The evolution of hair - it's a girl thing
The evolution of hair - it's a girl thing
Stage one - the baby days
A new born baby is such a wonderful experience, they change so much, especially in the first few months. Some babies are born with a full head of hair, others have little tufts of hair, and some have very little hair at all. It's quite common for babies to suffer with cradle cap, a dry skin type of condition, which usually disappears after a few weeks. Baby hair can also fall out, don't be alarmed if one day it's there and the next day you have bald patches. Baby hair is very delicate and will simply need a quick wash with a mild shampoo. I used to lie my girls down in a shallow bath from an early age to accustom them to the splashy water, they loved it and grew up as water loving mermaids.
Stage 2 - toddlers to tweens
The first haircut was a real milestone, my youngest had super curly blonde ringlets. As a toddler, sitting still for prolonged time can be quite distressing, but she enjoyed the whole haircut experience, we still have the super fine baby hair as a keepsake.
School hair was easy in the early years, pigtails and plaits were a morning routine, but as the girls got older, and hair became courser and more time consuming, my role diminished and they were happy to style their own hair.
Stage 3 - the teenage years
Teens love experimenting with their hair, hair straighteners, crimpers, and curling tongs are now strewn across their bedroom floors. The once blonde baby curls are a distant memory. One is getting prepared for prom and currently sports uber straight waist long hair. That's not good enough and hair extensions are being considered for that Essex Barbie doll look. Thanks to Katy Perry The other is sporting jet black chin length Bob. It's hard to keep hair in good condition at this age, and both spend a lifetime in the bathroom, conditioning and deep conditioning their lovely locks.
Of course a common cause of hair damage includes using harsh chemicals found in hair styling products, straightening or waving treatments, hair dyes, and overexposure to the sun, once radiant hair soon becomes brittle and frizzy.
Stage 4 - twenties
This age is a blur to me! Late nights, parties, faddy diets and sun damage would be a good summary. Hair growth slows down as we get older, and the cosmetic beauty of our hair decreases. Having a perm in the 1980s definitely had a detrimental effect on the condition of my hair.
Taking the birth control pill, sun damage, iron deficiency from fad diets can all have an impact on the condition and thickness of our hair. It is not uncommon for women in their 20s to experience changes in hair quality and appearance due to their use of birth control pills, essentially when estrogen levels fall, hair can become thinner.
Stage 5 - the thirties
Research indicates that women in the UK typically have babies in their thirties. During pregnancy our hair follicles experience re-generation, especially in the last trimester mums to be are referred to as blooming and have radiant-looking hair.
However, six months after delivery, it can be a real shock, for new mums to loose their hair. Some of the hair that is shed post-pregnancy will re-grow and hair will return to pre-pregnancy condition, however some women who have experienced female-pattern hair loss, hair may no longer return.
Stage 6 - the forties
We don't need to cut hair short at the first sign of greys, women now enjoy having longer length hair. Most women in their 40s use Chemical hair dyes, which strip the protective lipid layer of the hair shaft and open up holes in the hair shaft, allowing the dye to enter and create a new color. Hair dyeing is damaging so it is best to use a semi permanent hair dye. lightening hair for more than three shades require more peroxide, which creates more holes in the hair shaft and therefore more damage.
Stage 7 - the fifties
Best advice at this age is to stay on shade, within three colors of natural color. It is wise for women in their 50s to shorten the amount of time they leave their styling products such as hair dyes or permanent wave solutions because thinner hair shafts require less time to process. It is prudent to use a good conditioner, and also handle hair as little as possible, to avoid breakage, and that includes avoiding over-brushing hair.
Hair loss will be common for women around this age, who are experiencing the menopause or perhaps battling diagnosis and treatment from cancer. Hair will naturally thin and the use of hair fibres to add texture and create the appearance of thick hair will give your confidence a real boast.
Stage 8 - sixties and beyond
When is there a good time to ditch the dye and embrace natural grey hair? There are so many funky hair dyes out there now, it's not something we need to dwell on, but maintaining the thickness and condition of hair, is a consideration. I know many 60+ women, and most actually tend to go for a honey blonde tone, rather than a classic 1970s blue rinse. It's a matter of choice really, we've done perming, curling, straightening, back combing, lightening, dyeing, post partum hair loss, been through the menopause and come through its pretty damn fine. I think we can throw away the rule books on this one and embrace and enjoy our natural hair.