The most common reason why women (and men) lose hair is hormones.
Interestingly, men and women lose their hair because of the same hormone called dihydrotestosterone or DHT.
The DHT is a byproduct of testosterone, the main reproductive hormone of men.
If you don’t already know, both men and women have testosterone and estrogen (the main reproductive hormone of women) in their bodies, but in different quantities.
Men produce larger amounts of testosterone and smaller amounts of estrogen, and vice versa for women.
In other words, women have DHT in their bodies too, and it’s what reduces the size of our hair follicles as we age, causing the slow growth and thinning of our hair.
When women hit menopause, our bodies produce less estrogen which makes us even more sensitive to testosterone and DHT. This is why the aging changes in our hair accelerates once we enter menopause.
Aside from hormones and menopause, there are other factors that cause hair loss that aren’t related to aging such as stress, rapid weight loss, and iron-deficiency.
As for our nails, they naturally grow slower as we age.
The average growth rate of our nails is 3.47 millimeters per month. But when we turned 25, their growth slowed down by 0.5% every year.
Also, our nails naturally become weak and brittle over time due to constant drying and wetting, exposure to cleaning substances, and other chemicals such as nail polish and nail polish remover.
The good news is, all these natural aging changes can be reversed by taking potent, science-backed ingredients that change the way your skin, hair, and nails age!