When we talk about aging and the problems that come with it, one of the things we may not mention as often (but certainly experience) is the thinning, or greying of hair. Hair can start to look dried out and tired on different people at different times in life; some people find their first grey hair even in their 20’s! We notice that a lot of problems, in regards to hair, are very similar to the reasons we see rapid aging signs in the rest of the body. Not to fear! There are multiple effective and easy ways to keep hair healthy and young!
1. Don’t Over-Brush Your Hair
When I was still in my twenties, a friend of mine suggested this idea she had heard about making sure your hair goes through a hundred brush strokes before bed. Turns out, this wasn’t the world’s greatest advice because over-brushing your hair actually just stresses it out further rather than the opposite. You can cause damage to the outer layers of your hair by brushing too often and eventually this will lead to split-ends. If you have treated hair, dyed or otherwise, you can actually cause even more damage.
Of course, brushing the hair regularly is still something that is necessary, experts recommend limiting the comb to twice daily! Brushing the scalp allows for blood to flow to hair follicles and lead to hair growth. A higher quality hair-brush also leads to a higher quality brush stroke!
2. Try Biotin Supplements, or Vitamin H
Biotin is an essential vitamin (also known as Vitamin H) that converts nutrients to energy. It works, specifically, towards the health and growth of nails, hair and skin. Generally, you can find many sources of biotin in your regular diet, eating foods such as avocados and nuts. There are a number of other ways to supplement biotin if you are not getting enough, or just for added benefit! Biotin improves a protein called keratin, that makes up your skin, nails and hair.
Biotin is also known to help lower blood sugar in those with diabetes, and increase good cholesterol while reducing bad cholesterol! This is a great and easy way to make your hair healthy.
3. Eat Healthier
There are so many great foods to eat for hair growth and hair health altogether! As you grow older, there are a lot of reasons to start watching what you eat. Excess unhealthy foods can lead to weight gain, hair loss (if you aren’t getting sufficient nutrients), and an overall tired look.
Berries, avocados, nuts, eggs, spinach, and beans are just a few of the healthy, protein-rich foods to help your hair health! Shrimp are also a good source of protein, iron and vitamin D and B vitamins, which can aid hair growth. These are all great foods to eat to look younger! Hair loss is often attributed to iron deficiencies, and spinach is a great source; it also helps clear the skin!
4. Try A Hair Mask, Hair Oil, or Both
A hair mask is basically like a deep-cleanser for your hair. It can add strength, shine and make your hair healthier! Different hair masks can be aimed for different purposes in your hair, such as hydrating, moisturizing, strengthening and more. All of these things are great and can lead to a more youthful, voluminous head of hair. We also want something that is beneficial to the hair in every way, so aim for healthier ingredients.
The best hair masks are made with lots of natural ingredients like aloe vera, keratin, caffeine and also biotin! These are the kinds of masks we want for a healthy and young look. Different oils, such as jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil are also great for your hair. Essentially, the right oil can be a hair mask in itself. Argan oil has repairing qualities that work towards fixing damaged hair. Hair masks can be applied to your hair weekly, and depending on the instructions with the specific mask, you only need to leave it in between 10 and 30 minutes.
Our top pick is the L’Oreal Professional Absolute Repair Lipidium Mask as it targets damaged hair and leaves it stronger, smoother and softer. Best used as an occasional replacement for your conditioner, only requires 3-5 minutes of your time!
For blonde hair, we prefer L’Oreal Professional Blondifier Masque for its ability to restore and maintain the radiance of blonde hair. Infused with Acai Berry Polyphenol which prevents oxidation, this is a sustaining hair mask that effectively leaves hair smooth and shiny after just one use!
5. Just Like Skincare, Have a Routine for You Hair
Simple as that; try to keep up with a routine for your hair to keep it healthy and strong. If you want to know how to look younger than your age, have a regimen.
Unlike daily facial cleansers, however, it is important to remember that your hair does not require a daily wash to be healthier or better-looking. In fact, it is best to space out washes, once in three days, in order to retain the hair’s natural, healthy oils while stripping it only of excess dirt. Hair is made stronger this way.
6. Let Yourself Be
Embrace some of the natural aspects of life, such as the texture of your hair, and skip the hair straightening or the blow-dry. Constant heat and chemical product in your hair only works to add further stress to it, and you’ll notice that if you leave your hair in its natural element more often it will get used to it (and so will you).
There are certain times here at Anti-Aging Solutions when we consider it best to go back to the basics, and this is one of those times. We love your natural hair, and there is a lot you can do to enhance it’s look without damaging it!
One of our tried-and-true products here at Anti-Aging Solutions is the Wake Up Sleeping Hair & Repair Essential Oil, which works wonders after just a few weeks of routine application! Designed to sooth, nourish and repair, this serum proves itself to repair damaged hair and help you obtain a natural and beautiful look for your hair, and prove you don’t have to spend a million to look like it!