Want to stop the clock on ageing hair? Yes, you can! Ria Gyapersad of Glampalm shares answers to 5 ageing hair care questions.
We experience many signs of ageing as we get closer to our golden years; a few extra laugh lines, reduced skin elasticity, and — to our dismay — a sag over here and a bag over there. The one sign of ageing that we often overlook, however, is the ageing of our hair. And there is something we can do about to give it the best TLC possible!
1. What are the most common concerns of ageing hair?
As we age, so does our hair. The most common concern of ageing hair is, of course, greying — when the strands of our hair lose their pigmentation and become brittle. Dry and brittle hair can lead to hair loss if left untreated, making this another common concern.
2. Why does hair become dry and brittle?
As we age, our oil glands start to shrink, which results in a dry scalp and dry hair. Dry hair is a sign of hair damage, and it can trigger breakage. When you’re younger, oil from your scalp travels down your follicles and coats the strands, which results in shiny, healthy hair. Too much chemical damage, from treatments such as perms, relaxers, colour and bleach, can also cause brittle hair.
3. What products are recommended for ageing or greying hair?
Ria recommends products that are rich in moisture and oils — these will give an overnight moisture boost to dry, brittle hair. Look for products that contain, specifically, avocado oil for softness and moisture, proteins to help strengthen your hair and amino acids for deep conditioning.
Before brushing or styling hair, Ria suggests using an intensive leave-in conditioner to protect and nourish your hair — this also helps prevent any snapping or breakage, which is common with ageing hair.
4. How can you protect ageing hair at home?
Ultimately, you should avoid colouring your hair, but, if you absolutely must, rather touch up your roots every four to six weeks instead of colouring your full head of hair. Another piece of advice Ria suggests is to avoid using a fine-tooth comb on wet hair as it causes a lot of breakage — rather brush your hair in the shower with a paddle brush while you have conditioner in, which will remove all knots easily without causing breakage.
5. Are there any effective treatments for hair thinning and fall out?
Ultimately, you need to find the root of the problem. Is your hair falling out because of stress, a medical condition (such as alopecia or pregnancy) or perhaps male-pattern baldness? There could be a number of reasons why you’re losing hair. It is vital that the stylist who recommends products to you is well-educated on hair loss and is able to advise a treatment for you based on why it’s occurring.
Here are some more fab hair care tips to help ensure that your locks stay gorgeous and shiny: