Ageing is a common reason for hair loss.

The genes and hormones covered in the previous section are not enough to cause androgenetic hair loss instantly — this process takes time, during which any follicles susceptible become exposed to the problematic male hormones.

How much time does this demand?

Length varies from one person to another.

It depends on an individual’s genetic expression and the level of androgens found within their blood.

Patient A may start to show signs of hair loss far sooner than patient B, even though the eventual end result is probably expected to be the same.

Two-thirds of men will be affected by male pattern baldness by the time they turn 60.

However, even with no clear predisposition to androgenetic hair loss, hairs can change significantly as people age.

They may become shorter and thinner over time, in a process known as miniaturization.

Those affected will shed miniaturized hairs while the number of their follicular units decreases, leading to reduced hair coverage overall.

FAQ

How can I stop my hair thinning as I age?

Hair becomes weaker with age, which is why we tend to associate ageing and hair loss closely. It’s crucial that you take good care of it as you get older. Cutting down on chemical- and alcohol-based products that dry your hair out can help, while applying a heat-protectant spray before you use heated styling tools is important too.

What causes hair loss in older adults?

The close connection between ageing and hair loss is due to multiple factors. Hair loss can occur as a result of hormonal changes, hereditary conditions, medical issues, or as a natural effect of ageing. While anyone can experience excessive hair loss, it tends to affect men more than women. The most common reason for baldness is hereditary shedding with age. 

How can I improve my aging hair? 

Try the following techniques to make your hair stronger:
● Eat a healthier diet to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to maintain good hair. 
● Be gentle when drying, brushing, and styling your hair. 
● Trim your hair regularly, at least every two months, to help manage split ends and maintain a healthier look.
● Wash less frequently to avoid stripping the hair of its natural oils. 
● Wash residue from hair thoroughly to prevent buildup which can clog follicles and reduce shine.