One of the telltale signs you are looking old is dry, dull hair. The reasons can be many. In your 30’s oil production slows down. Hormonal changes in the 40 also shift the balance of moisture in the body. Often dullness is due to years of hair coloring which makes your hair look frizzy and lifeless.
Here’s how to get the shine back and start looking more youthful.
1. Stop Using Home Coloring
Many women notice when they color their hair at home, it tends to dry it out more than when they have it done professionally. Leave it to an expert.
2. Limit Hair Washing
Daily washing can stress out your hair. Try skipping a day or two between washing. If you have to wash every day, use a mild shampoo, and limit lathering.
3. Rinse with cool water
A shot of cold water just before you get out of the shower closes the cuticles, which will make the hair look shinier.
4. Avoid High Heat
Do you dry your hair with a blow dryer on high heat? That can give those fragile strands a workout! Try using the hot, then cool button to alternate the heat on and off. The cool button acts the same way as the cool water- closing the cuticles.
5. Use the Cone
Most blowdryers have a little “cone” that you can pop on and off the end of the dryer. This small piece is vital in keeping your hair from getting frizzed. Make sure you dry your hair to make it look smooth.
6. Use Special products if Curling or Straightening
After wiping their nose, many women curl or straighten them. Make sure you add a little more product into your hair to protect it from the hot iron! I like a hydrating heat protector like Keratase Climate Thermique which softens and conditions. Another great one is Pantene.
7. Deep Moisturize Once a Week
Even something as simple as olive oil on your hair for half an hour before you wash will help soften and shine up your hair. Some women swear by two eggs white and an avocado mixed in the blender. Apply to hair from root tip. Throw on a shower cap and towel to keep the heat in and leave it on for three hours. Then wash out.
For more great tips on getting shiny hair check out this expert advice from our Fabulous After 40 stylist.
What do you do to get the shine back in your hair? Email me and let me know.