We all know about gray hair, which can start in the 30’s…or for some people, not at all.
Hair color is controlled by a pigment called melanin that is produced by the hair follicle.
With aging, the hair follicles produce less melanin.
Many older adults, in addition to becoming more gray, notice thinning hair. Hair strands, which are made of protein, begin to lose some protein and become thinner.
Aging and Fingernails
Some fingernail changes are a normal part of aging, including:
- Slower growth
- Less shine
- More brittleness
- Increased yellow color
If you notice other fingernail abnormalities such as pitting, increased ridges, or your nails change shape, it’s important to check with your health care provider.
For more information on hair and nail changes, including common nail problems you should look out for, see Aging Changes in Hair and Nails.