As you get older your hair naturally starts to turn grey and become much thinner and coarser. There is no magic pill or way to prevent ageing, however there are some things you can do to help make the process a little more manageable and help keep your hair looking as healthy as possible. Here, Abbas Kanani, lead medical advisor at Chemist Click reveals his tips for managing ageing, thinning hair.
1 Wash your hair less frequently
As you age you should try and wash your hair less frequently. Washing your hair too much causes the natural oils to be stripped away, which leaves it looking dull, over-washed and could actually promote scalp irritation as well as hair loss. Try to limit washing your hair to once a week. If you find it is becoming greasy, you can always pop in a bit of dry shampoo to remove any unsightly grease.
2 Invest in good hair care products and volumisers
As you get older your hair begins to thin and go grey, so this is the time that you really should start to take care in your hair and invest in products that will keep it looking as thick and luscious as it can. There are many high-quality shampoos, conditioners, masks and serums that are created for older hair that will keep it looking and feeling healthy. I would recommend spending a little more for products that only offer quality ingredients without nasty chemicals.
3 Eat a healthy, protein-rich diet
Ensuring you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having a balanced diet with lots of fresh veggies and protein-rich food will help your hair keep its vital proteins that are needed to keep it looking thick and healthy, even when it starts to go grey. Food such as eggs, berries, spinach, fatty fish, sweet potatoes, avocados, nuts and seeds are all great protein rich foods for healthy hair.
4 Try hair supplements
It’s always a good idea to introduce supplements into your life once you reach a certain age, and just like so many supplements that are taken for our overall health, there are also ones you can take to help keep your hair looking thick and healthy. Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, folic acid, Zinc and biotin all help to improve hair health, so if you can find supplements with these in then this is a step in the right direction. Omega 3 and 6 also help to protect against hair loss. Treatments for hair loss include Finasteride, however you may want to speak to your GP first if this is a concern.
5 Check medications with your GP
Certain medications can cause hair loss or promote hair thinning and damage. I would advise speaking to your GP and educating yourself on the various side effects from certain medications, they may also recommend hair thickening treatments to counteract these side effects.