September is Healthy Aging Month, here: Kérastase highlights their world class exclusive technology on their Age Premium line. Too often we get diverted from what our hair and scalp needs may really be due to what the newest latest and greatest arrival is for the season.
If you’re the targeted age range for this specialized line from Kérastase, chances are you’ve “been there” and “done that” (the first time around, and the second time when decades later it came back in style). So, how about celebrating that knowledge, for once? How about zero-ing in on the truths that come with aging? When cuts or styling techniques need to be tweaked from years prior because you’re changing, and you feel like your hair is changing too… you’re absolutely right! Here’s what the experts say:
With time, women suffer from biological deficiencies that lead to aging. Not only do bones and skin age but hair changes too, becoming visibly thinner and more vulnerable. For Kérastase, this transformation can be explained by 3 characteristics present in mature hair:
WHAT IS FIBRO-POROSITY ?
An excessive weakness specific to mature hair, which can be explained by three characteristics:
1 . YOUR HAIR IS STRUCTURALLY WEAKENED
The intercellular cement in mature hair may be impaired. Age Premium contains ingredients that help to strengthen the hair and improve elasticity.
2 . YOUR HAIR IS MORE SENSITIVE TO RADIATION
The whitening of hair over time is due to a gradual reduction in melanin, the color pigment of the hair. Melanin traditionally performs a protective role and absorbs some of the sun’s rays. White hair is therefore more sensitive when exposed to the sun. With exposure to UV rays, the hair becomes weak.
3 . IMPAIRMENT OF THE SURFACE CONDITION OF YOUR HAIR
The effects of the environment can lead to the erosion of the cells on the surface hair fibre. The hair can become more fragile, damaged and dull.
WHAT IS LOSS OF DENSITY ?
A reduction in the overall mass of your hair.
1 . YOUR HAIR IS VISIBLY THIN
The root of your hair is lodged in the follicle (envelope of the hair), which is irrigated by blood capillaries. With age, the number of blood capillaries diminishes and the blood’s microcirculation is less efficient. Blood supply is disrupted, leading to thinning of the hair.
2 . YOUR HAIR DENSITY DECREASES
Hair density, in other words the number of hairs per cm² on the scalp’s surface, tends to decrease leading to hair that appears impoverished and sparse. At the age of 50 hair coverage may decrease up to 40% compared to age 30.
WHAT IS DRY SCALP?
A sign of biological slowing down explained by a reduction in sebum production.
1 . SEBUM PROTECTS THE SCALP
Located in the dermis, the sebaceous glands produce sebum. After being excreted on the surface of the scalp, sebum combines with sweat to create the hydrolipidic layer that protects the scalp and ensures elasticity of the hair.
2 . WITH AGE, THE AMOUNT OF SEBUM DECREASES
With age hormonal imbalances lead to a continual reduction in the amount of sebum produced. The scalp is less protected and is prone to becoming dry. Similarly, the hair fiber is more vulnerable and less lubricated. Thus the hair tends to become drier, lacking softness and shine.