• Amanda Baker

Caring for Ageing Hair

As we get older, it's normal to notice changes to our hair's appearance. Thin, fine hair may become thinner and finer, and thicker hair may become coarser. The colour may fade to grey and, eventually, white and have less natural lustre.

The good news is that your AB Hair and Makeup stylist – ably assisted by carefully chosen products – is here to help breathe fresh, shiny life back into your locks.

Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner for ageing hair

It's important to use a shampoo and conditioner that meet the needs of your hair. For example, if your hair is very thin you may wish to choose a "plumping" range. Have a chat with your stylist about your concerns and see what they recommend. There's always more than one choice, so you should be able to find products that you love and deliver your desired results.

Hair turns grey due to a lack of melanin; it can appear rather dull too. If your hair is predominantly grey, it's definitely worth considering a toning shampoo and conditioner, sometimes called purple or violet. Also used by blondes, these products are designed to counteract yellowish tones. UV rays contribute to this unwanted brassiness, so products with sun protection are helpful too.

And, enjoy a regular scalp massage. Not only is this a blissfully relaxing few minutes, but it helps to boost circulation and stimulate tired follicles.

AB Hair and Make Up recommends:

Wella SP Repair shampoo, conditioner and repair mask to smooth and protect thicker hair.

Styles and styling products for ageing hair

Hair grows more slowly as we get older, and the production of natural oils slows too which means the ends may be drier. However, you can still enjoy a great haircut to complement your style and personality. There are plenty of shoulder or chin length styles to choose from, or you may even opt for a bolder look, like a messy bob, to add some volume. Once again, your stylist will be able to offer kind and considered advice about what will suit you and your lifestyle.

Colouring mature hair

If you're simply not prepared to embrace the grey, then you'll need a hair dye that's suitable for ageing hair. You may like an all-over colour, foil highlights, or a combination of the two. When you talk to your stylist about this, remember that any option will require ongoing maintenance. At the very least, your roots will need a re-touch every six weeks or so. Make sure you ask lots of questions and include this in your decision-making process.

How to cope with hair loss

Hair loss may be distressing for anybody but can be particularly devastating for women. It's quite normal to lose a few hairs every day, and increased hair loss might be due to prescription medications, a lack of protein or iron, overuse of heated styling devices, hormonal imbalances, or "traction alopecia" (which is when the hair is frequently pulled back tightly, for example into a pony tail or braids.) In many cases, there will be a straightforward remedy. If you're concerned, have a chat with your pharmacist, GP or hairstylist.

AB Hair and Make Up recommends:

NIOXIN to help combat hair loss, and to give hair a thicker and fuller appearance.

The stylists at AB Hair and Makeup love sharing a laugh with our clients. But there's one thing we take very seriously – and that's your hair. As well as top-notch cutting, styling and colouring, we're here to offer sympathetic, professional advice. Any questions or concerns, we want to hear them. After all, our only job is to help you live life beautiful.

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