When does your hair start aging?
In the world of women’s hair troubles, every year seems to bring about a new problem to tackle: Grayness can plague pigment in your hair as soon as the post-teenage years; throw menopause into the mix and you could be looking at the more serious challenge of dealing with thinning strands and even hair loss. But when does your hair really start to age? A new study suggests it may be a lot earlier than you think. Here’s what you need to know and what you can do to prevent your hair from aging you.
Researchers from Pantene (in conjunction with parent company P&G) surveyed more than 1,000 women to determine the start of “aging hair” (defined by signs beyond graying and thinning to include breakage, split ends, frizz, lackluster color and dryness). The results? Your hair looses its youthful luster when you’re approximately 35—an age that’s significantly lower than what is commonly associated with menopause. So what does this mean for your strands? “Like skin, hair is aging intrinsically,” explains Pantene scientist Emily Overton. “But, like the skin, it can be treated with the right products and prevention is key.”
Here, four of our favorite anti-aging solutions for your strands.
The Healthier-Hair Iron
Flat irons are rarely your friend in the fight against damage: They make strands silky for the time being but their high heat factor dries and damages follicles fast. This specially designed tool features a fabric plate to lessen the burn and allow hair to “breathe.”
Ferrum Professional Styler, $189, ferrumiron.com
The Restorative Oil
Specifically formulated for distressed dos that have experienced damage from heat, chemicals and color, this lightweight oil seals strands with long-lasting moisture and a cocktail of nourishing ingredients.
Carol’s Daughter Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum, $30, sephora.com
The Strengthening Shampoo
A decadent mix of mineral-rich crushed pearl powder, ultramoisturizing Hawaiian white honey and conditioning argan oil come together in this revitalizing and repairing shampoo.
Unite U Luxury Shampoo, $43, unitehair.com
The Hydrating Cream
This strand-transforming treatment fuses keratin, jojoba and olive oil to deliver a dose of hydration to keep strands “elastic” so they’re less prone to breakage.
Drybar Cream Soda Smoothing Cream, $27, thedrybar.com
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