Adapting to aging hair can be a struggle. As we get older, the lifecycle of our luscious locks becomes shorter, and lots of us experience hair loss and thinning as a result. The colour, shape, and overall state of our hair can all change dramatically, so it’s important that we treat our tresses with an extra dose of love and care to keep them in tip-top condition.

Let’s look at some of the measures you can take to tackle aging hair. These include:

  • Getting regular haircuts
  • Introducing gentle haircare products into your routine
  • Maintaining a balanced diet
  • Ditching the towel when drying your hair
  • Treating your scalp
  • Cutting down on hair washes

In this blog, we’ll take you through a few of the latest and best haircare tips for 2021 to help combat thinning, breakage, and other common aging hair conditions. You can also find a variety of effective haircare treatments in our range, so make sure to have a look.

Book in a regular trim

A quick trip to the salon can make all the difference when it comes to giving your locks a new lease of life. It’s important to keep your hair healthy and get rid of any spilt ends to prevent breakage, so scheduling a trim every once in a while is definitely a must. It’s also a great opportunity to try out a fabulous new hairstyle.

Use gentle products as part of your haircare routine

Unfortunately, our hair tends to become much more tough, brittle, and fragile as we age. For these reasons, it’s important that we’re extra careful when it comes to styling. Avoid vigorous brushing techniques to prevent further thinning, and opt for gentle products when washing and drying.

Masks, oils and finishing lotions are all essential items that you should consider using. Look out for shampoo and conditioner combinations which are specially formulated to maximise volume and boost softness and shine.

Our top picks

We recommend the Wella regenerating hair mask for a boost of rejuvenation, starting from the inside of your hair, out. This Holy Grail product improves the resistance of the hair fibres from your roots right through to the ends, leaving you with silky locks in no time at all.

For the best oil to combat the effects of aging hair, give the Goldwell Kerasilk Smoothing Fluid a go. This nifty little product also has heat-resistant properties, which is very important when it comes to tackling further heat-related damage. If you must use heated tools such as straighteners or curlers when styling, be sure to add a quick spritz or two of heat defence spray first.

Consume a protein-rich diet

Diet has a big part to play when it comes to maintaining healthy, youthful hair. Hair follicles are made up of protein, so it’s very important that we consume plenty of this nutrient as we get older. Iron is also equally important for overall hair health. Leaving iron out of your diet is a major cause of thinning and hair loss. With this in mind, be sure to look out for foods such as:

  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Fish
  • Broccoli
  • Lentils

By consuming a nutrient-rich diet, your hair will receive all the goodness it needs to stay on top form.

Ditch the towel

When it comes to drying your hair, refrain from wrapping it all up in a towel after your shower. The hair is at its weakest and is more likely to break when wet, so it’s important to be extra careful when handling. Try using a cotton shirt instead of a towel, and gently allow wet hair to dry by giving it a quick squeeze. 

Treat your scalp

Aging hair is prone to losing moisture and becoming increasingly dry. This is due to shrinking oil glands which prevents sufficient amounts of oil from reaching the follicles.

The easiest way to deal with this problem is by using deeply hydrating and nourishing products on your hair to restore moisture balance.

Treat a dry scalp in the same way that you would treat dry skin, with a bit of TLC and the help of some high-quality products. The American Crew moisturising shampoo is perfect for invigorating the scalp and hair for a deep clean and hydrated finish. With advanced moisturising properties, it’s suitable for everyday use.

Wash your hair less frequently

Over-washing can contribute to the problem of dry hair as we age, so it’s a big no-no. Washing your hair too frequently can strip the follicles of much-needed oil, leading to brittleness and dehydration.

Try to cut back on the amount of times you cleanse your locks, and definitely avoid washing your hair every day. Opt for dry shampoos in between washes, and use protein-rich serums such as the Royal Moroccan serum to lock in moisture and to create luminous, long-lasting shine.

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