The texture of your hair as you are growing up becomes a huge part of your identity. You grow accustomed to the way it flatters you and fits into your lifestyle.

Naturally, if the texture begins to change it can be unsettling. Your hair’s original texture can change from curly to straight, thin or coarse.
These changes can be brought about by many things and some can’t be controlled. Others may be caused by you without you even knowing.
Read on to find out reasons your hair could be changing and what you need to do to make the most of what is happening.


The Cause: Graying Hair

Gray hair begins to show when the hair’s follicle begins to collect certain amounts of hydrogen peroxide. “his causes your hair to bleach out its color from the inside out”, according to Deborah Jaliman, MD, a New York dermatologist and The American Academy of Dermatology’s spokesperson. The textures of gray hairs are thicker, so our hair becomes more wiry as you get older.
There is really nothing that can be done to stop the graying hair — it is a natural part of the aging process. However you can do a lot to work with it, taming it and presenting it well with a good style and some added care.
A good shampoo and conditioner can be found specially designed for dry hair. Use a conditioner that doesn’t get rinsed out to calm down those wiry strands.
You can’t do anything to stop graying — it’s something inherent, but you can tame gray hair with a good hairstyle and special care.
Occasionally treat your hair to a deep-conditioning at home or a salon, suggests the senior stylist at New York’s Rita Hazan Salon, Eugene Toye. Eugene has extensive experience working with celebrities like Sofia Vergara and Neil Patrick Harris.
Some stylists will use keratin based hair treatments to smooth out the rough texture of graying hair, but these hair treatments contain formaldehyde and this is a cause of cancer. Toye suggests looking for a new cut that goes well with the new texture. “Don’t try to fight your hair,” says Toye. “If it is wavy, don’t get caught up on strait.”

The Cause: Chemotherapy

Undergoing chemo can cause some big reactions in your hair’s texture or maybe none at all. Those who have lost their hair in this hair treatment have grown it all back thicker, straighter, curlier or maybe just in clumps here and there.
After a while, your hair may return to its former pre -chemo glory. But you will have to be patient and careful until then, the hair that grows back first will be fragile and you will want to wait at least 6 months before applying any chemical processes to it, such as coloring or straightening. The hair is not the only thing that will be sensitive either. The skin of your scalp is also very sensitive and may continue to be sensitive for 6 months as well.
In order to help your post-chemo hair to grow back healthy and strong apply some conditioner to it. If you are not a short hair person use this growing back period as a chance to try out some shoulder length styles. If your hair is growing back uneven or only in spots you may consider using a hair piece or a wig until it is full enough to be styled.

The Cause: Over-Processing

“Any time you undergo a chemical process to alter some aspect of your hair like the color or the texture, your hair integrity is slightly diminished”, explains Toye. Over-processing can lead to hair that is stringy, brittle, lacks luster, rough or hair that resists styling. So straight hair won’t curl and vice versa.
The less you add chemicals to your hair the better. Once the damage has been done however, the only thing that can be done is to wait for new hair to replace the old hair. Until then, Toye recommends a deep-conditioning hair treatments, protein packs and hair care products designed to moisturize and make your hair look younger. The best ingredients are amino acids, proteins and panthenol.

The Cause: Hormonal Changes

Hormones have a huge effect on hair growth and quality as well as texture and color. If you are pregnant you may get some thick shiny locks. Pregnancy gives many women the best hair they have ever had. Menopause and hormonal imbalance can have the opposite effect.
Medications for this can be bought over the counter like minoxidil or by prescription like finasteride pills. Laser devices are also effective at preventing hair from thinning or falling out. There are also many styling products to thicken and body boosts your hair temporarily.
Many hair care specialists recommend taking biotin, Vit B, daily to keep strands thick. Conditioners will also give your hair a smoother silky texture if used frequently.

Jane Park