How to Keep Hair Shiny As We Age
Your hair needs different types of attention at different ages. Top trichologist Philip Kingsley has specific advice for those who want their hair to keep on shining.
Hair tends to become duller as a result of years of dyeing, perming, and rollering, "so start using hair serums to give it back its shine." Also, because the body produces more male hormones called androgens in premenopausal women, anti-androgen scalp drops should be used with each shampoo.
Watch carefully for any rapid change in hair color. "Suddenly turning gray may indicate chronic anemia." Even normal gray hair is often drier because your scalp tends to produce less oil with the passing years, so "always use products specifically designed for dry hair." And be careful about pulling out those gray hairs. It can distort the hair follicle, he says, "and the new hair may grow back more crinkly as a result."
If you want to disguise the yellowish tinge that appears naturally with graying hair, clarifying shampoos often are the most effective.