Turning 65 can trigger many changes in the body. Your skin may feel drier, your joints may feel more creaky, and your memory may seem hazier. However, there is one bodily change you may not have expected: hair loss. There are a variety of reasons why hair loss can affect people, including hormonal imbalances, nutrition issues, hereditary traits, endocrine disorders, and thyroid disorders. In addition to these biological causes, your home hair care habits can also cause thinning strands. Read on to find out why not doing this one thing in the shower is causing hair loss if you’re over 65.
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Sometimes conditioning your hair can seem like the least important step in your hair care routine (what is it actually? Make in there, anyway?). However, it is essential to maintain a healthy mane and prevent hair loss. “Conditioner protects your hair from heat and environmental damage,” says Andrea Clairea qualified hairdresser. “Without it, your hair can become dry, dull and breakage.”
It’s not enough to simply coat your strands with conditioner while showering. To properly condition, comb a quarter amount of product evenly through your hair. Leave for one minute (or the time recommended on the label) and rinse. Claire suggests asking your hairdresser to recommend a conditioner, as everyone’s hair and scalp needs something different.
While not doing enough to care for your hair can harm your locks, you can do too much. “One of the most common mistakes that can cause hair loss is over-styling,” says Laura Roncaglia professional hairdresser and co-founder of MyBeautik.com. “Too much heat, too much manipulation, and using the wrong styling products can all lead to hair loss.”
Fortunately, the solution here is simple. Roncagli recommends giving your hair a rest most days and limiting your use of heat tools to once or twice a week. “If you must use styling products, make sure they’re light and non-greasy,” she says.
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Chemical hair treatments, including dyes, bleaches, relaxers, and perms, often cause hair loss, especially since hair becomes drier and more brittle with age. “Every chemical service performed by a hairdresser, no matter how good their products, is always chemical,” says Claire. “Staying with a hairstylist who knows your hair and what they can do is better for your hair’s health.”
Claire notes that hair coloring is one of the most common chemical treatments and the one that can do the most damage. “Some people tinker with box dyes without understanding the science behind it,” she says. “I also see some women looking for immediate gratification instead of having the patience to go through transitional colors.”
Your best course of action? Find a hairstylist you like and work with them over the long term to achieve your hair goals.
The best part of reinventing your hair care routine is buying new products. To show off your best hair after 65, look for items that increase shine, elasticity and volume, and prevent damage and breakage. At a minimum, you’ll want to invest in shampoo, conditioner, and maybe even a moisturizing hair mask for that precious shower time.
Of course, if your hair loss problem persists, you should discuss it with your GP. “I always tell clients that if they have any concerns, they should see their GP or dermatologist,” says Claire. Once you’ve ruled out a medical condition, you can chat with your stylist to create a hair routine that works for you and your hair.
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