How old is your hair? Well, surprisingly, no matter how long it is, it’s probably only a few years old and definitely less than 10!
That’s because our scalp is constantly growing new hairs and shedding old ones.
But, despite this, our hair changes as we get older, from the number on our head to the thickness, condition, colour and overall structure.
In your 20s
Your hair should be, literally, your crowning glory in your 20s, with thick and lustrous locks but it’s also the time when many of us are unintentionally damaging our hair through the use of heated styling products, over-styling and frequent partying.
It’s also the time that we experiment with new styles and colours before settling on our “signature” look.
The key to keeping hair in tip-top condition throughout our 20s is balancing the potential damage with deep, nourishing conditioners, specially formulated to leave hair feeling soft and smooth without adding extra weight or leaving it feeling greasy.
In your 30s
For many women, this is the stage of life when looking after hair takes second place to our hectic lifestyles – often involving babies, work and general family life.
Post-partum hair loss following pregnancy can leave hair looking and feeling less vibrant and not as thick as it was.
And, of course, for many of us, we have the memorable “is that a grey hair??” moment, when we discover our first silver strand.
We’re often more aware of what we put in and on our bodies, looking for naturally-better beauty products with ethical credentials.
In your 40s
A decade with more changes as we approach the peri-menopause and the hormonal havoc it can wreak on our bodies, leaving hair, in particular, thinner and dryer than ever before.
But, it’s not all bad news, for often our 40s are when we feel most confident as a woman, secure and happy in our looks and lives.
Many choose to experiment again with hairstyles and colours to reflect current trends, with the experience and knowledge to help us make potentially better choices than we did in our teens!
Now is a good time to add an intense moisturising boost to your haircare regime with an oil or serum treatment once a week.
In your 50s
So, not only are we dealing with the hormonal effects of the menopause which can leave our hair dry and brittle, we may also notice it looks thinner with noticeably less volume.
It’s a good time to talk to your hairdresser and see if a change of style will help your hair look fuller.
Colour formulated shampoos and conditioners are good to help keep the shine and intensity of dyed hair longer.
Scalps produce less sebum oil as we get older which can affect the condition of hair so keeping it well-conditioned is vital.
Look for shampoos and conditioners specially formulated for thin hair to ensure your hair isn’t left looking lank and lifeless.