How to Keep Your Hair From Aging

It may seem kind of crazy, but as you get older your hair even starts to change. It may not be as full as it used to be. It can become less naturally oily and can sometimes become incredibly difficult to style on a regular basis as it seems to become more uncooperative with your style methods Here’s why this happens and how to prevent/manage it.

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What is up with my hair?!

If it doesn’t seem as


as it used to, blame it “


can make hair thinner, drier and less manageable,” notes dermatologist Shani Francis, MD, director of the Hair Disorders Center of Excellence in Skokie, Ill. The trick is to restore hydration, add volume and

replenish shine

. Here’s your total plan.

Bring Back Softness
“I love how dry and brittle my hair is!” said no one ever. There’s a scientific explanation for why it’s like that: “Since oil glands are mostly under hormonal control, they can become less active as your body changes over time,” says Dr. Francis. Turning up the heat on your dryer or curling iron only adds to the parching problem.


Restore your hair’s natural lipids with a weekly fix such as Kérastase Paris Resistance Masque Therapiste ($34;

), which packs hydrating plant sap plus peptides and

amino acids

to strengthen abused follicles.

Coat damp hair with a thermal protectant that hasceramides; they bind to hair and reduce breakage, found a study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science. Try Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray ($32; The suppler your strands, the less breakage youll see.

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Boost Fullness
Thinning often happens gradually, but for some of us, it seems to occur overnight. One day you look in the mirror and-gasp!-you can see scalp. Or you notice your ponytail isnt as full. “Hair goes through growing cycles, and at a certain age, it can slow down,” says Dr. Francis. But all is not lost: Those sluggish follicles can be awakened.

OD’ing on products leaves behind buildup that can impede hair growth. ReGenesis Thickening Shampoo ($34; has willow bark to de-gunk and flax protein to plump strands. For significant thinning, the go-to ingredient is minoxidil. It’s the only over-the- counter drug that’s FDA-approved for stimulating hair growth in women. Find it in Women’s Rogaine Hair Regrowth Treatment ($30 for a one-month supply; With daily use, you can expect results in as early as 12 weeks. Also FDA-approved to spur hair growth: low-level red-light laser therapy. The HairMax LaserComb Ultima 12 ($495; is an investment, but it can be as effective as minoxidil, says Dr. Francis, and more so if it’s used in conjunction with the drug. Run the pronged wand over your scalp three times a week for eight minutes to see improvement in 12 weeks.

You guessed it-use volumizing spray. Try BloPro Blow Back Time Texture Spray ($20;, which infuses hair with specks of bulk-boosting powder. (No worries; its invisible.) Focus on the roots of dry hair, holding up 2-inch sections and spritzing them, says Nunzio Saviano, owner of the eponymous salon in New York City. “Brush through for more oomph.”

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Erase the Grays

You may blame stress, but the


is that the production of pigment in hair follicles starts to lag

with age

(at what point depends on your genes).

To go longer between salon visits, touch up your roots with a box color. Clairol Age Defy ($7; ) hides silver and adds sheen.

When you spot annoying grays, hide them with a temporary fix like Redken Color Rebel Naturals Hair Makeup ($20; It dries quickly and lasts through a couple of shampoos. For your hairline, use a Q-tip to apply. Later, roots!

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Get a Whole Lot of Shine
When you want your hair to glow, “treat your scalp the same way you do your skin,” says Liz Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at the New York Philip Kingsley Clinic. Lay off the drying products and help strands glisten with light.

Cut back on shampooing-it strips hair of its natural oils and gloss-to once or twice a week. You also want to protect hair from shine-sapping UV rays. Try Rene Furterer Solaire Leave-In Moisturizing Spray ($22;, which has jojoba wax and camelina oil along with a UV filter. For extra luster, consider a salon gloss (usually with a hint of tint) or glaze (typically clear), advises Jet Rhys, a Solana Beach, Calif., stylist to the stars. “It’s like waxing your car,” she says. “You get a noticeable shine boost that lasts a couple of weeks.”

Make shine serum your final styling step. Try L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Nutri-Gloss Mist ($10; “Apply a bit to the ends, which typically need the most TLC,” says Rhys. For extra de-frizzing, spritz your palms and run them over the length of your hair, avoiding roots.

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3 Style Tricks for Younger Hair

1. Zigzag your part.
“It can make hair appear fuller by hiding sparse spots,” says celeb stylist Jet Rhys. Use your finger to part instead of a comb for a natural look.

