Beauty & Style
Make sure you’re not accidentally ageing your hair
- You don’t give much thought to your scalp
The older you get, the more you lose the small veins in your scalp, meaning your hair follicles aren’t getting the nutrients they need, he says. One easy way to get the blood flowing – and make your hair lush again – is by giving your hair that classic 100 strokes a day. Sure, it might smooth your hair, but best of all, it stimulates your scalp.
- You have the wrong hairbrush
- You wash your hair every day
She recommends cutting back on how often you wash your hair – stick to about two or three times a week – and using a gentler shampoo when you do suds up. A sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner will keep your scalp and hair from drying out too much in the shower, she says.
- You’re always pulling your hair back
“When a ponytail is really tight, it’s a lot of pressure on the follicle,” says Saviano. “Day after day, the follicle just gives in, and you lose that hair.”
Resist pulling your hair back unless you really need to, and during activities like a workout, try to keep the ponytail loose so you aren’t putting so much stress on your roots.
- You rely on dry shampoo
For a better anti-ageing hair care routine, make sure you’re washing your hair a couple of times a week; shampooing your roots helps stimulate the scalp, says Saviano.
- You use heavy, sticky products
“Be gentle: don’t use a product that is too sticky – nothing you put in and then have to really pull to work the brush through your hair,” says Burns.
Using products that stiffen your hair is just one of the hairstyle mistakes that age your face – and you should avoid them. Swap out mousse and root boost for lighter products, like a gentle volumiser or a hair tonic, she suggests.
- You load up on product
Give your hair bounce and shine by cutting back on the amount of product you use.
- You spend a ton of time in the sun
She recommends wearing a wide-brimmed hat to block those harmful rays. “It will keep the sun off of your face, ears, and scalp, which are susceptible to age spots, premature wrinkling, sunburn, and developing skin cancer,” she says.
- You don’t give pollution a second thought
“They produce free radicals reactive oxygen species that damage hair cells and disrupt the normal biochemistry of hair, thus making hair age faster and damage prone,” says cosmetic surgeon Dr Sonam Yadav.
- You straighten or curl your hair every day
- Your diet is lacking key nutrients
Some cases are more extreme, with women noticing the patchy balding called female pattern hair loss. Eating iron- and calcium-rich foods like spinach, dairy, and eggs can help.
If hair loss is extreme and noticeable work with your doctor to rule out underlying medical issues that could be throwing your hormones out of whack.
- You’ve been skipping your workouts
Anti-ageing hair is dependent on the blood-pumping benefits of a healthy circulatory system. “Get as much circulation as you can get,” says Burns. “Blood flow to the scalp is great.”
- Your shampoo is too intense
“Using a heavier shampoo like detoxifying shampoos might strip natural oils from the hair,” says Saviano. “You feel squeaky clean, which is good, but if you’re not using conditioner, your hair will look dull.”
- You ignore self-care
To keep stress from making age-related hair loss more pronounced, make sure you’re addressing sources of chronic stress in your life. Talk to a mental health provider about coping strategies, or pick up stress-busting activities like meditation and exercise.
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