If you’re anywhere close to 50, you’ve been caring for your hair for a while now, and you’ve become an expert on your own go-to routine, signature look, and color. But this decade in particular can create change in your hair. We’ve assembled a few tips to help you to care for your hair in your 50s and beyond, ensuring that you’ll look your best, feel your best, and be ready for anything that comes your way.
As we age, things inevitably change with our bodies, skin, and hair. Embarking on a new decade means accepting new changes—from new gray hairs to menopause. Introducing a daily vitamin regimen can help to naturally improve hair thickness and growth. Biotin, Vitamin B, and omega-3 fatty acids are great ways to enhance fine and thinning hair. These can be taken in capsule form, and are also found in foods like eggs, tofu, tuna, flaxseed, salmon, and yellow peppers.
Know Your New Hair.
For a lot of women 50 and up, thinning hair is a fact of life. More than half of women experience some type of thinning hair as they age, from minor hair loss to significant change. This can begin as early as our twenties, and continue as we get older. Although it may seem discouraging, knowing that most other women are in the same boat can also be comforting. Madison Reed medical advisor Dr. Jan Hansen recently offered advice to one of our readers on thinning hair—including info about scalp massage, natural remedies, and Color Reviving Gloss.
Treat from the Inside Out.
Jojoba oil is a great substance that chemically resembles natural hair oil follicles, and is a great help with thinning hair. Madison Reed Hair Care contains jojoba, alongside other natural oils, to help condition your scalp and add shine to your hair. Every Madison Reed Product is made with a Triple Care Complex of keratin, argan oil, and ginseng. Learn more about how our natural ingredients can help fortify your hair.
Manage Your New Texture.
As we age, it’s common for more and more gray hair to emerge. This often means a change in the overall texture of your hair, as gray hairs tend to be coarser than regular strands of hair. Texture change can often occur with menopause as well. Curly-haired women have experienced a loss of curl, and many traditionally straight-haired women have noticed an increase in frizz. But just because the texture of your hair is changing doesn’t mean you can’t regain the softness you were accustomed to in your thirties. When coloring or caring for graying hair, in-house expert Dr. Jan suggests choosing formulas that are free of harsh chemicals that can strip your hair. That way , you're not adding damage on top of an overall texture change, but encouraging health, softness, and flexibility.
Color It Right.
If you choose to color your gray hair, Madison Reed products are a great solution because they are made with healthy, natural ingredients. Our products do not contain PPD, ammonia, resorcinol, added parabens, or gluten, making them safer than most other hair color treatments. Keratin—an ingredient in all of our products—both strengthens and protects hair. Madison Reed’s permanent Radiant Color gently and fully covers gray hairs and leaves hair softer and healthier-looking after each treatment.
You can use Madison Reed's Nourishing Color-Enhancing Conditioner as a leave-in treatment to help strengthen and soften your hair. Apply the conditioner to wet hair root-to-tip, and leave on for twenty minutes. Rinse with cold water. This process can be repeated once or twice a week and will help tame coarse gray hairs. It’s a simple way to help keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.
Take the Heat Off.
Although we all love a good blowdry, persistent heat styling can hasten split ends. Split ends can break hair off, taking fullness from your hair, and making thinner hair more obvious. Avoid using blow dryers, curling irons, and straightening irons as much as you can to help keep hair healthy and strong, and split-end free. Check out some of these heatless styles to give your hair a break from heat styling.
Know Your Hair’s Limits.
As we get older, it can become harder to grow our hair long. For some of us, there seems to be a stopping point—our hair just won’t grow any more! For others, our hair may be able to continue growing, but longer styles can appear less healthy, with thinner ends. For women experiencing thinner hair in their 50s, shorter hairstyles helps to give the illusion of thicker hair. It’s also important to get frequent trims to keep the ends of hair healthy, and to inspire hair follicles to keep growing. A haircut once every two months—even if it’s just a half inch—is a great way to keep hair looking healthy and well-maintained.
Treat Your Body Right.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a whole-body helper. Regular exercise, healthy eating, hydration, and getting a good night sleep each night will help keep you balanced and stress-free. Meditation is another technique to help center your mind and body. Simple healthy body maintenance will do wonders for your hair, along with the rest of your body.