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Tips For Hair Care in Your 40s

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If you’re in your 40s, consider yourself in your prime! Most likely you’re more comfortable in your own skin, feel more grown up, and care less about what people think of you than you did when you were in your 20s. And it’s not hard to keep your hair looking fantastic, either. Here are just a few quick tips from your friends at Madison Reed to keep your locks gorgeous during this beautiful decade.

Get your vitamins.

You may start to notice that your hair is starting to become finer and thinner. This is natural, but there are ways to help stimulate hair growth naturally. Try adding biotin, Vitamin B, and omega-3 fatty acids to your diet to stimulate hair growth. Some alternatives to taking vitamins are foods that can stimulate hair growth--like salmon, tuna, flaxseed, tofu, eggs, and yellow peppers.

Give it a rest.

A good blow dry can give you all the confidence in the world, and can be a great splurge once a week, but if you use heat styling on your hair more than a few times a week, you could end up getting split ends. These splits can make their way up the hair shaft and break off mid-way, taking away from the overall fullness of your hair. To keep your hair healthy and strong, limit the use of blowdryers, straighteners and curling irons (especially during the summer). Try some heatless styles and go easy on those gorgeous locks of yours.

Treat it right.

A good deep conditioning once a week can go a long way. If you do get heat-style happy, you can always reverse some damage by revitalizing your hair with extra moisture from a mask, an at-home oil treatment, or a damage remedy from a salon. Give your hair a little extra love once a week to keep it healthy and strong.

Keep it stress-free.

Work, kids, and a busy life in general can add tension to your body. Stress can cause grey hairs to come in much more quickly, and can even lead to hair loss, so wherever you can manage it, simplification helps. Some ways to bust stress are to meditate for 15 minutes a day, get 30 minutes of exercise daily (a good walk works well), and keep your diet healthy and balanced.

Give it a boost.

The sheen in your hair can give you a more youthful appearance overall. Try adding a boost with some shine treatment after styling. A natural way to get some shine is to do an apple cider rinse once a month by mixing a tablespoon of apple cider with a cup of water. Put it in a spray bottle and spritz your entire hair with it, then rinse it off. Style as usual, and you’ll have gorgeously shiny locks. If this seems a little too time-intensive, try getting a shine treatment at the salon. These treatments usually last from one week to two months, depending on the intensity.

Snip it off.

When you get the right haircut for your face shape, you not only bring out your best features (like your cheekbones and your eyes), but you can also give movement and body to your hair. It can remove dry and split ends and give your hair its youthful bounce back. A great haircut can play a huge role in your overall look. Ask your stylist to recommend the most flattering cuts for you.

Put some body into it.

When hair starts to thin, it also loses its shape and sticks to the scalp. Just a few extra steps in your morning routine can change this. When styling, try a thickening spray at your roots for some volume when you blow dry. You can also flip your hair upside down when you put in hairspray and style. Sometimes back-combing at the crown and bangs with just a spritz of hairspray can add an extra dimension. If you want to stray away from heat styling, try some large rollers at the base and crown of your head and set it in with hair spray. Keep the rollers in for 20 - 30 minutes, then let your hair down before you head out.

Play it safe.

As pleasant as it is to bask in the sun, it’s not the best thing for your hair. Try using some products that have SPF to protect yourself from the UV rays. UVA radiation can change your hair’s color, and UVB radiation can cause protein loss. Excessive sun exposure can also cause damage to the structure of the hair shaft. Protecting the cuticles will maintain the integrity of your hair--that’s why it’s good to play it safe and protect the hair with products that contain SPF.

Switch it up.

Your hair can start getting used to certain ingredients in your shampoo and hair products, and that can lead to greasy-looking, limp hair. To make sure this doesn’t happen, switch up your shampoo from time to time, or try an apple cider rinse. Sometimes the surfactants (foaming agents) in shampoo can start to harden and stick around near the scalp area. Using the same shampoo daily can create build up, which will eventually cause dandruff or make your hair produce more oils than it should, creating a greasy look after just a day. That’s why it’s a good idea to switch up the products every month or so to ensure that the build up is getting broken down.

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