How to Enjoy a Holistic Approach to Your Hair
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A Holistic Approach to Your Hair

Here’s how to meet age-related challenges head-on.

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If there’s one mood good hair days evoke, it’s confidence. But with age, our relationship with our hair can become more of a love-hate situation. From thinning and breakage to dryness and grays, we may need to learn new ways of nourishing our hair to keep it looking its best. To start, we’ve got to acquaint ourselves with ingredients that address the three primary ways our hair evolves with age. Then we can alter our habits to care for our ever-changing strands properly.  

If you see…thinning 
If you’ve noticed your hair isn’t as full as it used to be, or that it sheds more frequently, it’s not your imagination. Hair follicles shrink with age, and the rate of hair growth slows down. As strands become thinner, it can be tough to create voluminous styles. Thickening shampoos and conditioners fatten up strands while still protecting the cuticles. Using these products takes the guesswork out of getting hair that is full and lush. While genetics often play a role in hair density, overhandling your hair can also lead to breakage. Hair is fragile, so consider a less-is-more approach when styling and touching your locks. 

If you see…damage 
The strength of our hair and scalp is largely impacted by a variety of lifestyle factors such as stress, coloring, heat styling, and what we put into our bodies. Stress and vitamin deficiencies can cause temporary hair loss and affect the overall health of our hair. Small measures like drinking enough water and eating a diet filled with calcium, protein, and iron will help give your strands the extra boost they need to stay healthy. Also, look for foods rich in biotin and zinc, as well as vitamins A, C, D3, and E.

Thinning, dryness, and damage may be common, but you don’t have to live with these changes.  

If you see…dryness 
The simplicity of wash-and-gos may have made styling easy in our younger days, but in our 60s, daily washing can lead to drier, limper hair. Nowadays, our hair produces less oil and becomes more prone to breakage. So, while oily hair days may become a thing of the past, we have to shift our focus to the health of our scalp and treating hair that now feels brittle.  

Consider adjusting your wash schedule to a few times a week instead of washing your hair daily. Use products with ingredients like caffeine and ginger to help stimulate your scalp while nourishing and fortifying your strands to keep them soft. Additionally, give your hair some much-needed TLC with hair conditioners, serums, and masques that have moisture-rich ingredients like argan oil, and mango and avocado butter. This will help you combat issues with frizz and ensure your hair is healthy and retains its hydration and shine. 

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