Solved! Winter hair woes for women over 50

Solved! Winter hair woes for women over 50

As we age, our hair experiences change in colour, texture and volume –and a change of season can really affect it, too. Here, we solve your most common issues…

As we age, our hair experiences change in colour, texture and volume – and a change of season can really affect it, too. Here, we solve your most common issues...

From frosty walks in the fresh air to long, cosy evenings by the fire, winter should be a time to unwind and relax.

But when your hair has other ideas – thanks not just to dipping temperatures and central heating, but also those inevitable effects of ageing – it can be tricky to achieve hair that looks as good as we want it to and as it once did.

Here, we’ve solved your most pressing hair issues, leaving you free to enjoy all the delights winter has to bring...

1. It feels dry and brittle

Hair can lose its lustre as we age, and it’s not helped by ever-multiplying greys, which can make it feel even coarser. Add freezing temperatures to the mix and it’s no wonder our hair isn’t looking or feeling great.

Cutting down on your use of heated styling tools – think straighteners, curlers and vigorous blow-dries – and chemical processes should help strengthen hair over time. It’s also worth picking up products that focus on smoothing and softening hair, such as Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky, which transforms dry and frizzy hair into smooth and silky locks in just one wash.

2. It feels thin and lacks volume

Thinning hair is common as we age due to the hormonal changes we undergo, but the lack of hydration and increased humidity mean we also lose more hair during the colder weather.

Root-boosting sprays and volumisers are great for this time of year – unlike in the summer heat when too much product can make hair feel tacky.

For a quick fix, try spraying your roots with dry shampoo and working it in with your finger tips. This will absorb hair-flattening oils to give your hair a bit of spring.

3. Your scalp feels itchy and is flaky

A fall in oestrogen levels can cause a dry scalp, and cold weather draws the moisture out of our hair. The result? Extreme dryness that can lead to dandruff.

Luckily, Head & Shoulders Clinically Proven Solutions Scalp Relief Shampoo is specially designed to stop scalp itching and dandruff, as well as flaking, dryness and a tight scalp. Plus, it’s gentle enough to use every day, meaning no more panicked dandruff checks in the bathroom mirror on the way out…

4. One word: static

Putting on (then taking off) layer upon layer of fuzzy jumpers, coats and hats can leave hair with a mind of its own – thanks, static!

For a quick fix, spray your hairbrush with hairspray and smooth down fly-aways. An ionic hair dryer could help prevent static in the long-term, too.

5. Split ends

If you’re not seeing your hairdresser every six to eight weeks, it’s time to book in – a regular trim can help stave off pesky split ends and bring hair back to its crowning glory.

Because our hair loses water and becomes dryer as we age, the overall look is hair that is duller and less healthy-looking, which means it’s never been more important to make that appointment.

What helpful winter-haircare advice do you have? Share your tips in the comment section below!

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