THE AGE OF AGEING – 5 TIPS FOR BETTER HAIR CARE IN YOUR 30’S

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Cape Town, South Africa





I turned 34 this year. I’ve never felt old. I’ve never felt like I looked old. But this year, on my 34th birthday I did something I had never done before, I dyed my hair. Leading up to my birthday I began to notice subtle, and then not so subtle changes to my hair, it went from being beautiful and glossy to been dull and brittle and full of grey. Ah ageing, you piece of pure filth.

Now I am not a vain person, but I have always had nice hair and when it started to look a little rough, I panicked. I full on panicked. I called my hair stylist and asked her for some tips on hair care in your 30’s. This is what she said:

DON’T OVER WASH

I am lucky because I don’t have naturally oily hair, so I can easily get away with washing my hair once a week, which is apparently great. Washing your hair every day is only going to strip your hair of its natural oils, forcing your scalp to produce more natural oils thereby perpetuating the cycle of oily hair. Try not to wash your locks more than thrice a week at most.

TURN DOWN THE WATER TEMP

Washing your hair in scalding hot water can cause your scalp to dry out so when you shampoo, drop the temperature of the water a little.

IT’S ABOUT THE SCALP, NOT THE ENDS

When you are lathering up your hair, focus on your scalp and not the ends of your hair. The washing and rinsing process will ensure that the shampoo reaches your ends, scrubbing aggressively will only break your hair.

CONDITION! BUT DO IT THE RIGHT WAY

If you’re like me and you have thick, somewhat curly hair, a good conditioner is absolutely vital. Always towel dry your hair before applying the conditioner, if you don’t, your conditioner won’t be able to make it’s way to the hair shaft and deliver all that moisture you have paid so dearly for.

FINALLY, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, CHOSE THE BEST PRODUCTS YOU CAN AFFORD ON YOUR HAIR

We all have very different hair and what works for me may not work for you, but there are a few universal truths when it comes to selecting hair care products:

  • Stay away from sulfates; they will strip your hair of moisture and cause (or in my case, worsen) frizz.
  • Hydrating shampoos have water listed in the ingredients list, look for it.
  • Look for shampoos that use natural oils, not factory-made ones, these oils will do the maximum in terms of restoring your hairs natural shine and moisture.



Naturals Beauty, a locally made (and seriously affordable) natural skin care company (who also make THE WORLD’S MOST AMAZING INSECT REPELLENT), recently sent me a set of their new shampoo and conditioner that they will be launching at the Kamers/Makers Expo today, along with a brand new body wash. I have only tried this range once but I am so excited to see where this product takes me. After one wash my hair feels lighter, it has an incredible shine to it and it smells so amazing (like when you walk into an super expensive spa and you just know you are going to be getting rubbed down with the GOOD oils). I will post an update on my Insta Stories after my next wash, but as far as first impressions go? I am pretty sure I will be using this product for ages to come.

What are some of your top hair care tips? Which products do you use? I would love to hear from you!

Nikki
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