Hair Care for Women Over 40

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Hair Care for Women Over 40
Gray hair offers a distinguished appearance. (Ralf Nau/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

As women grow older, their hair loses its strength, moisture and elasticity. To help keep your hair strong and shiny, avoid harsh products, excessive shampooing and tight hair styling. Other hair issues for women over 40 include covering grey hairs, preventing hair loss and cutting your hair in a flattering shape.

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Shampoo and Conditioner

As you age, your hair often loses strength, pliability and shine. Washing your hair with harsh shampoo or shampooing frequently quickens the process of loosing strength and shine. To avoid loosing pliability, wash with a gentle or strengthening shampoo, and avoid shampooing your hair more than two or three times a week. To retain moisture, apply a deep conditioner to your hair once or twice a week. Other methods for locking in moisture include hair masks and hot oil treatments.


Since older hair tends to lack elasticity, excessive styling leads to breakage and damage. Curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers often damage hair by sapping its moisture. Retain your hair's moisture and elasticity by using a heat serum or heat-protecting spray before you apply heat to your hair. Whenever possible, avoid styling your hair with heat or harsh chemicals. Simple style options include wavy, naturally dried hair, hair pulled into a loose ponytail and hair held in place with clips.

Covering Grays

As women age, the number of grey hairs in their head typically increases. While many women opt to leave their hair a natural salt and pepper, others cover their greys with hair dye. If your grey hairs are silver and white, the option for turning them into highlights exists. Typically, applying subtle highlights is a task best left to a stylist. If you prefer a do-it-yourself approach, dye your hair at home with a product designed to cover greys. To avoid harsh chemicals and bleach, apply semi-permanent dye instead of permanent hair dye.

Preventing Hair Loss

Hair thins naturally over time. However, many styling options, including tight ponytails and braids, increase the rate of hair thinning. Other causes of hair loss include stress, illness and certain medications. To decrease your rate of hair loss, eat a balanced diet and consume a daily multivitamin. Hair growth products like Rogaine help recover lost hair. Other options for preventing hair loss include reducing stress and limiting harsh hair products.

Hair Cuts

Many stylists recommend wearing your hair short as you grow older. The shorter your hair, the less time it requires. Additionally, as you age, and your hair thins, it often looks stringy or limp at long lengths. Popular short hair cuts include pixie cuts, chin-length bobs and shoulder-length, layered haircuts.

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