Host: Valerie Hatcher
Release Date: 08/01/23
Duration: 7 min
In this episode, Valerie shares five tips for caring for thinning hair after 50. She covers using a gentle shampoo, taking supplements like biotin and collagen, using volumizing products, switching up your part, and protecting hair from heat damage. Valerie also discusses brands like Nioxin and Nutrafol for hair loss solutions.
0:20 - Introduction to hair thinning after 50
1:05 - Tip 1 - Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner
2:30 - Tip 2 - Try a supplement like Neutrophil
4:15 - Tip 3 - Use a volumizing or thickening product
5:00 - Tip 4 - Switch up your part
6:15 - Tip 5 - Protect hair from heat styling
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Hello fabulous ladies and welcome back to another 5 to Thrive Tuesday. Today we're continuing our topic of hair thinning after 50 but this time from the perspective of caring for our hair so take a quick break and sit back and enjoy. As I mentioned last week hair thinning is something that I've been dealing with. And actually, from what I've read, studies show that around 50% or more of women over 50 experience noticeable hair thinning or loss to some degree. Whether it's from hormonal changes, menopause, genetics, or other factors, the likelihood increases with age. Now I'm not a dermatologist and so my thoughts are based on my own personal experience, conversations with my hairstylist, and research on the topic when I was trying to self-diagnose. And please check with your medical provider for information that's specific to your condition. Now, let's dive into our five hair care tips for hair thinning. Number one, use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. As we get older, our hair and scalp may become more sensitive to harsh ingredients. This can exacerbate hair thinning and loss. Look for shampoos and conditioners made specifically for fine or thinning hair, as they'll be free from sulfates, parabens, and other chemicals that can cause further damage. Brands like Nioxin and Nutrifol have good options. Number two, try a supplement. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to hair loss. so adding a supplement to your routine may help. Biotin, collagen, vitamin D, iron, and zinc help support healthy hair growth. If you're deficient in any of these, taking a supplement could promote thickness and strength. A holistic supplement like Nutrifol contains these key ingredients, along with botanicals that support hormonal balance and a healthy scalp. Now, I've actually taken Nutrafol off and on for a while. I don't like taking stuff, but I think if I were to do it more consistently, I would see better results. It's probably because you have to take four pills a day. Now, I know this sounds crazy. I think it's because I take other supplements, and so then you add four more, and psychologically that's taken a lot. But I've actually started to split them up now. So I'll take two neutrophils in the morning and then two in the evening. But I do have a friend and my hairstylist has several clients that have really benefited from it. And it was also recommended to me by my dermatologist. So there actually could be something to this neutrophil. Also, registered dieticians recommend getting 50 to 70 grams of protein daily to aid in hair growth and hair health. Speak to your doctor about adding a hair supplement to your daily routine. Number three is using a volumizing or thickening product. There are many ways to get the appearance of fuller, thicker hair instantly, depending on the texture of your hair. Volumizing mousses or root-boosting sprays can add lift and body to the roots. Some styling creams can give hair soft fullness. You probably want to apply these products on damp hair and focus on massaging them into the roots and the crown area. Now these solutions didn't work for me, but I'm sure it depends on where you are in your hair-thinning journey. The fourth is switching up your part. I part my hair primarily on the left side of my hair, but due to hair loss, you may notice wider or thinner parts in your usual parting spot. Sometimes changing where you part your hair can help cover up problem areas and make your hair look fuller. I used to joke with my dermatologist and said that I felt like I was having or doing a comb over to actually hide some spots, but it's gotten much better since I've been under treatment. Using colored root powders like Topic or Xfusion hair fibers can help fill in thin spots. I'm gonna link them in the show notes in case you wanna check them out. And then lastly, protect your hair from heat styling. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, heat styling at high temperatures can increase breakage and thinning in aging hair. Frequent use of hot styling tools can cause breakage and thinning of fragile hair. Allow your hair to air dry when possible and always use a thermal-protected spray before heat styling. Tools like blow dryer brushes that have cool air settings are also gentler on thinning hair. In general, minimize the use of flat irons, curling irons, and other extremely hot tools. So There you have it, ladies. With a few targeted changes to your hair care routine and diet, you may be able to help minimize further thinning and damage as you age. Remember, it's important to seek professional advice if you're concerned about hair thinning. Next week, we're gonna build on these tips and discuss more solutions for reviving lackluster locks. The key is consistency with both your hair regimen and lifestyle habits. Here's to healthier, fuller-looking hair ahead. Thank you so much for joining me on the Five to Thrive Tuesday segment of The Aging with Grace and Style podcast. Make sure to subscribe on your favorite platform so that you don't miss an episode. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram at I am Valerie Hatcher. Or reach out through email at hello at agingwithgraceandstyle.com. Until next time, let's continue to age with grace, style, and a touch of sass.