10 Important Healthy Hair Tips After 50

Did you wake up one day and your hair all of a sudden seemed to stop performing for you like it used to? Gone are the days of the luscious hair you used to have in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s and hello to thinning, wiry, frizzy and brittle hair. What happened?! Welcome to middle age, aka 50’s and above. Don’t lose heart though because I am about to give you some hope! Below are 10 easy tips for you to start integrating into your schedule now that will have heads turning!

1. Less is More

Typically as we get older hair loses some of the oil that it once had to keep it shiny manageable. Sebum is our body’s natural oil production so if you wash your hair every day or every other day like you used to or because “Grandma said to”, then you are washing away what little amount of sebum is left in your matured hair, and thus causing hair to thin or get brittle. Wash your hair twice a week and your hair will start to shine and begin to look healthier!

2. A Balanced Diet

“Eat your veggies”, mom always said. Vegetables provide so many nutrients you can’t even imagine! Toss these vegetables into your shopping cart for that thicker and shinier gleam that you want:

  • Spinach – Rich in iron and zinc which helps in hair growth.
  • Onions – Contains zinc, iron and biotin. Also helps in the prevention of premature gray!
  • Carrots – B7 and Biotin. Biotin helps in hair regrowth and strengthens the roots.
  • Cucumbers – Can maintain healthy hair.
  • Tomatoes -Source of antioxidants that help get rid of toxins. Great for shine!

After reaching for those veggies rich in vitamins and minerals, don’t leave out sources of protein. As we age we lose muscle. What helps to build muscles? You got it! Protein! Protein not only builds muscle but also encourages hair growth. Eating a balanced diet rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals can promote healthy hair growth. Foods like salmon, nuts, leafy greens, and eggs are all good choices for healthy hair.

3. Choose the Right Hair Products

When we were younger we could put anything and everything in our hair and it didn’t phase it a bit. Not so as we age! Hair product choices are always important, however they are even more important now. That’s why products that encourage hydration is your best bet. One ingredient to avoid when looking for hair products is short-chain (bad) alcohols as opposed to long-chain (good) alcohols. Short-chain alcohols tend to evaporate quicker whereas long-chain alcohols contain fatty acids and provide moisture to the hair. So when you reach for that gel, hair spray or hair dye, keep this in mind:

4. Doctor’s Orders: A Laugh a Day Keeps the Bald Spots Away

If you are experiencing hair loss or other hair-related issues, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional or a dermatologist who can provide personalized advice and treatment options. They may recommend topical or oral medications, hair transplants, or other treatments depending on the underlying cause of your hair issues. Don’t always assume that age only is the culprit of your changing follicles.

Who would have thought that laughter could be the secret ingredient to healthy hair? Well, you’re in for a treat! As it turns out, a hearty chuckle may not only make you feel good, but also help promote hair growth. Time to get your giggle on!

A study conducted at the Harvard Medical School found that laughter has numerous physiological effects on your body, including reducing stress levels, which is a well-known contributor to hair loss. When you laugh, your body produces endorphins, and these little happiness chemicals are known to help reduce stress. So next time you’re stressed out, find something to chuckle about, and you might just save those precious locks of yours in the process.

Believe it or not, laughter also encourages better blood circulation. The better the circulation, the more nutrients and oxygen that can be delivered to your hair follicles, supporting optimal hair growth. So with every good belly laugh, you might actually be giving your hair a little boost of vitality.

While we can’t guarantee that a daily comedy routine will entirely save you from hair woes, it certainly won’t hurt. In addition to laughter, don’t forget to incorporate proper nutrition, exercise, and scalp care in your hair care regimen. And if you ever find yourself feeling down or stressed, remember to just have a good chuckle, because hey, it might just keep those bald spots at bay.

5. Exercise Regularly

Are you tired of battling hair loss or yearning for more luscious locks? It turns out that the secret to healthy hair might be hiding in your workout routine. A well-rounded exercise regimen can potentially stimulate hair growth, strengthen your follicles, and make an overall positive impact on hair health.

Getting your blood pumping through various exercise practices not only benefits your overall well-being but can also lead to better hair health. By diversifying your workouts and incorporating activities like yoga, jogging, weightlifting, swimming, dancing, and even pickleball you can target various aspects of hair care and hydration. Moreover, enjoying these activities can even help reduce stress, a known hair loss culprit!

6. The Good, the Bald and the Hairy: Medications

Taking care of your hair might seem like an uphill battle, but it’s important to remember that the medications you’re using could be playing a role in how luscious your locks are. Some medications can work wonders for maintaining a healthy mane, while others may have the unfortunate side effect of leaving you looking a little more like a bald eagle than you’d prefer. Keeping your hair in tip-top shape isn’t just about the products you put on it; it’s also about understanding how your medications can impact it.

Navigating the world of hair care is no easy feat, especially when you’re also juggling various medications aimed at improving other aspects of your health. With so many options available, it’s crucial to understand which ones may be beneficial to your hair’s health and which may send you scrambling for a hat or wig to cover up newfound bald spots. In the quest for healthy hair, knowledge is power, empowering you to make more informed choices about your medications and treatments.

Rogaine: The Hair Avenger

Behold, the mighty Rogaine, a hair loss treatment that’s come to save your precious locks from the evil clutches of baldness. This FDA-approved superhero of hair regrowth is also known as minoxidil. While it can’t solve every hair loss problem, Rogaine has proven to be quite effective for many folks in need of a hairline rescue.

