Learn how to preserve, protect and prevent maturing strands from showing your age.
Luckily, with so many new over-the-counter and prescription products it’s never been easier to add life to your locks. Scrivo recommends first buying trial sizes in order to suss out what really works without making too big a financial commitment “What worked in your 20s is not going to work in your 60s,” she points out.
Strength: In her role as vice president of research and development Dr. Goldstein helped develop Keranique, a new anti-aging hair care line for women that’s imbued with a keratin and protein complex to help strengthen the hair shaft and make hair appear fuller, stronger and shinier.
Shine: Just like skin loses its glow, most everyone tends to see a lack of overall luster. The key is keeping the outermost layer of hair—the cuticle—flat and smooth so it reflects light. But years of wear-and-tear, styling and sun damage means the roughed-up cuticle doesn’t reflect way it used to. Silicones are one way to get the glow back, but ultimately weigh down hair. Scrivo swears by all-natural amla oil, an Ayurvedic remedy that naturally strengthens the hair and nourishes the scalp. “Brush it in your hair before you go to bed, then rinse it out in the morning,” she advises. She also recommends Shu Uemura’s Prime Plenish, a line specially formulated to bulk up aging hair fibers and Kérastase’s Age Recharge line to strengthen brittle strands.
Glaze treatments also provide weeks of effortless glossines, but there are other, more holistic, not to mention easier ways to help preserve and produce luster.
Brush: Dead skin cells collect on the scalp. “Imagine if you never exfoliated your face,” Scrivo says. “Regular brushing really helps.” She points out that there are three cycles of hair growth: growth, shedding and resting. If you’re not brushing properly making sure bristles stimulate the scalp, you can actually deter the progress, she explains. Most hairstylists recommend the Mason Pearson Popular brush because it combines both plastic and boar bristles for a deep combing.
Clarify: Scrivo recommends Bumble and Bumble's Sunday Shampoo, a once a week product to remove build-up. “If it feels too stripping, pour a drop to into your regular shampoo,” she says.
Diet: When we’re young, we tend to eat fats — both healthy and otherwise — without batting a lash. But with age comes a slower metabolism, so fatty foods get banned, which is better for our waistlines, but not for the hair. The simple remedy? “Eat an egg everyday,” Scrivo advises. Duck eggs are her preference because they contain five times the amount of biotin to foster healthy strands.
Bauman gives the thumbs up to supplements. “Iron and protein deficiencies are among the most common nutritional triggers for unhealthy hair, while vitamins, especially B, are important to the overall health of hair." He likes treatments such as Viviscal Professional and pharmaceutical grade biotin to help support longer, thicker, healthier hair.
Color: Add some richness to your fading base color to recreate the youthful highlights that suggest a summer of playing outdoors. “Hair color can be so transformative because it not only adds dimension, it also boosts your complexion,” says Scrivo. Skin with pink tones would do well to seek cool-toned highlights; add golden hues to warm up dull skin and help add a glow-inducing reflection around your face. “Obviously, it’s more expensive to get professional highlights than just doing a single process at home out of a box," says Scrivo. "But it’s an investment into look more youthful."
Cut: Never underestimate the power of a great haircut. Because the planes of your face alter with time, a great cut can play up all the right features, while downgrading those you’d rather not. For example, well-positioned layers can draw the eye up and a strategically angled bob can strengthen your jaw line and emphasize cheekbones. Scrivo recommends soft, side-swept bangs to create an asymmetrical line that can help widen and plump narrowed features.