10 TIPS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR HAIR AGES AS GRACEFULLY AS THE REST OF YOU
Andie MacDowell, now in her 60s, got rave reviews when she debuted her wild, gray curls in the Netflix series Maid. Susan Sarandon, who is 12 years older, looks equally spectacular as a salon-enhanced brunette or redhead. Getting older is not just about managing wrinkles. Hair has its own set of issues. And the question of how to deal with graying hair—which significantly affects half the population by age 50—is only part of the equation. Menopause causes hair to thin out and grow more slowly. Medications – even some common cholesterol lowering drugs— can cause hair loss. Hair becomes duller, dryer and coarser over time. And the steady use of the dyes and chemical treatments that we rely on to fix these problems can eventually cause hair to have that dreaded cotton candy consistency.
It is possible to help your hair age gracefully, however. Consider these 10 steps.
1. Think about going gray. Silver-gray is so stylish that more and more women are embracing it. Just ask the many Instagram influencers like @katiegoesplatinum who document their gray hair journeys. Plus, your hair will be free of the chemicals in hair dyes that make hair brittle and more breakable.
2. If you color your hair, have it done professionally. Hair dyes can have damaging (not to mention sloppy) effects if applied incorrectly. (Have you ever colored your hair at home and missed a spot in the back?) Go for a shade that's lighter, rather than darker than your natural color, and ask for face-framing highlights that will blend with your hair as it grows in. That way you can go longer between appointments and do less damage to your hair.
3. Book a deep conditioning treatment at a salon every other month. It will condition the cuticle, add moisture and leave your hair smoother and shinier.
4. Shampoo less often to maintain your hair’s natural oils.
5. Get frequent trims to eliminate split ends.
6. Invest in high quality, non-sulfate shampoos and conditioners like these.They gently nourish your hair without stripping it of natural oils.
7. Stay away from tight updos and ponytails that can cause breakage.
8. Avoid heat tools whenever possible. If you rely on straighteners or curling irons, use them on the lowest setting.
9. Eat a healthy, protein-rich diet including leafy greens, eggs, avocados and berries.
10. Boost hair growth and shine with a natural supplement like Nutrafol.