They say that the only constant in life is change, and the older I get, the more true that statement becomes! Getting older brings about all kinds of changes, and those changes affect everyone differently.
For instance, if I had to pick one thing about me that has changed the most as a result of getting older, I would probably say that it’s my hair! The thick, stick-straight mane of my youth has thinned out considerably over the past couple of decades, both in terms of quantity and texture.
But having thinner hair isn’t the end of the world. In fact, with the help of a few simple tips and tricks for aging hair, we can make sure that our hair stays as healthy and beautiful for years to come! And that’s exactly what you’ll find in the list below! :-)
11 Of The Best Anti-Aging Hair Care Tips
1. Fix Your Diet
Healthy hair starts with a healthy diet! Protein is key for healthy hair and nail growth, so make sure you’re eating lean protein and drinking plenty of water too!
If there are nutritional gaps in your diet, taking a vitamin supplement can help. Vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B7, and vitamin B3 are all key players in hair growth, so look for these on supplement labels.
There’s also a lot of anecdotal evidence for collagen supplements aiding in healthy hair growth! (You can read more about collagen supplements here.)
2. Get Regular Trims
Getting your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks can help promote healthy hair growth. It’s also a great opportunity to try out a new haircut that can help your hair appear thicker!
For inspiration, check out this list of the 6 best cuts for thinner hair from PureWow.
3. Be Gentle
Our hair gets thinner, drier, and more brittle as we age. When it comes to caring for this type of hair, a gentle approach is key!
Avoid aggressive styling techniques and harsh chemical treatments, and wear your hair down as much as possible. And try not to take really hot showers, since hot water can strip the natural oils from your hair.
4. Use Light Hold Products
Hairsprays that offer strong-, ultra-, or mega-hold are often really drying because of their high alcohol content. Instead, opt for light hold hair products or make your own DIY version at home!
5. Remove Residue
When you do want to go heavier on your hair products, make sure to remove all that product residue from your hair. Try this DIY hair detox to gently remove residues and clarify your hair!
6. Wash Less
Washing your hair removes the natural oils that hydrate your tresses, so washing less often can help reduce dryness. Use a dry shampoo between washes to help keep your hair looking fresh and clean!
7. Brush With Caution
Did you know that your hair is actually a lot more fragile when it’s wet than when it’s dry? For that reason, it’s best to proceed with caution around wet hair!
Brush your hair before showering, and keep combing to a minimum afterward (at least until it’s dry.)
8. Use A T-Shirt Wrap
Another way to minimize damage to your fragile wet hair is to wrap it up in a t-shirt instead of a bath towel. Learn how to make your own gentle t-shirt hair wrap here!
9. Treat Your Hair
Conditioning treatments can do wonders for thin, aging hair, and they’re easy to do at home! I personally love this coconut oil deep conditioning treatment.
You just let it sit in your hair for about half an hour before washing it out. It is super hydrating and leaves my hair feeling so soft!
10. Talk To Your Doctor
If your hair is particularly thin or is thinning at a concerning rate, you may want to talk to your doctor. Certain health conditions and medications can contribute to hair loss, and your doctor can help you decide how to deal with those effects.
11. Embrace The Gray!
I think you should wear your hair in whatever style, color, or cut makes you feel your very best! But it’s also important to be aware that getting your hair dyed can be hard on it, especially if it’s drier and thinner than it used to be.
Embracing your natural hair color can help keep it healthy, and it can also be a very liberating experience! Get some useful and practical tips for going gray here.
How have you adapted your hair care routine to suit your changing hair?