But wait! Before you become best friends with Rogaine, it’s essential to chat with your trusty sidekick, your doctor. They’ll help determine if this hair avenger is the one for you, or if another valiant hair loss medication is better suited to fight your follicle foes.

As with all superheroes, keep an eye out for side effects (yes, even the good guys have them). Usually, the side effects are mild, and often temporary, but keep your trusty doctor in the loop about any changes.

Finasteride: The Baldness Banisher

Introducing the next fighter in your anti-balding arsenal: Finasteride, the Baldness Banisher. This powerful prescription medication means business when it comes to putting hair loss in its place.

Fear not, for Finasteride isn’t just a passing fad. It’s an FDA-approved treatment that has stolen the limelight with its outstanding effectiveness, leaving hairless scalps shaking in their boots.

However, as with Rogaine, a consultation with your doctor is vital. They know your scalp’s deepest, darkest secrets and can guide you on whether Finasteride is the perfect fit for your hair loss battle strategy.

Side effects? Oh, they might be lurking around the corner. Keep your eyes peeled and be sure to report any unusual changes to your doctor, your personal hair loss guru.

With these heroes and your doctor’s sage advice, you can stand strong against the forces of hair loss, and continue your journey towards the luscious locks of your dreams.

7. Hair Today…Gone Tomorrow

Although women tend to blame menopause on their thinning hair, there are 3 main things to consider: medical conditions, medications and emotional or physical stress. Let’s focus on number 3 since we have already covered the other two. When we are going through an emotionally or physically stressful situation, it not only puts a toll on our body but it can affect our overall health including our hair. When you feel stress coming on, it’s time to recharge! A recharged lifestyle allows you to think about something else. Whether it is going for a walk, taking in a movie or even planning a trip your locks will thank you!

8. Supplements and Vitamins: The Natural Nutritionists

Aging decreases the amount of estrogen and progesterone in our bodies which are known contributors of hair growth. Both men and women turn to their doctors for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) when supplements might just be the solution. Check out HRT from WebMD. Your doctor may suggest supplements that could counteract the lower levels of these important hormones. Here’s a quick rundown of some essential vitamins and minerals:

  • Biotin: This little gem is often hailed as the holy grail for healthy hair. Why not give it a whirl?
  • Iron: Don’t have a hair-raising experience just yet! Keep your mane calm and collected by meeting your daily iron intake.
  • Zinc: Envisioning your hair loss? Say no more! Muster up all the pow-zinc and feed those tresses some zinc.
  • Vitamin A: If your hair could speak, it’d be saying “A” as in “Awesome!” Vitamin A could be the key to unlocking your hair’s true potential.

Just remember, your mileage may vary, so consulting with a professional is always best. But don’t be too hard on yourself; you’re already rocking that natural headpiece no matter the results.

9. Happy Hair

Keep your hair happy and healthy! Here are some tips when styling and managing graying hair:

  • Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner: Gray hair can be more prone to dryness and frizz, so using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner can help keep it looking healthy and smooth.
  • Use a heat protectant: If you use heat styling tools like a blow dryer or flat iron, be sure to use a heat protectant to prevent damage to your hair.
  • Embrace your natural texture: Gray hair often has a different texture than your hair did when you were younger, so it’s important to work with your hair’s natural texture rather than trying to fight it.
  • Consider a shorter haircut: Shorter haircuts can be more flattering for gray hair, as they can help to add volume and make your hair look fuller.
  • Add some color: If you’re not ready to fully embrace your gray hair, consider adding some highlights or lowlights to give it some dimension and depth.
  • Use a volumizing product: As we age, our hair can become thinner and more prone to falling flat. Using a volumizing product can help to add body and fullness to your hair.
  • Protect your hair from the sun: The sun can be damaging to your hair, so be sure to protect it by wearing a hat or using a hair product with SPF if you’re going to be spending time outside.

10. Proper Night Care

A nighttime regime is great to have when preparing to go to bed because it puts us in “sleeping mode” and gets us ready for a good night’s sleep. Who would have thought our hair needs a regime too? It seems to take more effort to prepare for bedtime as we age but it will be worth it in the long run! Here are some tips so that your hair can have a good night’s rest too:

  1. Use a silk or satin pillowcase: Cotton pillowcases can cause friction and tugging on your hair, leading to breakage and damage. A silk or satin pillowcase will reduce friction and help your hair retain moisture.
  2. Apply a leave-in conditioner: As we age, our hair tends to lose moisture and become dry and brittle. Applying a leave-in conditioner before bed can help to hydrate and nourish your hair while you sleep.
  3. Avoid tight hairstyles: Tight hairstyles like braids, buns, and ponytails can put stress on your hair and scalp, leading to breakage and damage. Instead, try loose hairstyles or sleep with your hair down.
  4. Use a hair oil: Applying a hair oil before bed can help to nourish and protect your hair while you sleep. Look for oils like argan, coconut, or jojoba, which are known for their moisturizing and strengthening properties.
  5. Invest in a good quality brush: Using a brush with natural bristles can help to distribute the natural oils in your hair, keeping it healthy and shiny. Avoid using plastic brushes, which can cause static and damage to your hair.

From Age to Age

In conclusion, having healthy aging hair is achievable with proper care and attention. It is important to maintain a healthy diet, protect your hair from damage, and use products that nourish and strengthen your hair. Don’t allow Mother Nature to take you down because IT IS possible that you can enjoy beautiful and vibrant hair throughout your life! Remember, healthy hair is a reflection of a healthy lifestyle, so prioritize your self-care and enjoy the benefits of strong and resilient hair as you age.

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