While our attention has been focused on rolling back the years on our faces with expensive creams, Botox, fillers, needles and microdermabrasion, we’ve overlooked one of the most glaring forms of aging for women. : our hair. Fighting graying hair involves much more than glossing over graying roots. As we age, almost everyone will have some form of hair loss and the rate of hair growth also slows, so the thick, coarse hair of a young adult eventually becomes fine, thin and gray. Here, Pamela Morrissey, resident hairstylist on RTÉ’s Today and owner of the famous Sobe Brown salon in Cork, shares her top tips for keeping our hair healthy and youthful for longer.
When does our hair start to age?
It’s usually in adolescence, and there are three types of graying that affect hair. “There’s the real aging of the hair,” says Pamela. “And there’s chemical aging, which over-colors and over-processes hair. “There’s also mechanical aging, which comes from heat styling and rough handling of hair.
Aging manifests itself on our hair through the hair shaft, which is sealed when we are young but through the aging, dyeing and styling of our hair, it opens up over time. A sealed hair shaft is what gives our hair shine and when it opens up it can make our hair look dull, thin and lifeless.
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Can aging hair be prevented?
Luckily, there are a few things we can do to stop and reverse the aging process in our hair. As much as many of us would love long hair, regular trims are key to maintaining healthy hair.
Scalp massages are also an important anti-aging technique to keep our hair young.
“One of the things you can do to reverse the effects of aging on hair is to activate that circulation,” adds Pamela. “Even something very simple like 20 heart-pounding puppets once a day. Patting your head every day for a few minutes can bring blood to your head and help strengthen hair – you can do this while watching TV! “By massaging the scalp, you call circulation to the top of the head. It nourishes the hair that is about to grow and it nourishes the hair that is still holding.
Giving our hair a blast of cold water just before stepping out of the shower can also stimulate the scalp and seal the hair shaft.
watch what you eat
The food we eat is important and can help keep our hair looking luscious. The key to healthy hair is eating our greens, according to Pamela. “Greens are full of magnesium,” she says. “Magnesium is extremely important because it takes all the nourishment from everything you eat and makes sure it’s in your bloodstream. If we don’t have enough magnesium in our body, we have nothing for it. grab nutrition from food and put it into the bloodstream.
In addition to magnesium, we must also ensure that our diet is rich in protein and omega 3, 6 and 9.
The big no-no
Rubbing your hair repeatedly with a towel can cause unnecessary damage. Pamela’s best advice is to pat and towel dry the hair instead of rubbing it. “When your hair is wet, it’s extremely sensitive,” she says. “You should squeeze it before you get out of the shower, then put the towel on it and pat and squeeze.”
Pam’s product choices to prevent hair loss and thinning hair
1. The right hairbrush for daily brushing is very important. I love the Magic Hair Brush, €24.99, because the bristles are very strong and heat resistant but also flexible and move with the hair.
2. Heat protectant is essential for any type of heat styling. It prevents hair from scorching by taking all the damage caused by the heat tool and allowing your hair to form instead of burn. He’s a real hair hero. Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer, €26, is my favorite.
3. My flagship tool is the Dyson Airwrap, €499.99. Although it is one of the most expensive hairdressers, it is very effective and does not allow the hair to overheat.
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