Our lifestyle is reflected in our hair. It may not get wrinkles but it still ages. Gray hairs, dullness, thinning strands, are all signs that could potentially happen after 35. For hair that’s bouncy, shiny, and youthful looking follow this advice:
Use less shampoo.
Lather, rinse, and don’t repeat. Too many suds in your hair remove important lipids and essential oils near the scalp that boost shine and prevent breakage. After menopause your scalps lipid count start to drop. Use moisturizing or color-protecting shampoos, which will do the least damage (1).
Be gentle with wet hair.
Don’t brush or comb it right out of the shower; use a wide tooth comb instead while there is still conditioner on it. Never rub it with a towel in order to dry. And once or twice a week, you can try to slather on a creamy deep conditioner with essential oils like thyme, rosemary or lavender (2).
Use Less Heat.
All the tools we use to make our hair ‘pretty’ also require massive amounts of heat. Use ceramic irons and curling tools that don’t get exceedingly hot. Dullness, dryness, and frizz are compounded by blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. Use a heat protective spray that coats hair with layers of silicone that will block the heat from damaging it (3).
Loosen up and add the volume.
We can all feel it ourselves, no need for a scientific explanation, tight ponytails, braids, topknots, and hair towels pull on your roots and lead to breakage. Try another style!
Low pH means more hair.
About one-third of women experience hair loss by the time they reach middle age (4). Use a shampoo with a low pH and the oils in your hair build up around the follicle and cause vulnerable roots to shut down faster (5). And contrary to hair lore, brushing won’t make you bald. Hair loss is a problem at the root—it has nothing to do with all the styling we do to our hair – that includes styling, straightening, and coloring (nice to know).
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