how to keep aging hair healthy

Aging hair is a fact that most women around the age of 30, first begin to deal with, as those first strands of gray hair begin to appear.

As we age, especially during menopause , the production of melanin, keratin and sebum slows down. As a result, hair becomes thinner, weaker and dryer.

  • Melanin gives hair and skin their color.
  • Keratin is a protein that gives hair its strength
  • Sebum is the natural oil our skin produces.

Many women suffer from female-pattern baldness, which is a genetic and hormonal condition. Hair loss can also occur due to reasons such as extreme stress, medication or auto-immune disorders. See your dermatologist for testing and advice regarding the best treatment.

Helpful tips to protect aging hair

Rear view of mature woman's hair and hands

How our hair looks greatly affects how we look and feel. Keep your aging hair healthy by following these tips:

Treat it gently. Avoid handling your hair too much and doing anything that pulls it such as tight buns, ponytails, braids, rollers, etc.

Eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest . Healthy hair is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Get a good hair cut. Go to a good hair stylist, one that knows how to work with the hair you've got to make it look it's healthiest as well as making you look your best. The right cut can make you feel and look younger. A trim every 6-8 weeks will keep hair looking great.

Hair color. Keeping your natural color might be the healthiest choice for your hair, but it's not for everyone. Gray can be hard to color. It doesn't cover well and fades very quickly if not done by a good color technician. If you prefer to do it yourself and save some money get good advice before you attempt it. It could end up costing you even more not to mention the stress, if you botch it up.

Choosing the right color is crucial. Many women go blond to camouflage the roots that are growing in, but it can make them look washed out and drab. Going with a dark color can accentuate wrinkles and pale complexion. Highlights (or low lights for blond hair) can be the most natural looking and attractive choice for many women.

Cover your head when you go out in the sun. UV rays dry hair, destroy its shine and fade color. Use a sun protecting spray or lotion.

Rinse hair in fresh water before going in the pool. Hair that is saturated with water will soak up less chlorine water from the pool. Wearing a swim cap is another, less attractive option.

Shampoo less often. Oil production decreases as we age, so you might not need to shampoo as frequently. In most cases, shampooing twice a week should be sufficient. When shampooing concentrate on cleaning the scalp.

Use conditioners and masks after shampooing to add moisture and shine to aging hair.

Don't over–style your hair, but when using a dryer, curler or straightener iron protect your hair, especially the tips with a heat protectant product.

Add a few drops of pure natural jojoba oil to your shampoo or conditioner to give your hair the ultimate treatment.

Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is actually a liquid wax and not an oil.  It closely resembles human sebum and is absorbed easily not leaving skin or scalp feeling greasy.   Regarded as an effective conditioner and moisturizer, jojoba oil is antibacterial and an excellent cleanser which can be beneficial for a dry, itchy or sore scalp.  It contains vitamins E and B-Complex, as well as silicon, chromium, copper, zinc and iodine.

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