2. Go halfsies.
Pull just some of your hair back. “When you sweep the sides up toward the back of your head, it visually raises the cheekbones,” explains Rhys. Instant face-lift!

3. Do a high ponytail.
For a soft, flattering look, loosely brush hair back and up with a paddle brush, says Saviano, then secure with a ribbon hair elastic.”


How You Feel About Aging May Actually Determine How You Age

There have been many studies about how attitude and mentality can shape your overall health but there is a new study that links very specific attitudes with ironically fitting consequences. This new study shows that negative attitudes about aging actually cause you to age poorly. Check out the full study below.

These adults also showed a greater decline in the volumes of their hippocampus-a part of the brain vital for memory-than people who felt more positive about seniors. 

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The researchers aren’t exactly sure why it happens, but they speculate that holding negative beliefs toward seniors can spike your stress levels, which may lead to harmful changes in your brain over time, says study author Becca Levy, Ph.D.

And if you believe these age stereotypes now, then you’ll probably believe them with each passing birthday, too. That can affect your brain health even more when you’re older, she says.

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The even crazier part: It’s likely only cynical thoughts toward the elderly-not an overall negative attitude in general-that can be tied to Alzheimer’s disease, Levy says. 

In her study, the significant link between aging stereotypes and brain changes still existed even after controlling for the participants’ wellbeing.

So if you’re negative about everything but seniors, you probably won’t be as likely to get Alzheimer’s as the guy who loves everything except for grandparents. 

Ask yourself these questions: How do you feel about the seniors in your life or the ones you come into contact with? Do you get frustrated with them? Do you find yourself talking down to them?

Noticing a connotation of pessimism in your answers? Levy suggests finding an older man or woman to respect and emulate. Someone who is living his life in a way that you would be proud to live yours at his age. He could be a family member or even a celebrity. (Or one of these 7 Old Guys Who Can Kick Your Ass.)

It may seem like a silly task to you now, but Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease. If the simple act of thinking more positively could potentially decrease your risk down the road, you should do it. 


Losing Weight is a Constant Cycle

Losing weight is something that most people aspire to do. Making sure to choose the healthier of the two options presented to you in every situation you encounter is one way to ensure weight loss but things change as you age if you are struggling to stay healthy and lose weight. Here’s a handy guide .

There’s Always a Group Dinner
Without kids or a spouse, a lot of women in their twenties have the freedom to eat out with friends whenever the hell they want. That means you eat way more calories from that yummy Thai restaurant than you would if you actually used your stove, says Ansel. But you can still stay on track without sitting at home. Since most restaurants have at least one healthy option, make it your goal to order first, she says. “Research shows people follow the lead of the first person to order in a group,” says Ansel. And instead of revisiting the same old high-cal spots, do your homework and suggest new (healthier) joints that your friends will like, too. Another option: Eat half of your meal, and box the rest for leftovers tomorrow night.

You Eat with Your Screens
Scarfing breakfast while checking email, working through lunch, and scrolling through your phone during dinner: Sound familiar? “When we eat in front of a computer or any screen, we eat more and feel less satisfied than when we eat in a tech-free zone,” says Ansel. Breaking the habit isn’t easy (we get it, a girl’s got to multitask), but consuming fewer mindless calories is worth the struggle. If you can’t get out to eat lunch during the workday, visit the office break room for a few minutes to chow down. Then, attempt to eat dinner without the TV on or your phone in front of you. You might find that you actually like focusing on your food. 

You’re Late Night Snacking
Meals can feel fluid in your twenties. For example, maybe you had a few bites at happy hour, so you’re not starving for dinner. Or maybe breakfast was an office cupcake, so you put off lunch. But those habits can lead to serious late-night munchies. Here’s why: Your body is smart, says Ansel. When you don’t give it enough food during the day, it will demand it late at night, she says. Break the cycle by keeping a journal to see when you’re eating. “If you’re perpetually skipping certain meals, set an alarm on your cellphone to eat something healthy and satisfying, even if it’s just a Greek yogurt.”

In Your 30s

You Have No Time to Work Out
For new moms, it’s a win just to slip in a shower and brush your teeth. And though it seems impossible, you can make working out work. Ansels says that finding a gym with child care or subscribing to online workouts that you can do during naps can be a big help. For an active recovery, take long walks with your baby in his or her stroller-and you might be surprised how quickly you can bounce back into shape, says Ansel.

