10 Ways Women Over 40 Can Get Their Best Hair Ever
When you have a bad hair day in your twenties simple solutions that come to mind include: pulling your hair back into a bun or tight ponytail, accentuating your outfit to hopefully distract anyone from noticing your insecurity, or showing up late to work because, well, you need to start over and restyle.
Luckily, when you’re younger, your hair can handle a harsh up-do, but as you age, this go-to hairstyle can work against you – not to mention, years of tight hairdos can cause traction alopecia or hair loss caused by certain manipulating hairstyles.
In your forties and beyond, a bad hair day can turn into bad hair years if you let it. Certain hormonal factors like lower estrogen can contribute to lackluster hair, making you miss the locks of your teens and twenties. However, you don’t have to accept that hair thinning, dryness, and fading color just “comes with age.”
Check out these 10 ways to great hair after 40, so you can proudly reflect on good hair in years to come.
- Maintain a Healthy Scalp
Your scalp epidermis, dermis and hair follicles are involved in the functional integrity of hair growth. Maintaining a healthy scalp contributes to healthy hair. A good analogy for this from the American Academy of Dermatologyis: “the scalp is analogous to topsoil – that is, the thicker the topsoil, the better the grass will grow. This may be the case in the scalp. Healthy scalp skin with a normal pH and normal thickness of the epidermis and dermis will improve hair growth and/or decrease hair shedding.”
- Protect Your Hair from the Sun
As we just said, a healthy scalp is crucial for healthy hair after 40. Just as you protect your skin in the sun, you also have to protect your scalp. UV sun damage can accelerate the thinning hair process. This is because “Sun damage to the scalp can result in damaged stratum corneum cells, atypical epidermal cells, a thinned epidermis and a damaged dermis.” A solution? Wearing hats can help protect the scalp when you’re out in the sun. Another solution is to use products that contain UV filters. Luckily these days manufacturers are using these types of ingredients in some Leave-in or hair spray products.
3. Change Up Your Diet
Nutrition is key to healthy hair. Like the saying goes, “You are what you eat,” your hair needs a balanced diet to shine. According to dermatologists, “Red meat and eggs contain significant cystine, but many people have decreased intake of red meat and eggs to lower blood cholesterol levels. To avoid unhealthy dietary changes, it is more efficient to take a multivitamin and an amino acid supplement on a daily basis to improve scalp skin and hair growth.” We change our diet as we age because some foods we ate when we younger work against us as we age like red meat. When your hair gets used to certain nutritional elements and then those are removed, there needs to be adequate supplements for hair and overall health.
- Know When Changes are Hormonal
The onset of menopause causes many changes to your body, and the when your levels of estrogen drop, some women may experience hair loss.
5. Wash and Condition Your Hair
By your 40s, you know what type of hair you have. If you have oily hair, it’s important to wash it more frequently. However, as you age, your scalp makes less oil so you will not have to shampoo as often. Dermatologists also suggest that you “concentrate conditioner on the tips of the hair because conditioners can make fine hair look limp.”
6. Monitor Hair Brushing
Ever heard of the saying that you must brush your hair 100 times a day? Dermatologist Paradi Mirmirani puts the myth to bed. “Hair myths, such as brushing your hair one hundred strokes each day, can cause split ends. Having healthy hair is possible if you know how to care for your hair before and after styling.” Don’t worry about brushing your hair all the time, just make sure you brush it at least when you style.
- Take Caution When Styling
We style our hair every day. But styling can damage your hair as well – especially after years. No matter your hair type, excessive heat can damage your hair, making it look brittle, frizzy and lackluster. It’s good to follow these AAD tips:
Let your hair air dry when possible.
Use the lowest heat setting.
Limit the time a hot comb or curling iron touches your hair.
Use these tools less frequently, aiming for once a week — or even less often.
- Take Care When Coloring
Between age 45 and 65, 74% of people are affected by grey hair. Greying is caused by a lack of melanin in hair, and new studies conducted by the University College London have linked greying to an additional gene IRF4, which “confirms graying has genetic and environmental components,” according to Mayo Clinic.
To offset greying, many women choose to color treat their hair. However certain types of coloring, especially box dies that aren’t done by a professional, can cause damage and prevent you from beautiful hair after age 40. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends adding more time between touch-ups, especially when the air is dry like in the winter. Additionally, when in the sun, the AAD recommends using a leave-in conditioner that contains zinc oxide or wearing a wide-brimmed hat to avoid fading.
If you let your hair grey, there are amazing “purple” shampoo that can tone the “goldish” color and keep your natural color vibrant. Have one of this shampoo at home and use it when necessary.
- Cosmetic Techniques for Great Hair After 40
While a lot of great hair has something to do with what you’re eating, what vitamins you take, and how you live your life, there are a couple more ways to get great hair after 40 that have nothing to do with science. These examples are adjusting your hairstyle and watching your color selection.
You don’t have to chop off your hair as you age. You can still rock longer lengths, but it’s recommended to add in face framing layers to soften your face. Additionally, if you choose to color your hair, going too dark – like jet-black – can cause a stark comparison between your hair and your skin. As we age, it’s best that our hair color selections match our skin.
10. Choose Smart Products
To get optimal results and great hair after 40, make sure you’re using the right products. For color-treated hair, find a formula that’s specific to chemically treated hair. That’s why customizable hair products are so key.
All hair is diverse. That’s why it’s so important to specialize your hair care regimen. At Shtrands, we’re taking our passion for beauty, science and emotion in their crudest form we guide our guests in creating a foundation on which they are able to create their version of individuality into the physical realm.
Shtrands offers a subscription-based hair care regimens that are personalized for each guest’s hair type and personal needs. Every 2 or 3 months (your choice) you will receive 4 full-size, luxurious products that are tailored for you, partnered with hair care directions to ensure maximum benefits. All the products are curated and matched to your unique hair/scalp parameters by our hair care professionals and cosmetic chemists.
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