Have your greys started looking old-fashioned to you?
Well, with all the balancing between a
not quite old but not quite young life, there's one thing that won't stop bothering you in your 40s, and that's your hairstyle.
Does thick, shiny hair seem to be something you’ve left behind now you’re over 40?
You’re not imagining it.
As you age, your scalp and hair changes continually. Your hormones are going through quite the overhaul, so it’s normal to expect things to go a little haywire.
If your hair is feeling more hay bale than fairytale, there are things you can do to keep it looking, and feeling beautiful. But first, let's find out what’s going on in those changeable locks:
Menopause is enroute, which means that your hair is seeing some of the biggest changes since you went through puberty. Hormones have a massive effect on the condition of your hair, so it makes sense that your 40’s will see a huge change in this area.
You should expect some rather nasty symptoms like thinning, and overall hair loss. Sadly, some ladies even get full bald spots and female pattern baldness. If you’ve not heard about female pattern baldness before, you can read more about it here.
This often happens slowly, with more hair coming out as you brush and shower.
This loss can be a result of lower estrogen and progesterone production, the hormones responsible for hair growth and retention. This means that not only is the hair on your head affected, but the hair everywhere else too.
Another huge change we see in hair as we age is greying hair. As we get older, the pigment cells in the hair die, which means there is less melanin, and therefore, less colour. The hair will be more silvery, grey, or white as it grows. Over time the hair will be entirely grey.
How grey you are depends very much on your genes. Some people don’t ever go fully grey and some are fully grey long before their 40’s.
Lastly, you may well notice a change in the texture of your hair. Hair can feel coarse and it may lack in shine. This is because the natural moisturisers your body produces are reducing in their production.
Yes, your hair is going through some major changes, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on good hair days. There is so much you can do to ensure your hair continues to look beautiful:
If you want to embrace your greys, then you should go for it. We have all seen enough Dove adverts to know that grey hair can look absolutely beautiful.
The number one accessory or product to make your grey hair beautiful? Confidence.
If you definitely do not fancy embracing the grey, there are lots of colouring techniques to help you pop those unwanted silver visitors into oblivion. Speaking to a trusted hair colourist for advice is a great first step.
One thing you should keep in mind when treating your grey hair with colour, is to avoid that harsh regrowth stripe. You can do this with gentle multi tone strands, highlights and lowlights. There are clever ways to make that regrowth look a lot less obvious.
As the texture of your hair changes you’re dealing with a different barnet altogether. It will be helpful to redirect your products towards issues like dryness, brittleness and a lack of shine and vitality. You’ll want to look towards deeper treatments like hair oils and hair masks to give your hair a boost regularly.
Just because you are over 40 does not mean you can’t have long hair. It also doesn’t mean you’re too old to have unicorn coloured short hair if that’s what you want.
Experiment with different styles and see what suits your face and hair now, not what used to suit you in previous years. Alternatively, do whatever you want, because fudge it.
Every age group has a band of hair products suitable for their needs.
With the 40+ age bracket comes a whole range of new products and opportunities to tackle specific hair problems. There are hair products specifically to thicken hair and help with problems like thinning. Some products can help boost the shine you may lose.
Seek out those products and try them, they could give your hair the boost it needs.
Taking daily supplements will help you to feed your hair from the inside. The following vitamins can boost your hairs health and thickness:
It is important that you speak to your doctor before you start taking vitamins, especially if you are currently on medication.
You can also adjust your diet to boost your vitamin intake. Berries, leafy greens, avocados, nuts, seeds, berries, eggs, white meat and a range of legumes should be included in a healthy and varied diet. You can find out more about the best foods for hair growth in this handy Youtube video.
You should visit your doctor to check thinning hair isn’t because of underlying health issues like deficiencies, immune disorders or because of medication.
Gentle brushing of the hair and scalp massage could boost blood flow to the scalp, which in turn could aid thickness. This is definitely one to take to your partner to try! If they won’t get on board, here’s a scalp massage video to follow by somebody with sickeningly beautiful hair.
Course, thinning hair definitely does not need heat damage to make it even more stressed. You may even find heat styling damages your hair more because you have less sebum to protect the hair shafts.
Natural dry when you can.
“People ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.” - Dolly Parton
Your hair is changing as you age, but that doesn’t have to mean you let go of beautiful styles and a strong sense of hair identity. It’s all about getting to know your hair now, and doing everything you can to support its new health and habits.
Spend time getting to know your hair again and it can and will be fabulous at 40.