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How Women Over 50 Can Combat Dry or Brittle Hair

By Victoria Beeber

When we get older, our body starts to experience many changes — and our hair is no exception. As our hormones change naturally, our hair begins to grow differently than we’re used to. The first sign? Dry, thinning hair. 

There are steps that you can take to offset the natural changes happening in your body. To keep your hair looking beautiful as you age, it needs special attention and the right products.  

Why does hair get dry as we age?  

As we get older, our hair texture changes dramatically. Hair will slowly become drier, coarser, and thinner over the years. The truth is that as we grow older, the oils that our scalp relies on for nourishment decrease, resulting in drier, frizzier hair. Along with a change in oil production, our body stops creating melanocytes, the substance that colors our hair. This reduction in pigment also changes the structure of our hair, giving it that distinctive brittle feel.  

While it can be disappointing to see your hair texture change, there are ways to strengthen and repair your hair to keep rocking your favorite look 

5 Tips to Combat Dry or Brittle Hair 

  1. Add Moisture to Replenish Natural Oils   As you age, it is more important than ever to add moisturizing products to your hair care routine. Incorporate a hydrating shampoo and conditioner that is formulated for your changing hair, followed by a serum or oil created for extra moisture. With the right products, your hair will remain as soft and smooth as silk.   Try our Soft & Hydrated line to bring back strong, healthy-looking hair. Feel your hair change as you gently hydrate with our Moisturizing Shampoo, Conditioner, and Deep Hydration Mask. 

  2. Reduce Heat Products  Constantly using high-heat tools on your hair can create extra damage. Instead, try natural styles that don’t require heat like simple up-dos and ponytails. If you must use your straightening iron, make sure that you’re using a heat protectant to shield your strands from the damaging heat.  

  3. Add Some Shine  On top of using quality shampoo and conditioner, we recommend incorporating an oil-based serum into your routine. Our Argan Oil Taming Serum nourishes and softens dry, frizzy hair throughout the day.  A few sprays of serum will go a long way to wrangle wayward grays, frizzies, and flyaways while smoothing ends. Try it for yourself. 

  4. Get Regular Cuts  Last but not least, make sure that you’re getting your hair cut regularly. Keeping your hair trimmed will help remove split ends and damaged strands. This will keep your hair looking healthy and maintained in the long term.  

  5. Look at Your Diet While you can’t stop your hair from aging, you can help by eating a nourishing diet. The key is to include a wide variety of foods throughout the day. Make sure that you are getting plentiful amounts of protein, fats, and carbs. Along with these important macros, ensure that you’re adding nutritious foods like spinach, berries, avocados, and eggs into your meals. These dense foods are loaded with nutrients your body (and hair) love.