If you’ve noticed that your hair looks drier than it once did it your younger days, you’re not alone. As we age, our hair has a more difficult time retaining moisture. Aside from hot tools, hair coloring, and stress, hair just becomes coarse and wiry naturally. Researchers believe that this is due to low melanin production which affects oil production in the scalp. Less natural oil means drier hair.
Think back to the first time you noticed a gray hair–it was dry and brittle. That’s because the hair was void of melanin. Though reversing the clock isn’t necessarily possible, there are ways to make your hair appear softer and bouncier as you age. Here are some ways to combat dry, brittle hair:
When you have split ends, your hair looks lifeless and unhealthy. Getting frequent trims at any age helps keep hair healthy and bouncy. Depending on how fast your hair grows and your hair type, getting a trim often means different things. For curly, kinky hair types aim for a trim every three months. Straight to wavy hair should aim for every 6 weeks if you want to maintain your length.
Use Heat Protectants
If you want to continue blow drying, curling and straightening your hair, you can still do that. Your hairstyle is part of your personality, and cutting out all styling isn’t always an attractive option. Make sure to use heat protecting products before applying any heat. Keep in mind that hair can be “boiled” if high heat is applied for a long amount of time, so be patient with your style and keep tools on medium or low if possible.
To help hydrate your hair, here are some solutions by Keranique that you can try:
This oil-rich spray adds moisture and shine and is formulated especially for thin hair. It is lightweight enough to be used in conjunction with other products and won’t build up. Apply this spray before blow drying for optimal results, and spritz after to control frizz and add shine.
Use this serum overnight for some serious follicle nourishment. The ingredients help support hair as it grows, so you can rest easy knowing you’re improving the health of your hair from the roots.
This mousse makes hair smooth and ready to be styled. Not only does it hydrate, but it also helps improve volume. Use this mousse for thermal protection before blow drying or using any other heat tools. Apply to damp or dry hair.