There’s a common misconception that unlocking the fountain of youth needs to involve a complete, and often drastic, change in your appearance. Fear not, a few simple (and budget-friendly!) tweaks to your haircare routine can make all the difference in the anti-ageing stakes. Here are some of our favourite lotions and potions to help take years off your mane in minutes…
How to look younger by changing up your haircare routine:
Adjust your colour
Once your grey hairs outnumber their pigmented pals, you essentially have two choices: fight back (typically by going blonde for easy blending) or embrace your new hue. Both can look fresh and modern. It really all comes down to the tone, which should be cool and creamy, not burnt and brassy. Neutralise yellow with violet haircare ranges such as Blonde Muk Toning Shampoo by muk., which contains a strong pigment (just wipe down your shower afterwards). Or give grey hair a gorgeous silver sheen with a product like Hannon Platinum Shampoo, which leaves a nice, youthful shine.
Improve your condition
There are many factors that can make hair feel progressively drier: some causes are self-inflicted such as colouring, heat styling, or washing too often, and some are out of your control, like hormonal changes. Whatever the reason, there’s only one cure for frazzled ends and it involves scissors. But you can absolutely soften and smooth with a home treatment, too. Great masks to try are the once-a-week variety which delivers nourishing ingredients to repair and protect hair – they only need five minutes to work so you’ll be much more inclined to use them. Try Sorbet Drybar Feed Me Fabulous Intense Treatment or the Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask.
Change your cut
Forget compulsory post-40 bobs, says celebrity stylist Luke Hersheson. ‘Embrace the changes your hair is going through and change up your style too,’ he adds. ‘If your hairdresser asks your age, chances are that they have a preconceived idea of what “older” women should look like, and that usually translates into something short and generic. If that’s the case, now is a good time to change your stylist too.’
Look after your scalp
Experts are always on about scalp health, yet most of us focus on the strands that spring from it. Why? Scalps aren’t exactly sexy, but show yours some love and the results will be worth it. ‘One of the best ways to encourage healthy hair growth is to avoid a build-up of product, which can clog up follicles, making it physically difficult for hair to grow through,’ says expert stylist Siobhan Jones. Use a shampoo to remove product and sebum build-up along with an anti-bacterial leave-in treatment massaged into the scalp once a week. We love Schwarzkopf Bonacure Scalp Genesis Purifying Shampoo and Biosense Bioceuticals Revitalizing Follicle Lotion.
Boost your growth
‘There are many causes of hair loss as we get older, and these may coincide with menopause,’ explains dermatologist Dr Justine Hextall. ‘Fluctuating hormones can cause heavy menstruation and low iron stores, a common cause of hair loss.’ Encourage stronger hair strands with a protein-rich dose of Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo.
Add shine to short hair
In theory, short hair should be low-maintenance. In reality, without the weight of length, frizz and flyaways have a field day. Keep everything sleek and smooth with a tiny drop of oil, warmed in your palms and run through from mid-length to ends. Always blow-dry fine hair after applying oil so it doesn’t look lank; on thick or curly locks, you can add it in as is. We love Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for the perfect multitasking gloss, and OGX Argan Oil Of Morocco Penetrating Oil which has a silky formula.