Whenever you hear a sentence start with, “As you get older…” it tends to never be something good or positive that happens to you. This is one of those sentences: As you get older, you might notice some undesirable changes to your hair. It could start falling out, thinning out, breaking more easily, etc. Well just as night creams promise to mask wrinkles, there are solutions to make sure your hair stays healthy and right in place.
First things first. If your hair used to be super thick and it’s beginning to thin out and become more fragile, make sure you’re up to date on your physicals. It’s really important to make sure your health is solid. Hair loss can be a sign of stress, thyroid issues, or even diseases like lupus. Thinning hair can also be a result of your diet, so if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, make sure you speak with your doctor or nutritionist about any supplements you should be taking like zinc and vitamin B. Hair issues may also stem from natural causes thanks to your genetics, which is something you can’t really change. It is important to discover what the facts are.
Steer clear of chemicals
It’s best to stay away from any chemicals in your hair products. When it comes to shampooing, purchase sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. Since sulfates strip away natural oils that protect your hair, chances are your hair will become increasingly fragile and damaged with their continuous use. Try L’Oreal EverStrong Thickening shampoo or Fat Hair’s thickening shampoo, which is also vegan. Understandably, a girl’s gotta have her hair products (gel, mousse, hair spray); just make sure to use them sparingly.
Chill out on the hair washing
That’s right! You do not need to wash your hair every day. This isn’t Saved By the Bell and you aren’t Jessie Spano trying to avoid Slater. By washing your hair every day, your scalp isn’t getting the time it needs to produce those natural and healing oils I mentioned above. Experts say that washing hair up to four times a week is plenty. In between, try using dry shampoos such as Thebalm and Instant Refresh by Joico.
The heat is off
You know you’ve been hearing this for years: heat is no bueno for your luscious locks. Stay away from the blowdryers, flat irons, curling irons and crimpers. Instead, opt for sponge rollers like Grandma used to do. Bet she still has a full head of hair!
How you brush matters
Surprise! You shouldn’t brush your hair when it’s wet. It’s super prone to breakage while damp. Surprise again! You should stay away from brushes altogether. Using a wide tooth comb is where it’s at. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to brush your hair at least once a day to move those healthy oils from your scalp (this is the third time I’m mentioning them!) down through the rest of your fro.
Protein: It’s not just what’s for dinner
Creating protein masks for your hair (or buying them at the store) is a really great idea and one that should be carried out about twice a week. Since your hair is made of protein, adding a little bit more only helps. Here’s a super easy at-home recipe: Mix 1-2 eggs with aloe vera gel. Coat your hair and leave in for about 10-15 minutes before you rinse.
Flax seeds are another great at-home ingredient you can use for a mask. They’re jam-packed with fatty acids that will help thicken your hair. Soak the seeds in water for about five days, then apply all over your hair. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before you rinse.
Ask for extensions
You also always have the option of using extensions in your hair if it’s actually really bad and you feel you’ve tried other options to no avail. The number one thing to remember is that your health should be your number one priority. Make sure everything’s okay in that department; try to keep your stress triggers to a minimum and definitely exercise to maintain great physical and mental focus, plus healthy hair nourished from within!