With age, the hair becomes weaker and requires more care - but this does not mean that you have to keep your hair short.
Haircare for women over 50: How to strengthen your hair in old age?
As with skin, hair's health deteriorates over the years. On the one hand as a result of time, on the other hand in response to the habits and care, we have taken in the past. Stress or the use of harsh products or dyes can be the cause of premature hair weakness, but in general, it is the hormones that determine when the hair fiber loses its strength.
As Tomás Sierra, founder of Le Salon Barcelona, affirmed, "hair begins to weaken from the age of 40, depending on the hormonal cycle normally associated with menopause". For this reason, many women tend to forego long hair from the age of 50 when the symptoms are already more pronounced. We'll tell you how to take care of long hair from 50 when it could be weakened due to age.
Better to be safe than sorry: If your hair has not yet lost its health, the expert from Le Salon Barcelona recommends an annual vitamin regimen, although this treatment can be used more often for better results - namely “every three to six months”, says Tomás Sierra. This action can (and should) continue if you realize that your hair health is deteriorating over time. According to Sierra, the "loss of density, volume, and weakness of hair, including its breakage" is usually evident.
In addition to the usual duo of shampoo and conditioner, the expert gives tips and advice that should always be observed when caring for long hair at a later age:
These tips will strengthen your long hair as you age.
The expert reiterates the importance of providing your hair with a good vitamin complex from the age of 50, which can be achieved with dietary supplements. Additionally, there are a few steps to follow when washing your hair: "Use a hair mask before you wash, preferably overnight. Then apply a shampoo and conditioner specific to your hair type as you wash to nourish and moisturize your hair."
When looking for the ideal products, the expert not only points out the type of hair for which they are intended but also points out that there are two ingredients that are crucial for regaining their strength: biotin and cystine. The first, also known as Vitamin H, Vitamin B7, or Vitamin B8, is famous for being found in popular horse shampoo, although it can of course be found in other products and in many nutritional supplements as well. It is an important factor in giving strength to hair and promoting its growth. On the other hand, cysteine is part of the composition of keratin, a natural component of the body that is responsible for the well-being of hair and nails.
Although shampoos, masks, and other products provide the hair with care, the expert confirms that there is another factor that plays an important role: nutrition. "The most important thing is to complement your hair care routine with a healthy diet recommended by nutritionists. This is critical to hair health," says Sierra. In general, this applies to seeds that are rich in minerals, biotin, and vitamins A and B. Nuts, which are also high in biotin, orange fruits and vegetables because they contain vitamin A, and eggs and fish because they contain cystine.
Among the common mistakes that can weaken or damage hair, even more, the Le Salon Barcelona expert emphasizes phenomena such as "wet ponytails or buns, as they damage the hair". In addition, he points out that it is also a big mistake not to use "special hair oils". No matter how many home remedies we see on the internet, it is always best to stick with the specific products.