Written by Lisa Allen, MD
There is no way around aging – although women all around the world do their best to avoid it. For some reason, when it comes to aging, many women automatically take extreme steps to ensure that their face, skin and figure are at their best.
But when dealing with their hair, the most common remedy is to simply cover up those pesky grays. To guarantee that your hair ages gracefully along with the rest of your body, make sure to take note of the following anti-aging hair tips below.
What many women may not be aware of is that the hair ages in its own way…and not just by changing into various shades of salt and pepper. The actual physical appearance of the hair undergoes its own transformation as the years go by. In most cases, women in their 30s and older will begin to experience hair that is thinner and finer.
Those with a naturally full head of thick hair may find such a change as a shock. Others will start noticing more strands of their locks coming out after doing routine things, such as brushing or washing their hair. If female-pattern balding runs in the family, this could make the amount of hair lost over time even greater.
So what’s a gal to do? To combat the signs of aging hair, there are anti-aging methods that can be taken advantage of as soon as possible to give your tresses a boost that will lock in its health in the years to come. One of the easiest places to start is your hair care routine.
As you get older, you’ll need to start shopping for products that are formulated for aging hair. While it probably won’t state that on the label, you’ll want to be on the lookout for shampoos and conditioners that contain natural moisturizers and shine enhancers, such as cetyl alcohol and dimethicone.
When it’s time to style your hair for a day or night out on the town, invest in hair care products that are rich in protein and come in lightweight formulas. Aging hair that’s thin and fine is also weak. Applying protein rich styling products strengthen the hair while preventing future breakage, split ends and unnecessary hair loss.
Because the hair is more fragile with the passage of time, it’s also best to slowly wean yourself away from using heated styling tools too frequently. Even the best quality heated styling products can’t completely protect your tresses if they are already weak to begin with. Using heated styling tools no more than 2-3 times a week is the perfect balance.
Just as you would take care of your body from the inside out, the same also goes for your locks as you get older. The types of foods you consume on a daily basis have a significant impact on the health of your hair.
Do right by your tresses by including foods that are naturally rich in protein, low in carbs and low in fat. If needed, taking a vitamin B supplement can do wonders for boosting the health of your hair. This is especially helpful for women that want to prevent future hair loss, especially if it runs in their family.