How to Keep Your Hair Healthy as a Senior

As people get old, their hair also starts to change. It’s obvious that our bodies aren’t what they once were in our younger years, but it is not often thought of that our hair also changes with age. Being proactive and aware on caring for your aging hair will help keep it in great shape. Healthy hair is not defined by the color, but by the quality of each strand. Take a look at some easy tips to assist you in keeping your hair healthy as you age.

Maintaining Trims

“Keeping up with a good trim will help fight off split ends. With mature hair, split ends are much more likely to happen,” said Marc Holt, spokesperson for National Salon Resources, an online beauty supply store. Hair becomes weaker and thinner as time goes on. By maintaining regular hair trims, you will be preventing yourself from getting split ends. As a preventative measure for split ends and dry hair, avoid using hot tools such as curling irons, straighteners, and blow dryers. These hot tools can cause damage quickly, and make it hard to repair the hair back to health.

Avoid the Sun

Sun damage not only affects skin, but can also negatively impact hair as well. Staying active outside in the summer is healthy for seniors overall, just keep in mind that harsh sun plays a part in damaging or lightening your hair. The best preventative measure for this is to wear a hat while you are doing your favorite outdoor activities.

 Vitamins A & C

Hair health can be managed from the inside out. Eating a diet full of vitamin A and vitamin C can play an integral role in the strength of your hair. If you keep a good diet as part of a healthy lifestyle, it is likely that you may already be incorporating foods rich in vitamins A and C in your diet. These vitamins allow your body to produce something called sebum, which is a substance your body produces to help keep your hair from drying out.

 Conditioning Treatment

How To Dry Your Curly HairAlong with helping your hair from drying out, consider getting professional conditioning treatments on a regular basis.

“As you age, your hair tends to be more prone to dryness, thus making the scalp flaky and uncomfortable. Try a conditioning treatment from your stylist to help keep dryness at bay,” said Marc Holt, spokesperson for the in home care organization, AmeriCare Sonoma.

 Maintaining your hair as a senior will allow you to have beautiful and strong hair, even in your golden years. Maintaining those regular trims and avoiding hot hair tools will help prevent split ends and keep your hair in prime shape. As you enjoy the outdoors, be prepared with a hat to avoid damage from the sun that could be otherwise prevented. Intentionally adding vitamins A and C into your diet will help your body produce the sebum it needs to keep your hair from drying out. Finally, participating in conditioning treatments at your salon will help promote healthy hair. Aging has a way of taking its toll on the whole body, but being proactive will give you the preventative edge on keeping your hair looking its best.

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About Ferland Manuel

Dr, Manuel Ferland is health care specialist,