We all know that wrinkles make us look older, but when is the last time you stood back and looked at the condition of your hair?
Dry, brittle locks aren’t youthful, but a head full of glossy, bouncy hair is. So, what can you do to make your hair smoother and shinier, and put the vitality back?
Here Kala Kilshaw, Creative Director at EGO Professional shares her tips to help turn back the clock and we’ve got the products and treatments that will help.
“No matter how old you are, your hair can actually only be up to seven years old, so when we talk about hair we need to remember that as our body doesn’t prioritise hair as it is not essential to life. This means it will use all the goodness from our diet to keep organs healthy rather than your hair. Lacking these essential nutrients will mean your locks lack lustre and could be ageing you. Give your body a helping hand by ensuring your diet is nutritionally balanced and if you have any concerns, consider taking supplements.”
Viviscal supplements are scientifically formulated with the all the important nutrients needed for hair. Biotin, known for its hair strengthening benefits and Zinc (improves the health, body and appearance of hair) help to maintain normal healthy hair growth from within.
In additional to this, Viviscal also contains AminoMar, a marine-based complex that promotes hair growth. Jennifer Aniston, Karlie Kloss, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow are all fans.
Jennifer Aniston: “I’ve got a healthy bag of vitamins I take three times a day, like Viviscal and your basic omegas and vitamin C. Good stuff.”
“Most of us are advocates for a healthy skin care routine and adapt it as we get older, but don’t always apply the same principles to our hair. Shampooing combined with a good conditioner and treatments can allow you to have the youthful looking hair you really want, but remember to ensure you are using the correct products for your hair type.
“If you’re not combing your conditioner through your hair cuticles, it isn’t going to be smooth – making it look dehydrated, dry and ageing, so treat hair like skin to prevent it looking older.”
If your hair needs an intensive boost, then Philip Kingsley’s Coconut Breeze Hair Spa Treatment is the Rolls Royce of treatments.
Performed by trichotherapists this intensive, bespoke ritual is like a facial for the hair and scalp. It works on all hair types and treats and prevents dry, stressed or damaged locks from the inside out.
The “scalp facial” treatment starts with a full diagnosis on your hair followed by bespoke recommendations on how to take care of it, continuing with their Coconut Breeze Elasticizer pre-conditioning and steam treatment.
This is then followed by a relaxing 10-minute scalp massage, a shampoo and condition, some pre-styling treatment, and then a healthy, natural blow dry. Treatment time is an hour and costs £80.
“Each individual strand has its own stages of development, but on average, hair grows 0.5 inches per month, equal to 6 inches per year.
“So just think about the length of your hair and all it’s been through in a year, two or three depending on your lifestyle etc. I always say to clients think about your hair as your favourite black t-shirt, if you put it on the hot wash every week it will fade and loose elasticity within a year, whereas if you had hand washed it etc, it would have maintained its shape and colour so much better, that’s exactly what happens to your hair so treat it with care. You can replace the t-shirt!
“I am not saying you can’t style your hair, that would be futile, we all want to make the most of our locks but if you are going to apply heat, think about how you are applying it. The Ego Professional iron is good because it uses infrared light and pulsing ultrasound to deliver hydration, protein, nutrition, and even colour pigment right into the core of the hair. The irons don’t produce heat; there is just a glow of light which deeply conditions the hair.”
“To me, one of the most obvious ways our hair ages us is when it;s been over-coloured, leading to unnatural buildup of artificial colour – this can be very ageing as it looks so unnatural. Always go a shade lighter than what you were naturally 10 years ago, as this is less ageing with your skin tone as you get older. If you colour you hair yourself, don’t take the colour through to the ends as oxygen in the air lifts colour, so it’s so obvious if it’s overdyed and looks unnatural and ageing, it’s also harder to maintain the condition of your hair.”
If you are looking for a weekly treatment then Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer remains one of the best.
“Wearing your hair too long can be very ageing. I’m not saying long hair at any age is wrong, it’s just a must to have amazing, conditioned, smooth locks sporting classic or modern cut rather than doing nothing with it – that doesn’t look youthful.”