As many women have found, it becomes more difficult to style and maintain hair as we age.Â This is, because as experts confirm, hair just like our skin and bodies also ages.Â Neglected or abuse hair sees a decline in its strength, no matter what one’s age.Â However, ageing hair is far more delicate and needs more than a little extra tender loving care.
It is actually around the time when we hit 25-years of age that hair begins to age.Â Each strand shrinks 10% in diameter, loses it shine becoming duller, mainly due to the loss of melanin, the pigment that gives colour to our skin and hair.Â Just a skin can age prematurely, so too can hair if we abuse it and misuse chemicals and heat styling tools on it.Â The signs of ageing hair include weak, brittle, dry hair, including a flaking scalp, zillions of split ends and hair that has an extra fine and frizzy texture.
To strengthen ageing hair, one has to strengthen and moisturize it with the right product combinations.Â You can achieve this easily with a daily care regime, including getting the right haircut.Â Hair designing experts recommend ageing hair be cut and styled differently.Â Softer, looser curls or waves make anyone appear younger, whereas sharp angles and severe shapes have the opposite effect.
As well, treat ageing hair to softer, slightly lighter hair colour that has varied tones.Â Dark, solid shades must be avoided at all costs.Â When selecting a shade of hair colour, ensure it also complements your skin and eye colour.
Here are some top ten anti-ageing tips offered by hair design experts:
Always, use products that have been specifically designed for rejuvenating ageing hair.
Indulge in some deep, intense hair conditioning by treating your hair to regular salon hair and scalp treatments.
Eat a healthy diet aided by supplements of essential fatty acids to supply nutrients to your hair, as it definitely is a reflection of inner health.
Keep skin and hair hydrated by drinking water.
To encourage healthy hair growth, exercise to maintain a healthy flow of blood to the scalp.
Prevent stress with a relaxation programme, as it takes a toll on one’s health, skin and hair.
Plenty of rest, proper sleep is very important to maintain the health of the entire body, including the hair.
Keep your scalp in optimum health, as a healthy scalp means healthy hair.
Wet hair should be treated with tender loving care.Â Always use detangling products before combing, preferably with a wide toothed comb only.Â A brush should never be used on wet hair as it causes it to break.
If possible, use satin pillowcases to reduce friction of the hair, as it causes breakage of hair.