Aging can be empowering; yet, it can still come with unwanted side effects. This can be especially true in the beauty department, as skin and hair have to work much harder to retain moisture and structure. While gray hair is beautiful and a part of life, we all want to be sure that we’re maximizing hair health to the fullest, even as we begin to age.
Switching up or refocusing a few key aspects of our lifestyle is a guaranteed way to make sure that we’re on the right track and age with the utmost grace. Here are some lifestyle aspects that we should be focusing on now and in the future for a healthy beauty routine well into our fabulous 40s and beyond.
#1: Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is essential for maintaining strong, luscious hair as we enter our 40’s and beyond. Taking a daily multivitamin is an easy way to make sure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs, but many experts say that no vitamin is as effective as the one’s occurring naturally in the foods we eat. So what kind of diet does thinning hair require?
While it’s important to eat a wide range of vegetables, there are a few that specifically combat those suffering from thinning hair or complete hair loss. Dark, leafy vegetables such as spinach and Bok Choy contain a large supply of iron that counteracts hair loss. Eating orange foods, such as sweet potatoes is also a proven combatant. These foods contain powerful antioxidants essential for maintaining hair’s volume and encouraging growth.
Aging hair is prone to brittleness and weakness as elastin breaks down. Eating walnuts can help revitalize brittle hair. Walnuts contain essential oils that contribute to our hair’s elastin and Greek yogurt, a deliciously protein-packed snack, is linked to follicle health; yet another food we should consider incorporating into our diets as we age. Finally, vitamin E and fish oil are other natural sources for restoring thinning and brittle hair.
#2: Special Treatments
Hair loss, an unfortunate side effect of getting older affects over 40 percent of women. Talking to a doctor will help clue you in on special treatments formulated to help with balding or hair loss. A more natural approach could be treating your hair with bhringraj oil. Once massaged into scalp, bhringraj oil works to revitalize follicles and not only encourages hair growth, but will have it coming back stronger and shinier.
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Applying a protein treatment directly to hair can be just as helpful as consuming protein in our diet. Alterna’s Caviar Anti-Aging shampoo and Overnight Rescue serum are on the pricey side but worth every penny and come recommended for aging hair.
Biotin is also a well-known and highly-effective natural supplement meant to encourage hair growth. Hair grows in thicker and at a quicker rate when Biotin is taken daily for a short period of time.
#3: Styling Matters
There is a reason why women in their 40’s and beyond start rocking shorter hair. It makes drier and more brittle hair much easier to maintain. Shorter hair also serves to frame the face in a much softer, more complementing way than longer locks.
Dry hair is only worsened by heat damage. Blow drying hair on the cool setting and limiting the use of hair tools like curling and flat irons will make a world of a difference on your hair. It’s best if you can take a month-long sabbatical from heat tools, but any amount of break like only on weekends will help give your hair time to play catch-up.
Root touch-up pens are perfect for those of us with aging, color-treated hair. Your salon most likely offers a root touch-up that will extend the life of your last color job and go easy on the damage it does to your hair and wallet.
#4: Moisturize and Repeat
As age comes with more brittle and dry hair, it’s especially noted when hair loses its pigment. Gray and white hair are more susceptible to these issues and the best option is to continuously moisturize hair. Try incorporating a deep conditioner into your weekly hair routine and see the difference instantly. Even if you dye your gray hair, it’s still prone to dryness, especially after a fresh coloring at the salon. Apply a deep conditioning mask and keep hair washing to a minimum, as it’s known that frequent washing can dry hair out even more.
We’re hoping that these tips will guarantee you love your locks even as you begin to age and your hair becomes dry and brittle—but if you take our advice you’ll be looking fabulous in no time, and your luxurious locks will love you even more.