Your personal style and tastes change over the years—not surprisingly, so does your hair. We can’t tell you how to turn back the hands of time. Age means shrinking hair follicles, fading hair pigmentation, and a decrease in the natural oils from the sebaceous glands in the hair follicle—not to mention excess shedding. We all have to face that music eventually. What we can do is share a few tips on how to get healthier, younger-looking hair by updating a few of your styling techniques, hair care products, and steps in your daily hair care routine.
1. Update Your Cut
As your hair becomes thinner over the years, it never hurts to update your haircut to a shorter ‘do. If you prefer long- or medium-length hair, consider a long, layered cut.
Layered hair may end up looking thin and stringy if there are too many layers, so keeping the layers longer and more cohesive can help to give the illusion of added value. Combining a layered cut with some subtle highlights can enhance the appearance of volume, as well!
2. See Your Healthcare Provider
If you suddenly experience hair loss, thinning, or scalp irritation, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Discussing these signs and symptoms as soon as they occur may help to rule out more serious conditions like anemia and autoimmune disorders, as well as any adverse side effects from medications you may be taking.
3. Balance Your Diet
If you want to have healthy hair, it’s essential to have a diet with sufficient amounts of protein, vitamins, and minerals—otherwise, thinning hair could be around the corner.
If you’re worried that you may have a nutritional deficiency, particularly iron, see your doctor about getting a blood test. Blood work can determine whether you’re getting enough iron, vitamin D, and other nutrients on a daily basis. If that’s the case, your doctor may recommend changes to your daily diet, as well as a multivitamin or dietary supplement.
4. Use a Purple Shampoo
Gray hair tends may become brassy and dull over time. Purple shampoos work to combat brassiness by neutralizing yellow tones in gray hair.
The result? Shiny, pure gray locks that aren’t brassy or yellow. Gray strands look lively and vibrant, working to provide you with a more youthful appearance.
It sounds strange, but remember your color wheel: Since graying hair tends to become dull and brassy over time, a purple shampoo can neutralize the lighter, yellow tones.
The result? Shiny, pure gray locks that aren’t tinged with a brassy, yellow hue. Having your natural color would be ideal, but the pure gray strands look lively and vibrant, giving you a more youthful appearance than you’d otherwise have.
5. Choose Strengthening Formulas
When shopping for shampoos and conditioners, look for formulas that contain ingredients that strengthen and repair thin, brittle hair.
By giving your hair the nutrients it needs—like biotin, niacinamide, and keratin or argan, coconut, or macadamia oils—it can start to appear thicker, healthier, and fuller.
6. Use Thickening Haircare Products
Products designed to thicken your hair can amp up the volume quickly.
Volumizing serums, sprays, and creams help to coat the hair cuticle and give it the appearance of fullness and volume. Ingredients like caffeine, green tea extract, saw palmetto, and rosemary oil can help contribute to a thicker-looking mane.
7. Try Hair Oils
We mentioned that the oil-producing sebaceous glands start to slow down as we age—this means drier, lackluster hair.
Some oils may help seal the strands of your drying hair after it’s styled, while others can work nicely as a type of pretreatment to moisturize your hair before showering each day. Looking for nourishing oils like argan, macadamia, or Gotu kola nut oil.
8. Hydrate Your Strands
Using a deep conditioner like a moisturizing hair mask on a weekly basis can help to hydrate your hair, preventing breakage and split ends.
We’ve mentioned it a couple times, but both macadamia oil and coconut oil can help to nourish your hair and lock in moisture. Leave-in conditioners are also a great option to maintain moisture in your soon-to-be hydrated locks.
9. Consider a Humidifier
If you’re noticing that your scalp is on the dry side, has flakes, or is frequently itchy and irritated, getting a home humidifier may help. By adding moisture to the air, humidifiers can support both hair and skin hydration by keeping both from drying out.
10. Brush Your Hair Regularly
By brushing frequently, your hair can stay moisturized by distributing the natural oils from your scalp to the tips of your hair strands. Natural oils from the scalp keep your hair shiny while protecting your hair against unnecessary breakage.
Even better, gentle brushing can encourage circulation in the scalp, potentially supporting thicker hair growth. A boar bristle brush with gentle, yet firm, natural bristles can take care of this effectively while still creating a gentle brushing experience.
11. Limit Styling Sprays Containing Alcohol
Alcohol and water don’t always like to mix. Even though they might lock in your style, hairsprays with alcohol can be damaging by locking out the moisture you’re looking for in the cuticle. If possible, try to hold back on hairsprays with an alcohol base!
12. Lay Off the Heat
Heated styling tools can dry out your hair, causing damage to hair that may already be thinning. Since dry hair contains fewer natural oils, it may be more prone to breakage.
If possible, try to use your straightener or curling iron at a lower temperature, and consider skipping the heated styling tools a few times each week altogether. If you do choose to use your heated tools, apply a heat protectant to shield your hair from unnecessary heat and damage.
13. Opt for a High-End Hair Dryer
If using a hair dryer, invest in quality. A high-end hair dryer often incorporates state-of-the-art technology that can properly control the heat and support healthy hair during the drying process.
14. Don’t Get Bangs
When someone notices their thinning hair, they might feel tempted to go for bangs—many often regret doing so.
Why? Bangs can accentuate a thinning hairline by putting the sparseness on display front and center. Instead, aim for a side part or a look that frames the face instead, or consider a root volumizing styling product to add lift to the crown area for extra oomph.
15. Use Dry Shampoo
Swap out your typical shampoo for a dry shampoo. Not only is shampooing daily in the shower harsh for hair that’s already thin and brittle, a dry shampoo can keep your hair clean while boosting volume and absorbing the hair’s natural oils.
16. Try Clarifying Shampoo
Clarifying shampoos clean the scalp by removing built up product, dead skin cells, and natural oils. If using one, limit used to once a week for deep cleaning.
17. Read Hair Product Labels
Always read the label. Haircare products that contain alcohol and sulfates can dry out your hair, causing potential excess damage.
Seek out ingredients that hydrate your hair instead.
18. Give the Illusion of Fullness
It’s not an ideal solution, but adding tinted hair fibers like Toppik can create the illusion of thickness and body in the hair, making it a simple, inexpensive way to give your hair an anti-aging boost.
19. Color Your Grays
If nothing else, adding a semi-permanent or permanent color to your hair can help to hide any unwanted gray hairs from breaking through. Even just adding highlights or coloring a few strands can add the appearance of texture and volume.
Ask your stylist to frame your face with a few highlights to provide shine, volume, and lightness to your overall look!
No matter your age, there are plenty of ways to incorporate a youthful look into your style and up your game. Styling products, creative cuts, and coloring products are one of the many ways you can get the job done and hit the look you’re aiming for. Never underestimate the impact of a healthy diet as well—but always talk to your doctor before making any major changes to your daily regimen.And we’ve saved the best for last: Revela’s Hair Revival Serum is an excellent choice to help bring back a fuller head of head and restore that youthful look you’ve been longing for. It’s suitable for all ages, all hair types, and all genders, and you can see results in as little as six to eight weeks, guaranteed. What are you waiting for?