How Your Hair Changes As You Age, And How To Take Care Of It
Is your hair-care routine up to date? The hair we have in our teens is much different from the hair we have in our 20s, or even our 30s. And if you want to keep lovable locks your whole life long, it pays to change up your hair-care routine as you age.
Pay attention to your follicles and you might be surprised at the changes going on up there. But aging hair doesn’t have to be a way of life. Gray hair might be inevitable, but breakage, thinning edges and hormonal hair loss don’t have to be — if you follow these hair-care rules as you get older. You’ll keep your hair beautiful, longer.
Teen To 20s Damage Control
These years are when we change our hair the most. While you’re staying fried, died and laid to the side, pay close attention to the products that you’re using. Stay away from goods with sulfates, alcohol and glycol, which can dry out your hair.
And focus on moisture. Leave-in conditioners and heat-protectant serums will help protect your hair from too much heat and sew-in stress.
Dealing With The Stressful College Years? Focus On Your Diet
When college and work stress start to take their toll, it’s time to focus on your diet to improve your hair-care regimen. A healthy diet full of protein and iron (and supplements like vitamins B, C, E and zinc–and don’t forget water) can help undo the damage that stress can do to your hair.
Turn Up The Volume After Your 20th Birthday
Did you know that your hair can start thinning as early as your teen years? To keep the volume you remember from your youth, try volumizers to thicken your hair when you’re taking a break from the bundles or protective styles.
Your 20s are when ongoing damage to your edges can catch up to you if it hasn’t already. It’s time to focus on loose styles and avoid tight braids, weaves and wigs that can stress them. If the damage is visible, talk to your stylist about edge-preserving products that will reverse the damage before it becomes permanent.
Late 20s: Trim City
We all want to keep our length, but your 20s is the time to get on top of damage repair. Take care of your edges now, consistently trim your ends while your hair is still growing strong and you’ll set the stage for longer locks later.
Embrace The Glow That Comes With Pregnancy
When you’re pregnant, hormones make your hair grow at warp speed. Embrace your thicker and shinier hair by pampering it with the use of natural oil to protect your new growth and embrace the glow.
You’ll also have to update your styling frequency to keep up with the new growth, or switch to a protective style if your growing baby bump makes sitting in the salon chair your least favorite thing.
Battling The Post-Partum Fallout
When your hormone levels drop after the baby, your hair has a tendency to shed. It’s only natural. But you can battle the fallout by focusing on frequent deep conditioning, low-stress hairstyles, regular trims, and the post-pregnancy vitamins your doctor recommends.
Battle Gym Damage In Your Late 20s
Don’t let your hair keep you from battling the bulge. Try these hair-saving techniques to keep your ‘do right and your hair healthy while you work it out.
Get A Good Stylist In Your 30s
Now that you have the expendable income to invest in your hair, it’s time to make that move. The older you get, the slower your hair grows and the longer it takes to recover from damage. See a good stylist regularly who’s invested in helping you keep your length and shine in optimal condition.
Stimulate A Mid-Life Growth Spurt
Our hair grows at a slower pace as we age. But using minoxidil at a two percent concentration can stimulate your hair to continue its youthful growing habits for longer. But be sure to talk to your stylist before starting the treatment.
Battle Post-Menopausal Hair Loss
As your hormone levels drop after menopause, some women experience hair loss. If you see any thinning, it’s time to see your doctor ASAP. They can prescribe over-the-counter medications and hormone therapy that will retain the hair you have before the hair loss progresses too far.
Getting Good With Gray
Gray hair doesn’t just look different; it requires special care. A daily leave-in conditioner will keep the fragile hair growing strong. You’ll also want to let up on the heat, which is extra damaging to gray hair.
Want to stay a silver fox and avoid yellowing? Switch to a clarifying shampoo or vinegar rinses to remove the mineral buildup that can discolor gray hair. Or, cover it up. But consider consulting a professional who knows how to tackle aging follicles.