Anti-Aging Treatments for Your Hair
First, the bad news: to ward off the signs of aging not only does one need to eat right, excercise regularly, follow a skin care regimen and avoid excessive sun exposure; one must also not neglect one’s hair. That’s right — a full, glorious mane of hair signals health and youthful beauty. And it goes without saying that brittle, frayed strands have the opposite effect. But don’t tear out your (aging!) tresses in despair just yet, for I do have some good news: there is an abundance of new products on the market formulated to restore your hair to its former glory. Maintaining your lustrous locks and banishing “old hair days” has never been easier.
Just like the rest of you, your hair ages, and it’s not just limited to those annoying grays that typically start showing up in your mid-30s. The indignities of aging hair include loss of volume, brittleness, dryness, roughness, dullness and loss of color vibrancy. According WebMD, sebum production decreases with age, resulting in dry, lackluster hair. One can also expect thinning — both in volume and in the diameter of individual hair strands. Thinner strands contain less protein, making hair fragile and prone to breakage. The latest anti-aging hair products include shampoos that detoxify the hair and scalp to promote growth, nutrient-rich serums to combat hair loss and smooth brittle hair, and color reviving treatments.
To gently cleanse and nourish delicate dry hair, try Alterna’s Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture shampoo and conditioner. The sulfite-free shampoo adds volume to fine hair and is infused with “photozome complexes to minimize the visible signs of aging and lock in color”.
Nexxus also has a complete line anti-aging line. I like the Youth Renewal Elixir, which strengthens protein-depleted hair with keratin and replenishes each strand with argan oil, pearl extract and Omega-3 fatty acids.
If you’re prone to dryness and frizziness, you’ll want to try Davines’ deliciously scented, natural line. Their Momo Anti-aging Hair Crème moisturizes with lupin extract (derived from a type of legume) and rejuvenates the hair and scalp with walnut extract. UV filters protect hair from sun damage and maintain color. To revive your hair color try their Alchemic System, which subtly intensifies fading hair.