It is no secret that the ageing can have huge affects on your hair. Although women do not usually have issues with balding, as we age our hair can become dry, dull and lacking in overall oomph.
However there are some steps you can take to look after and nourish your hair as you age.
Change Your Diet:
The general rule is that your inner health is reflected in your skin and hair. In particular there are some foods that are particularly nourishing for your hair:
- Foods salmon and flaxseed: Foods with Omega-3 and fatty acids help stimulate hair growth.
- Dark Green vegetables: Foods packed full of vitamin A and vitamin C are important for healthy hair. These vitamins allow your hair to naturally conditioner itself.
- Eggs, beans, poultry and red meat: These foods contain plenty of protein, which aids the growth of hair by providing it with plenty of oxygen and nutrients.
- Blueberries: These berries contain vitamin C which is crucial for good blood circulation to the scalp and follicles.
Brush Your Hair:
Simple but effective. The act of brushing your hair is actually extremely beneficial to the overall health of your hair. For example, brushing cleanses hair and eliminates waste such as acids and impurities that can gather around your scalp and roots of your hair. In addition it helps to keep the pores of your scalp open so that they breathe and retain natural oils. Brushing your hair also helps stimulate blood capillaries to encourage oxygen and nutrients to travel to your follicles.
Biotin is a natural supplement used for growing healthier, stronger hair and nails. Biotin in low levels is found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, eggs and peanuts. Biotin will not help baldness however the results of taking biotin are usually much thicker, healthier and fuller hair. Taking biotin is non-toxic and is considered safe.
Natural biotin tablets are available from ePharmacy for $13.39
Smoking ages both your hair and skin prematurely. The chemicals found in cigarettes reduce the amount of oxygen carried by your red blood cells. This means that ultimately your hair will not receive the right amount of nutrients and oxygen it needs to remain healthy and strong.
Avoid Using ‘Dulling’ Hair Products
Hair products such as hair spray and mousse more often than not contain quantities of alcohol, which will dry out your hair. Instead use a light volumising spray (a lot don’t contain alcohol) to the root of your hair or a small portion of wax for hold.
A common side effect of ageing hair is dryness. The oil in our scalp is designed to travels down the follicle and coat the hair, however as we age the oil glands shrink which can cause dryness. Adding oil such as Argan oil to your hair will hydrate and protect the follicle. Note that heating your hair through blowdrying or straightening for example also strips your hair of natural oils.
Moroccan Argan oil, penetrating oil is available from ePharmacy for $19.99
Do you have any useful tips to help keep hair looking and feeling healthy? What is your usual regime for caring for your hair?