Hair

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Beauty -

It’s no se­cret that, as we age, our hair un­der­goes many changes. Along with grey strands, thin­ning, dry­ness and dull­ness can also oc­cur. Price­line

Hair Direc­tor Ken­neth Stod­dart says there are sev­eral things you can do to boost your hair’s health and keep it in top shape. “The best way to make it look health­ier is to trim it reg­u­larly [ev­ery eight weeks] and give it deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ments at least once a month,” he says.

“Keep­ing the colour con­sis­tent also helps. Make sure [de­pend­ing on your hair tex­ture/den­sity] that your ends aren’t thinned out too much, as this can make the hair look weak and frizzy.”

Ken­neth also rec­om­mends wash­ing your hair only a few times a week. “Don’t sham­poo your hair as of­ten, as the lath­er­ing process strips away lipids which are there to boost shine,” he ex­plains. “Only sham­poo the root area each time and let the rins­ing wa­ter run through the ends. Make sure that you rinse the sham­poo all out, as sham­poo residue can dull the hair. Never rub your hair dry with a towel when you come out the shower as this weak­ens the hair shaft, caus­ing break­age. Al­ways use a wide-tooth comb in the shower to de­tan­gle the hair while the con­di­tioner is still in and squeeze ex­cess mois­ture out of the hair with your towel af­ter rins­ing.”

If you find your hair is start­ing to thin, try a sham­poo that is tai­lored for fine hair as it will help boost growth and vol­ume. As for hair­styles that make you look more youth­ful, Ken­neth sug­gests opt­ing for lighter high­lights and to think about in­cor­po­rat­ing lay­ers.

“Darker hair can age your face,” he says. “Go­ing two shades lighter all over and then adding some face-fram­ing high­lights makes you look younger. Hav­ing some soft lay­ers cut around your face helps to draw at­ten­tion to your best fea­tures.” AWW

Lighter colours combined with styling to give vol­ume for thin­ning hair can give a more youth­ful look.

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