Hair Care and Hairstyles for Women in their 50s
With age, most women experience a change in hormone metabolism, slowing the cell turn over and growth. Not only does this affect skin and bones but also hair, which can cause greying, hair loss and a change in hair texture that tends to become drier and finer.
With this natural ageing process comes the realisation that styles and products that once worked well for your hair no longer give the same results, which can be quite frustrating. But that does not mean that you can’t still have great looking hair. All you need to do is be aware of the changes that are taking place and understand what you can do to still look great no matter what age you are.
Handling Hair Loss
While it is quite natural to lose about 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, more severe hair loss could be due to poor nutrition and stress, which causes hair quality and texture to be dry and brittle to touch over time. To replenish moisture and strengthen the hair, use a hair mask once a week and go for a hair or scalp treatment at a hair salon once a month. A wide-tooth comb should also be used when detangling wet hair too as it is more vulnerable to breakage.
Heat damage (e.g. overuse of curling irons, improper use of the hair dryer, and frequent use of chemical treatments such as perm, colour, straightening) is another cause of hair loss. Thus, a serum or leave-in conditioner should be applied to protect hair from the heat before styling. The sun’s UV rays and environmental aggressors affect your hair too, so use a hair sunblock before going out and avoid excessive sunlight, chlorine and seawater where possible.
Getting Over Grey Hair
Over time, our natural production of hair colour pigments, melanin, slows down and our natural colour loses its colour strength, resulting in grey hair which can look dull and make you appear pale. To avoid doing so, you can use a volumnising shampoo and conditioner that gently cleanses the hair and adds volume while enhancing luster and bring out the hair’s natural shade.
You can also opt to colour your hair to add radiance and glow to your skin. Try warm shades such as Chestnut brown, Mahogany or Ash Brown that also lessen the colour contrast when your hair grows out. Avoid dark shades, brown or jet black though as these colours would make you look fierce and older.
Cinching the Right Cut
Gone are the days when you need to have a conservative haircut as you get older as your choice should only be limited by what best suits your features. If you have a round face shape, opt for hairstyles with volume at the crown of the head with soft gradual layers and wispy ends as it helps make the face appear slimmer, softer and sexier. If you have a square face shape on the other hand, mid hair length with curls or choppy ends are advisable to soften your angular jaw line to create a more balanced look.
Being older does not mean having to resort to short hair too. Medium length hair, which is well-textured, can be very sexy as you should be in your 50s and having shorter layers around the face styled up and away from your face (using a round brush) helps soften the frown lines around the eyes and gives the face a lift. Opt for bangs too as they are great for concealing forehead lines. If you have fine, thin hair though, short bobs help disguise it by providing volume.
Embrace your 50s and let your hair express your timeless beauty.
Shunji Matsuo is the Founder and International Director of Shunji Matsuo Hair Studio.