Your hair is a big piece of your first impression. It’s your crowning glory. Not only do people make snap judgements based on your hairstyle and color, it can also give away your age or even make you look older. This doesn’t just mean you’re getting a few grays. You can keep your hair looking shiny, bouncy and healthy with these tips.
1. Maintain Your Scalps Health
Your scalp is an extension of your skin and just like your skin – it experiences ageing effects. It’s important to take care of your scalp by using gentle products that contain essential oils, vitamin S and panthenol. These add shine and have anti-ageing effects. You should also:
- Protect your scalp/hair from the sun
- Be careful with hair dyes and hair relaxers
- Massage your scalp
- Eat a balanced diet
2. Create Lots of Volume
Volume will create the illusion of thick and luscious hair – even if you don’t have the fullest head of hair. We’re not suggesting you create a beehive of the Snooki bump every day but adding some volume will add vitality. We recommend using a volumizer that contains wheat amino acids. Teasing can lead to breakage so steer clear of that method.
3. Prevent Heat Damage
It’s important to be kind to your hair. Otherwise when you’re 45 it’ll look 75. While you might think blow drying, straightening, curling and tanning won’t damage your hair too much, it’s really important that you take precautions to protect your hair from heat damage.
- Air dry as often as possible
- Use a good heat protection spray before styling
- Opt for protectant sprays that have vitamin A and C
- Wear hats in the sun
- Use the right temperature with heating tools: The finer the hair, the lower the temperature
4. Wear Natural Textures
Wearing your natural hair texture won’t only protect your hair from curling or straightening but it will also make your hair look younger. Hair with waves and natural movement is much more youthful than stiff styles. All you need for this is a bottle of texturizer, homemade sea-salt spray, or try some overnight-styling techniques. This will also make your head of hair appear fuller.
5. Try a Different Parting
If you find that your hair is widening around your part, you could try a “zigzag” part instead of a straight part. You might also find that your hair is becoming duller and flatter so giving that same old part a new look will create volume and mask thinning. Win, win!
6. Try Taking Biotin to Improve your hair
Biotin is an essential vitamin for maintaining strong, healthy hair. If your diet lacks biotin your hair might becoming thinner. Studies have shown that a biotin supplement can safely promote volume and thickness in people who are experiencing hair loss. If you aren’t interested in supplements make sure your diets include lots of biotin rich foods including peanut butter, cheese, eggs and raspberries.
Biotin is a vitamin that’s important for keeping hair strong and healthy. Without enough biotin you find your hair becoming thin. Studies have shown that supplementing with biotin can help improve your hairs volume and thickness thus making it more bouncy. Try taking a biotin supplement or get plenty of biotin-rich foods in your diet.
7. Use Less Shampoo
Over-shampooing your hair strips away the natural lipids and oils that boost shine and prevent breakage. That can be especially problematic when you reach menopause because your scalps lipid count naturally declines. When you do shampoo, opt for shampoo that moisturizes and when make sure that you rinse the ‘poo out thoroughly.
8. Hide Grays Gray-cefully
Gray hair can be gorgeous but for the most part, grays tack years onto your appearance, especially when they’re around the hairline. There are so many products on the market today that are easy and effective to use. Don’t be afraid to conceal the grays at home and in-between salon visits. If you’re happy with the gray hue then use a gloss finish to add shine, it also makes your hair a little thicker!
9. Change Your Hair Color
It’s not just about the grays when it comes to keeping your hair looking younger. Although you might have had the same color for years, as you get older, you might have to choose a slightly different shade. As you age both your hair and skin loose melanin and therefore they become lighter. The color that you used in your 20’s probably won’t look as flattering when you’re 50. Lighter colors will help you look younger because they disguise ageing lines, compliment your lighter skin tones and they also make it easier to hide those pesky grays.
10. A Few Strategically Placed Layers
As we age, our hair often becomes duller and thinner. In addition to a well-balanced diet and moisturizing at every chance you get, the right haircut can give you younger and bouncier hair. Cutting off a little bit of length and opting for a few longer layers will lighten your hair but also make it appear thicker.