worse is studies have shown that skin on the scalp ages the fastest – about 12 times faster than the skin on your body or six times faster than the skin on your face. But because of all the hair that’s covering your scalp, you can hardly see or tell when it’s starting to look older! Which makes it harder for you to take preventative measures early.
Some skin experts even go as far to claim that the majority of those wrinkles on your face are caused by your ageing scalp. How so? An ageing scalp has less elastic skin and if you think about it, the skin on your face is actually connected to the skin on your head. If your scalp starts to sag, the pull of gravity will extend slowly but surely to the rest of your face too.
But what exactly does an ageing scalp do to hair in particular? Just like how the skin on your face or body becomes thinner (and more susceptible to scratches, scars and infections) over the years, your scalp becomes thinner too. With this, the number of blood vessels on it also declines. Then comes the domino effect: think an itchy inflamed scalp, thinning hair and more.
On a young scalp, hair grows at about 1.25cm every month. But on an ageing scalp, hair growth slows down considerably and can chug along at just 0.25cm per month. It’s the reason why as you grow older, you may realise that your parting is starting to thin and you are seeing more baby hairs along your hairline.
In addition, while we are born with about five million hair follicles, some of these stop growing over time.
Also, in general, as you age, your skin becomes dryer. An ageing scalp is a dehydrated one. It has less of a protective barrier, allowing bacteria and other substances to penetrate its skin more easily. This can result in scalp inflammation.
How do you know if your scalp is inflamed? It will pretty much behave like the skin on your face when it’s too dry and sensitive. It may feel “tight” and you may scratch it more often. Your regular shampoos may also trigger more allergic reactions and if you observe your scalp under a microscope, you may see that it is redder too. Sometimes, this is known medically as skin erythema.
And because your scalp is now compromised, it may shed dandruff more readily too. This is due to the easier proliferation of yeast on the scalp and hair follicles. Yeast doesn’t only cause dandruff issues. It can weaken the hair root and result in more hair loss.
Although you can’t stop scalp ageing, you can slow down the signs of an ageing scalp by using the right products and treatments. Try a deep cleansing treatment like DrHair® Deep Cleanse which relieves a sensitive, inflamed scalp with iontophoresis technology. Then use the Solution Hair (Anti-Aging) at home to keep ageing, greying hair in check. This leave-in serum is made with advanced peptides, antioxidants and Chinese herbs to nourish both your hair and scalp.
Former women's magazine editor Pearlyn Tham bought her first foam cleanser and liquid foundation at the age of 13. More than 20 years later, she has since moved on to eye creams, liquid lipsticks and – her security blanket – sunscreens.
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