For as long as anyone can remember, vibrant, shiny hair has been a sign of beauty. It’s even a trademark of your favorite fairytales. Unfortunately, in real life, it isn’t always so easy to have luscious locks. Sometimes, hair starts to show its age with visible dullness, damage, and, of course, grays. However, if you aren’t interested in your strands being a dead giveaway of your true age, you can give your locks an anti-aging refresh. By providing your damaged hair with a proper hair care routine and the right hair care products, you can help bring back the vital health, strength, and hair color so emblematic of youthful hair. Keep reading to find out how to get the rich, radiant hair you’ve been dreaming of.
WHY DOES MY HAIR START TO LOOK DIFFERENT WITH AGE?
Over the years, hair can become damaged from daily wear and tear. Brushing, washing, and even overly vigorous towel-drying can ruffle the cuticle and leave the hair shaft vulnerable. Moisture and melanin depletion (read: dry, graying hair) are also natural results of aging. The key is to treat hair differently as we age, and give it what it needs: protection before, during, and after you color.
HOW TO GET YOUNGER-LOOKING HAIR
Revamp your routine with these five tips for younger-looking hair.
1. Dye Your Hair
Not only does changing up your hair color give you a new look, but it can leave your hair in better condition than it was before the treatment. Hard to believe, we know. Whether it’s going darker, lighter, or enhancing your natural hair color, dyeing your hair can have the power to brighten your complexion, instill confidence, and give you an age-reversing boost.
In particular, the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme is the ideal choice for aging hair because it offers amazing gray coverage while deeply conditioning. A must for hair that’s over 50 percent gray, it has the power to transform dull, dry and coarse strands into a silky, shiny mane—all in mere minutes. To dye your hair at-home using our at-home hair color kit, be sure to follow the directions included with the dye.
2. Try a New Hair Care System
We’ve already covered that as you age, you’ll notice changes in your hair. And as such, it’s only fitting that your hair care routine should change too. Your old shampoo and conditioner just won’t cut it anymore. Instead, opt for a color-safe system like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Throw a hair mask into the mix, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask, and you’re all set.
3. Wash with Cooler Water
Since your hair tends to become drier as you get older, you’ll want to start doing everything you can to add moisture to your mane and stop any habits that could be further drying out your hair. One such habit is using super-hot water, which is something you can easily change. When you turn the temperature up too high in the shower, you risk that it might lead to increased dryness. The simple solution is to switch to washing your hair with lukewarm water.
4. Cut Back on Heat Styling
Just like steaming H2O, heat styling can dry out and damage your tresses. Instead of blow-drying your hair every day, limit yourself to just a couple of times a week—if you can’t give it up completely. On days when you go heat free and air dry your hair, you can use a wave spray to enhance your natural texture. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to get wavy hair without using a single heat tool.
5. Keep Grays Under Wraps
Gray roots coming in? Don’t let them get you down! You can quickly cover them up with an easy to use root cover-up spray. Spritz your roots with the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up to keep your roots hidden until you can make time for a less temporary touch-up.
Want younger-looking skin to match your youthful hair color? Follow our 5 Anti-Aging Steps to Your Most Beautiful Skin.