As women age, various factors such as nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, medications, lifestyle, and environmental factors can affect the quality of the hair. Some noticeable effects that women may experience with their hair are thinning, reduced density, greying, changes in hair texture, dryness and brittleness, slower growth, and increased sensitivity to heat.
Having healthy hair is necessary at any age, including for women over 50. It can help women feel more confident about their appearance, leading to overall well-being and self-assurance. Here are ten ways to promote healthier-looking hair.
Nourish Your Body
The most important step is to maintain a balanced diet high in nutrients (protein), minerals (iron), and vitamins (especially A, C, and E), which can support healthy hair growth and appearance. No matter how many products we apply from the outside, staying healthy from the inside is the basic prerequisite.
Hydration is an important element in our daily routine for the overall health of hair. Dehydration is known to result in dryness and brittle hair, which are more prone to damage and tangling. It is recommended to drink lots of water to keep your hair hydrated and maintain its natural shine.
Mild shampoos help store the natural oils on your scalp, which are crucial for hair health. Harsh shampoos high in sulfates can strip away the natural oils from our hair, leading to frizz, dryness, and potential breakage. Mild shampoos cleanse the hair effectively while being gentle enough to prevent excessive dryness.
Moisturize with Conditioner Regularly
Aging hair tends to have reduced moisture levels, leading to dryness and increased susceptibility to tangling and breakage. Conditioner helps replenish moisture, hydration, and essential oils in the hair strands, especially the ends keeping it nourished, soft, and manageable.
Apply a good-quality conditioner after shampooing to keep your hair moisturized, smooth, and manageable. Focus on the ends, as they tend to be drier.
Protect From Heat Styling Tools
With age, the scalp can become more sensitive and prone to irritation. Excessive heat from styling tools can exacerbate scalp sensitivity, leading to discomfort, redness, or itchiness. Minimizing the use of heat-styling tools like flat irons and curling irons reduces the likelihood of scalp irritation. If you do use them, apply a heat protectant spray beforehand.
It is always a better alternative to allow your hair to air dry whenever possible to minimize heat damage. If you must use a hairdryer, choose the lowest heat setting and hold it at a safe distance from your hair.
As we talked about avoiding harsh shampoos, which can take away the natural oils from our hair, it is equally important to regularly oil our hair before washing it. Hair oiling helps to restore moisture, hydration, and essential oils to the hair strands, promoting softness, manageability, and reducing dryness.
Oil massages also help reduce stress and promote shiny hair.
Protect From Environmental Damage
Excessive sun exposure (ultraviolet (UV) radiation) can damage the hair and cause color fading. We should protect our hair from the sun’s harmful UV rays by wearing a hat or using hair products that offer UV protection. Also, we should protect our hair from chlorine and saltwater when swimming by wearing a swim cap or rinsing our hair with clean water afterward.
Avoid Harsh Chemical Treatments
One should minimize or avoid chemical treatments like perming, relaxing, or excessive dyeing, especially with age, as they can weaken and damage your hair. Opt for gentle, ammonia-free dyes if you wish to color your hair. Make sure to use extra conditioning after a chemical treatment.
Incorporate Hair-healthy Habits
Brush your hair gently with a wide-toothed comb to prevent breakage and avoid tight hairstyles that pull on your hair. It is recommended to use a pillowcase made of satin or silk to reduce friction and prevent hair damage.
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