Ways to Counteract Our Hair’s Aging
As we age, our hair grows finer, grayer, thinner — and dryer because our scalp produces fewer natural oils that maintain moisture. Our hair follicles make less melanin pigment leading to the gray hair. I love my hair and want to take good care to keep it looking youthful!
1. Try Natural Deep Moisturizing Treatments
Avocados are rich in protein, fatty acids, and vitamins and are an excellent emollient. They have benefits for dry, color-treated hair. Just puree one ripe banana and one avocado into a smooth paste. Apply the mixture to your hair for 25-30 minutes, and then rinse.
Coconut Oil & Honey Mask
1/4 cup coconut oil and two tablespoons of honey will create a hydrating hair mask. Mix these ingredients together, coat your hair for 30 minutes, and then rinse.
2. Take Vitamins
Biotin is a vitamin that’s necessary for strong, healthy hair. Without enough biotin, hair can become thinner. Supplementing with biotin can safely help with hair volume and thickness. Try taking a biotin supplement or get plenty of biotin-rich foods in your diet, including peanut butter, eggs, and cheese.
3. Eat right
There are a number of hair super-foods that can nourish your locks and improve your hair’s length, shine and thickness, including salmon, which is loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, dark green vegetables for vitamins A and C, and nuts, which are a great source of zinc.
Protein is also essential for healthy hair. Vitamin C helps boost collagen while vitamin E stimulates circulation and hydrates hair follicles from the root.
Also, drink a lot of water. When you don’t drink enough, your hair and skin dry out, which can also slow down the process of new hair growth.
4. Change your styling habits
Avoid products with alcohol listed as one of the top five ingredients, since they can dry out hair.
Dullness, dryness, and frizz are all compounded by blow-dryers, flatirons, and curling irons. Heat styling tools should be used sparingly with color-treated hair. Direct heat can also strip hair of vital moisture. Try to air-dry your hair a few times a week.
5. Don’t Brush Too Much or Pull Hair
Tight ponytails, topknots, or anything that puts stress on your roots will cause breakage.
Always brush in the same direction and avoid brushing wet hair to prevent split ends.
One of the first places you may spot hair thinning is in your part. To camouflage a widening part make a “zigzag” part in place of a straight one.
6. Don’t shampoo too often
Other frequent mistakes include over-washing your hair, which can strip the oils from your hair and contribute to dryness. Shampoo only when necessary. Since water has a higher pH balance than your hair, it lifts the cuticle and removes some of the natural oils that make it healthy. Over-washing your hair strips away lipids that boost shine and prevent breakage.
You know that hair is most fragile when it’s wet, which is why you’d never rub it with a towel. Older hair is already more fragile, and combing it right out of the shower is also trouble. Detangle in the shower with a wide-tooth comb while you still have conditioner on.
And did you know a cold water rinse will leave your hair glossy and shiny by helping seal down the hair shaft so each strand is smooth? Yep, finish off with a refreshing cold rinse.
7. Don’t let the sun dry you out
Protecting hair from the sun should be a concern whether you have color or not. They fade color and dehydrate hair making it weak and more prone to breakage. Hats and scarfs are most effective for sun coverage.