There's an old saying that time waits for nobody, but we can definitely make the hair fall wait! Rare as it may be, we do at times see people well past their prime with a head of hair that would make a 20- something jealous, and that's exactly what we all want to have as we grow older. Genetics do play a huge role when it comes to hair unfortunately, but it isn't the only thing that matters. Even people with great hair may lose most of it by the time they get past fifty, while people with relatively thin hair might be able to retain their mane well into their sixties with proper care. To help you get some insight into the secrets of maintaining a healthy scalp, here are a few tips to live by.
Nourishment is Essential
Nourishment from both outside and inside is essential in keeping your hair healthy throughout the years and as should be obvious, this is an ongoing process. If you wish to get older with great hair, you will need to start caring for it and nourishing it from a young age. Speaking of nourishment, biotin and niacin are very important for strong hair, so make sure that your diet consists of the following:
Biotin: Animal liver, salmon, egg yolks, nuts, avocados, sweet potatoes, etc.
Niacin: Animal meat (liver in particular), chicken and turkey breasts, tuna, salmon, etc.
As far as outside nourishment is concerned, you can either take the natural route of making weekly hair packs at home, or you can just pick up and use readymade products from a reputed brand; the ultimate point is to take care of your hair and scalp on a regular basis.
If It Shines, It Looks Young!
When we are younger, our hair has a kind of natural shine, but we slowly lose it as we age. Therefore, dull, lifeless hair is synonymous to age in popular perception. To prevent your hair from looking dry and brittle, here are a few points to keep in mind:
- Colored hair looks lifeless on fading, so color gloss is a must
- Get a color gloss treatment on every alternate coloring session at the salon
- Prefer volumizing sprays over mousse/aerosol sprays used for matte finish
- Use hair serum for retaining the shine, but use it conservatively
Maintain a Healthy Scalp
Hair grows out of the scalp, so it is of absolute importance to keep your scalp moisturized, clean and healthy at all times. Diseases such as psoriasis of the scalp can be a major obstacle if you want to age with a head full of healthy hair, so detecting such problems and treating them in time is essential in maintaining a healthy scalp. As a reminder, go through the following points and see if you have them all checked or not:
- Wash your hair and scalp with a mild shampoo at least twice a week, but not more than three times
- Keep the oiling restricted to once a week in general, and twice if you have dry skin and hair
- Go to a dermatologist if you find yourself scratching your scalp often
Mix Up Where You Part Your Hair
If you can, don't part your hair at all, but avoid parting it from the middle every day as a rule. Wearing your hair in the same way each day wears it down and causes breakage. Also, full bangs are a great way to hide wrinkles on your forehead, while giving people the appearance of a full head of hair, even when it has thinned a bit.
As an additional tip, remember that stress is an enemy of your hair. Stress can directly contribute towards hair loss and that effect is made stronger as we age. Therefore, try to bust stress at every chance you get because as we get older, stress and tension does have a way of mounting on!