How to Care For Aging Hair

Lorie Knickle February 28, 2020

Age is a number to be celebrated. For many of us, it is also a source of insecurity. But age is beauty; it is experience; it is a lifetime and it is a goal to be admired. That's not to say aging doesn't come with challenges. Throughout our lives our bodies change, and some of those changes can be uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally. When we are accustomed to seeing ourselves a certain way, it can be frustrating to look in the mirror and see changes that we aren't comfortable with. And sometimes it's hard to know how to adapt our routines to work with those changes. Today we are going to chat about how to care for aging hair.

Protect Your Hair

As hair ages its natural lipid layers decrease. Lipids are a thick layer of fatty molecules that protect hair against excessive damage. So UV rays, rough brushing, hot hair tools, can all leave hair damaged and dull. Work with products that protect and preserve your hair to supplement this layer and keep hair healthy.
Protect with:

Shine and Protect Spray

Joico KPak Protect & Shine Serum 

(great for thicker, wiry hair) it protects, polishes and smoothes the cuticle.

Protection with Keratin
Or It’s a 10 Miracle Oil + Keratin

(great for finer hair) is a protectant and keratin treatment all-in-one. It protects and penetrates the hair shaft to strengthen from the inside out.

Grey hair

Give Your Hair Extra Moisture

Throughout our lives our scalps produce natural oils to moisturize our scalp and strands. Over time our scalps don’t produce as much oil, which results in dry strands and scalp. Luckily there are products that will help maintain moisture. Make sure to use a shampoo that cleanses gently, without stripping precious oils, followed by moisturizing conditioner.

In the shower, leave your conditioner on for a few minutes before rinsing to allow it to really penetrate your hair shaft. Shampooing less frequently can also help, as well as rinsing hair with cool water instead of hot water.

Try Redken's All Soft Mega Shampoo and Conditioner, which are both infused with superfood nourishment and moisture. At-home hair masks and in-salon treatments can be major thirst-quenchers as well. At home, try Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Mask with marine botanicals to deeply infuse moisture into strands. Or, for more intense and targeted results, add a treatment to your next salon service. Your Stylist can determine the best one for your hair type for brilliant results!

Hair Loss

The condition of your scalp largely impacts hair growth and loss. To promote a healthy scalp I recommend products containing Stemoxydine, which increases oxygen levels in the scalp to promote regeneration of hair lost through hypoxia, a condition that deprives follicles of oxygen. Try Serioxyl, a line of hair care products exclusive to Chatters Hair Salons in Canada, that are specifically formulated for hair loss concerns. The formulas also include antioxidants strand plumping ingredients to give the appearance of fuller hair.

 

Grey Hair Care
Grey Hair

Pigment loss can occur even in younger hair, and of course the result is the one most often associated with aging: grey or white hair. You can embrace your new natural colour, you can colour it or you can tone it! A word of warning: often times grey hair is stubborn and doesn't take to chemical processes very well. Colour tends to fade and needs regular care to upkeep, so if you go the colour route, try these tips for all things colour! 

Somewhere between your natural colour and coloured hair is toning. Toning is a colour correction using contrasting pigments to neutralize unwanted tones. So in greying hair that has a brassy hue, the yellow tones can be cooled down to a more cool grey or platinum without a full colour process. This is a great way to rock your natural colour with a little help.

Grey hair can be toned in the salon, or you can try a purple shampoo at home! Purple shampoo is an easy and inexpensive way to boost your natural grey or silver.

There are quite a few products that target different hair types. Here are some of my recommendations that may help you decide what will work for you! 

Brittle, Damaged Hair

Look for hair care with ingredients like panthenol, wheat protein, or Q10. All have strengthening properties to reduce breakage. BC Bonacure Q10 Time Restore Miceller Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask stimulate the production of Keratin to help hair gain strength naturally.

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Dry Hair and Scalp

As I mentioned earlier Redken's All Soft Mega Shampoo and Conditioner is such a great moisturizing combo and leaves hair so soft and healthy feeling. I also recommend Alterna Caviar Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. They not only moisturize, but also contain Alterna's Age-Control Complex for stronger healthier hair and are rich in lipids to help protect hair.

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Colour Care

Oh my goodness, the possibilities here are vast - there are so many options! To care for colour and deliver anti-aging properties, I would recommend Pureology Nanoworks Gold, for both it's anti-aging properties and anti-fade complex to keep colour vibrant. Alterna also has a colour care line that delivers anti-aging properties while caring for colour. Shop the Shampoo and Conditioner for your colour care.

Grey or Silver Hair

Bring out the lustre and the coolest shades of grey and silver with purple shampoo. Try out fan favourite AG Hair's Sterling Silver Shampoo and Conditioner. For an extra dose of brilliance, try the Sterling Silver Mask!

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Hair Loss

Thinning hair can be a complex issue and there are lots of products that can help! Nioxin offers systems that target specific hair types and thinning; read more on which system may be right for you in this Nioxin System guide. Serioxyl, as I had mentioned earlier, is an advanced collection formulated with the latest technology. Read more about Serioxyl and how these products lead the way in hair loss tech.

 

I hope these tips and product recommendations help you find something that works for you! If you still have trouble sorting out what you need, stop by a Chatters Hair Salon near you and chat with a Stylist or Beauty Consultant. Here's to looking and feeling your best, and having great hair days at any age!

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