Long or short, our hair is an undeniable source of our self-esteem. but with him changes that aging brings— sparse hair, gray hair, coarse hair — we can start to feel a little down. In the quest to keep hair healthy (and keep it in more quantity), it makes sense to get to the root of the problem. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), taking good care of your scalp can prevent some types of hair loss and will also keep your locks in good shape. To find out more about scalp care, we got the scoop from expert stylists. Read on for the top six ways you can keep your scalp healthy and prevent hair loss after 50.
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Don’t shampoo too often.
lisa abbeyprofessional hairdresser and founder of hair and body care brand Strength x BeautyHe says Better life that shampooing more often than your hair really needs can be extremely drying to your scalp and hair.
If you’re worried about greasy hair, laura roncagliprofessional stylist and co-founder of MyBeautiksays that “your hair actually regulates itself after a while and won’t look as greasy as you think.”
However, if you have a scalp that is oilier than normalAbbey recommends alternating every other day with a shampoo/conditioner and a rinse/conditioner. By doing this, you will avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils and drying out your scalp.
For normal to slightly dry hair, Abbey suggests shampooing two to three times a week. “On days you don’t wash, be sure to brush regularly to distribute oils evenly throughout your hair and help prevent dry ends.” And for very dry or damaged hair, Abbey recommends shampooing no more than once or twice a week. “Because the pH of water can dry out this type of hair, limiting exposure to water helps.”
Use the right shampoo and conditioner.
It is important to use the right products for your hair type, as they directly affect the scalp. For fine, limp or oily hair, Abbey recommends a sulfate-free shampoo to prevent hair from losing its natural oils and drying out the hair and scalp. For the conditioner, he says a protein or keratin-based product will help build body and strengthen hair. If you find that conditioners can be heavy on your hair, try washing it in reverse, using the conditioner first, then the shampoo.
For normal to medium to slightly dry hair, a moisture-rich shampoo and hydrating conditioner are best for keeping your hair and scalp healthy all year long. For damaged or very dry hair, use a moisturizing co-wash or shampoo and a heavier treatment or mask-type conditioner.
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It also moisturizes your scalp.
Getting moisture into the hair is not always enough. As Abbey points out, dry or itchy scalps are more common in the winter months. “For the most part, this can be cured by simply conditioning the scalp in the shower: use a moisturizing or moisturizing conditioner and massage into the scalp, allow it to soak in for a few minutes before rinsing and completing your routine.”
Ghanima Abdullahhair expert and cosmetologist in the right hairstylesHe says Better life that scalp problems over 50 often have to do with alopecia or hair thinning as the follicles weaken. “To prevent thinning and hair loss, you should nourish your scalp with a natural oil three times a week that contains peppermint, rosemary, and lavender…these essential oils stimulate more hair follicles to produce hair instead of sitting on the shelf.” resting phase. Also encourage hair follicles to retain hair longer.”
Avoid harsh chemicals.
According to Akirashanti Byrdco-founder and CEO of hair care blog centered curlMany people don’t even realize they are using harsh chemicals on their scalp. For example, according to the AAD, many hair dyes contain high levels paraphenylenediamine (PPD), which is a known scalp irritant. This can be especially problematic for people prone to skin and scalp conditions such as dandruff or eczema, Byrd notes.
Jason Tylerstylist in Male Hairstyles, advises against products that contain silicones or parabens “because they can cause irritation to the scalp and cause hair breakage or loss.” Instead, he says to look for sulfate-free products.
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Brush and massage to stimulate the follicles.
Byrd extols the benefits of regular scalp massage. “Massage can help improve circulation and increase blood flow to the scalp, which is important for maintaining healthy hair follicles. Massage also helps loosen and remove dead cells built up on the scalp, which can clog pores and cause hair loss. In addition, massage can help reduce stress and tension, which contribute to hair loss.”
Abbey suggests using a scalp scrub at least once a month to unclog pores and deep clean for a healthy scalp. She also advocates regular brushing. “Powerful brushing stimulates the scalp and increases blood flow to the follicles, which nourishes the hair and scalp and can improve hair growth… Or you can use a scalp brush in the shower to Massage the conditioner into the scalp and stimulate blood flow at the same time.”
Follow a healthy diet with the right nutrients.
Roncagli believes that a high-protein diet is important, especially since people tend to eat less as they age. “Make sure you eat plenty of spinach, eggs, avocados, and red meat.” Byrd emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet that includes plenty of vitamins E and B, nutrients that are essential for the health of the scalp and hair follicles. Biotin (vitamin B7), found in foods like eggs, milk, and bananas, help with hair loss and brittle nails, according to WebMD.