Baby Boomers

Why Let Go of Your Crowning Glory After 55?

August 19, 2019 • Fenny Peiffer

senior woman at the hair salon with girl barber doing haircut

As we age, our crowning glory, our hair becomes weaker and thinner. Although we exercise and eat well to keep those bumps and lumps away and indulge ourselves in skincare regimes to keep those ever-increasing wrinkles away, we do very little to maintain our aging hair. As we get older the growth cycle of our hair changes. The growth rate slows down considerably. We experience hair and color loss. To combat this, we do perms and color our hair, the result being that it further weakens our hair unless we follow a proper hair care regime.  

Shampoos and Conditioners

Healthy hair always looks good irrespective of age. In order to combat the signs of aging, you need to shampoo your hair on a regular basis and use a conditioner too. If you have very fine hair than use the conditioner only on tips. Avoid using heavy conditioners as they will weigh your hair down. Fine hair also benefits from products that give volume to the hair. A regular scalp massage will go a long way. It is also a wonderful way to de-stress yourself. There are many fortifying protein or vitamin treatments for hair that strengthens and boost your hair health. So, treat yourself to a spa treatment once every month or so through a professional hair salon that uses professional hair care products.

Hair Coloring to Hide the Grays

Graying hair, like wrinkles, is a sign of old age. As we age hair starts to become grey due to lack of melanin, it can also appear dull. For those of you who want to get rid of their grey hair, the option of hair colorants is available. If you have very few gray hairs, then stick to hair color, not more than 2 shades lighter or darker than your hair color for a natural finish. Fine hair will benefit from carefully placed highlights as these will give an instant impression of volume. Permanent color is the only way to completely cover grey hair. The full color needs touching every 4-8 weeks while highlights can last up to 3 months.

Choosing the Right Hair Style

Keeping the same hairstyle year after year is a big give away. However, skillful styling can hide a myriad of problems. Of you have fine hair than a bob or a blunt cut will give the illusion of thickness than wispy layers. When it comes to long tresses, you don’t need to chop them till you hit 40. However, past 50, you will need to sport short hairdos as thinning hair will leave scanty ends when you have longer hair styles.

In the end, keep your hair nourished by eating a well-balanced diet. Biotin and Niacin are very important for the growth of healthy hair. You can get over the counter supplements that truly work. Also, try to get hair treatment done regularly to your hair. Try to avoid hair dulling products like a mouse and aerosol sprays as they dry out the hair. Instead, use a pomade or serum for shine and hold. These measures will go a long way in keeping your hair healthy and beautiful past 55+ years.

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