Your Fridge is Empty
Grocery trips become a lot harder (and infrequent) with a kid in tow. So it’s important to pack your pantry with healthy packaged foods that make quick meals. A bowl of oatmeal with fruit, nuts or chia seeds, and low-fat milk takes two minutes to make and can keep you full for hours. Same goes for scrambled eggs or whole-wheat French toast, says Ansel. Another idea: Stock up on low-sugar tomato sauce, whole-wheat pasta, and canned white beans, and toss them together for a 15-minute meal. You can also take two minutes to combine canned tuna or salmon with salad greens and some grape tomatoes, she says. 

In Your 40s

You’re Losing Muscle Mass
As your body gets older, muscle naturally starts to break down and your metabolism slows, which causes pounds to creep on. But by eating protein throughout the day and weight training, you can fight that process, says Ansel. Most of us eat enough protein, but we don’t eat it at the right times, she says. When you eat a majority of your protein at dinner, your body doesn’t have time to use it all as energy, so it has to store it as fat. By spreading out your protein intake, you give your body a steady stream that it can use. Aim to eat 20 to 30 grams with each meal and five to 10 grams with each snack.

You Fall for Frozen Food and Takeout
If you’re shuttling little people around all afternoon and evening, it’s tough to get a healthy meal on the table before bedtime. “The key is to set aside 15 minutes every weekend to plan a quick healthy dinner for each weeknight,” says Ansel. And they don’t have to elaborate. A turkey sandwich or peanut butter and jelly is better than ordering Chinese food or baking a frozen pizza, she says.  


When to Throw Away Your Makeup

Makeup is expensive and something that we are all very reluctant to throw away but for your health and wellbeing it is important that you know when to throw certain items away. Here is a great list that will help you remember when to throw away common makeup items so that you will avoid infection and look fabulous!

The product that goes bad in the shortest amount of time is mascara since bacteria breeds quickly and each use pumps drying air into the tube. Toss after two to three months-or even sooner if you notice it’s getting clumpy or smells weird, says Menzer.

Liquid Foundation
“I know how much people want to make these bottles last. However, they’re cream-based and get contaminated with bacteria from your fingers, brushes, and sponges,” says Menzer. Average shelf life can vary from eight to 12 months. Let go when the formula begins to separate.

Powder Foundation
Pay attention to the texture of the product, advises Menzer. If it begins to get a dry, hardened surface or turns flaky, that’s when it’s time to get a new one-typically from six months to a year after you’ve first used it. Powders will begin performing poorly and not look as good on your skin.

Concealer tends to be a product we go through the slowest since it only takes a teeny bit to cover up most imperfections. When the color begins to change, you’ll want to part with it. For powders and sticks, that can be up to two years, while liquids typically go after one year.

Eye Shadow, Blush, and Bronzer
In powder form, these heavy hitters can last up to three years. Get a new one when the pigment fades or doesn’t apply as well as before. Liquid and cream versions have a much shorter shelf life and can typically last up to a year, says Menzer.

“Pencils are regularly sharpened, so in my opinion, [they] never go bad since the bacteria is shaved away,” says Menzer. However, liquid eyeliners last between six to 12 months or until the formula dries out or starts clumping up.

If you’re stocking up on your favorite shade (we’ve been there, done that!), it can last up to three years if unopened immediately. Once opened, it’s time to toss if it starts to smell or taste funny and strong.

Lip Gloss
Glosses don’t last as long as lipstick formulas and have a shelf life between six to 12 months, depending how clean you keep the applicator. Once it gets extra tacky or sticky, it’s time to give it the heave-ho.

Want to get the longest possible use out of your cosmetics? Clean makeup brushes and sponges on a regular basis, and wash your hands before applying or touching up makeup, as doing both will help prevent bacteria growth on products, says Menzer. “And ladies, no matter how close you are to your bestie, don’t share your makeup,” she adds. (One woman in Australia even reported getting a staph infection-which left her in a wheelchair-from makeup brushes with a gal pal. Eek.)

We also love Stowaway Cosmetics, which makes smaller-sized mascaras, eyeliners, lip colors, and concealers that you can actually use up before they have a chance to turn. And big bonus: They’re easier to slip into a makeup bag for touchups on the go or while traveling, too.