I believe I am stuck in my mom’s generation. Where most of those I knew, who were ‘old,’ wore their hair short. So in my mind, when us boomers turned 50, the hairs suppose to go short. Nope, not the case.
I’ve always hated short hair. Think it’s all the pixie cuts I was made to wear when I was little. Lol. When we moved to Florida though, and I went to work, well between menopause and being in the hot, humid weather of Florida, I cut my hair short. One time I had them shave the sides some, which Tommy didn’t care for too much. But he understood why I went so short.
BUT, it’s not written in stone that one HAS to go short. There are thousands of hairstyles for women 50 and over. Did you know that a new hairstyle can turn back the clock and make you look younger? The Price of a shampoo, cut & style, compared to the other more expensive ways to look more youthful. I’ll take the haircut every time!!
Same thing with long hair. Once you turn 40 or 50, you have to cut that hair!!! After I left my last job, I’ve been letting mine grow back out. I brush it and then pull it, but not tightly, that’s a no-no- into a ponytail. So much easier, then having to do my short hair every single day. I had to wash it, dry it, put mousse in it, and style it. Who has time for all that? I made time when I was working, but now, I can be ready in no time. I love it.
But, even today, with some women, the myth remains that you can not have long hair. Some men think that long hair is sexy. My husband prefers me in long hair. And my oldest daughter says I look younger with long hair. That my short hair made me look older. Yet, our middle daughter said just the opposite. It’s all personal taste.
I’m 58 in August, and I’m wearing long hair. It’s just past my shoulders, but that’s ok. I only just started getting grey hairs, well about 2 or 3 years ago. LOL My hair is in pretty decent condition. I’ll be including care tips for different types of hair in my article, and I’m going to check out how to make my hair healthier. If I try any and they work, I’ll be sure to update. Won’t you please do the same by adding your comments below? 🙂
Gray Hair, Don’t Care
When one begins to turn gray, they say it is then you know your hair is aging. Gray hair can start coming in as early as your 40’s. Usually in your fifties, during menopause. Few are lucky and don’t start showing any gray hairs till they are 60. I wish!! And then there are those not so fortunate, like an aunt I had, she started turning gray in her mid-thirties. So did an uncle.
Believe it or not, gray is the new blonde. I’ve seen younger girls coloring their hair gray. I guess it’s the latest trend; I don’t know. I’ve have seen on Pinterest where you can highlight your hair gray. I like it. But I’m not quite brave enough to try it. Maybe when I get a little grayer.
I’m going to leave a link below to a board on my Pinterest account, where more and more women are wearing their silver locks, and wearing them proudly! It’s called ‘Gray Hair, Don’t Care!” =)
Some of us, as we get older, tend to find our hair is more fragile. I know I did a couple of years ago. And my hairdresser said that I must use a conditioner. I was using Pert 2 in 1. He said no, I needed conditioner. So I bought myself some, and have been using it ever since.
One of my tips, now that my hair is longer, I use a wide-tooth comb in the shower, once I have worked the conditioner into my hair, I run the comb through my hair. It’s all tangle free when I step out of the shower. My hair itself is fine, but I have a lot of it. Makes brushing my hair easier on my hair, without having to detangle it there is less breakage.
I’ve read in many different magazines, and the reason
hair can become brittle is that it has lost its elasticity. Sun and humidity take its toll on anyone’s hair, not just ours.
More times though it is what we put in our hair and the hair tools we use. Over time your hair can become brittle, stiff, which then makes it break a lot more. We can no longer treat our hair like we did in our 20’s and 30’s. It’s time to give your hair some TLC.
What will help with this problem is, of course, get rid of all dyes, bleaches, hair straighteners, blow dryers, etc. Start using hair treatments that are protein-rich.
Biotin and silica is another way to show your hair some lovin’. Take vitamins with these minerals; it makes your hair stronger.
The same is true for those that suffer deficiencies in biotin. When you’re not getting enough biotin in your diet, your hair tends to be dry and brittle.
Silica is great for strengthening the hair you already have. I believe women of any age could use that tip.
By eating more fruit, protein, and vegetables. I’m a big ice water drinker, about 32-48 ounces a day. I read where that’s great for your hair. Can’t go wrong with the water, it helps with a lot of other issues.
It’s been mentioned to change your shampoo and conditioner. I read somewhere, where that is suggested to do every 3 or 4 months. But I would think no such a great idea for us baby boomers. But that last remark is only my opinion.
Home remedies, there are so many. I didn’t include any, because I didn’t want you to try one, and have your hair fall out. If I haven’t tried it myself, why would I list them here for you to try? I wouldn’t want that done to me.
In a sense, dryness and brittleness go hand and hand. This I saw, as I was reading up on writing this article. Dryness happens when we get older because due to our oil glands shrinking, therefore not producing enough oil. Before, the oil would coat the hair. But being older means we’re not producing enough oil to keep our hair soft like it was when we were younger.
The first thing one with dry hair should do is get your hair trim. This way you’re not trying to repair damaged hair, you can start fresh. I read that instead of letting your hair air dry to wrap it in a towel. That’s the first time I’ve heard of that.
There is no need to wash your hair every day. I don’t, but more out of the fact that I’m usually hanging around the house. If we go somewhere, of course, it gets washed.
Vitamins also help with dryness. As well as a good healthy diet. Especially anti-oxidants and Omega-3s.
Argan oil has been suggested to me, by many different people and hairdressers. I’ve never tried it. If you happen to try it, let us know what you think of it. And if it helped you with your dry hair. It’s all about nourishing your hair.
I’ve always rinsed my hair with cooler water. It’s been said it makes your hair grow faster. It refreshes both your hair and your scalp. I’ve been doing this off and on since high school.
Most of the time, hair thinning is due to menopause, when our hormones go crazy, causing an imbalance. Specifically in estrogen and progesterone. Hair follicles shrink, causing hair loss.
I have a couple of thin spots, but I believe mine is due to wearing my reading glasses on my head. Maybe it’s a little bit of both.
To help with this problem you’ll want to nourish it with Vitamin B. Biotin works here as well, and Niacin. Take an iron pill. The number one reason for thinning hair, low iron! Zinc is a wonderful mineral, that promotes hair growth! You have to love that! Eat more protein!
Get scalp messages, or do them yourself. Maybe talk your loved one to message each other’s scalps. It does your scalp a world of good.
If you get your haircut, have it longer on the top. That’s usually where the hair is thinnest. I’ve also read where it was suggested to keep your hair short in length.
Use a soft brush. Remember not to pull on your hair.
You’ll want to use a gentle, yet nourishing shampoo and conditioner for your thinning hair. Always use hair conditioner! Especially those containing glycerin and panthenol. They keep your hair moisturized, and strengthens your hair as well.
Avoid any hairstyle that pulls on your hair, particularly your hairline. No more heated hair tools. Big no-no. You want to restore your hair growth, so use products that target this problem.
I didn’t want to sound like I was contradicting myself with what I said above, so I recently spoke to my hairdresser about hairstyles over 50. Not everyone wants to wear their hair long. Heck, I always see cute haircuts, that I’m tempted to try. But after 57 years, I know I’ll regret cutting it, and hate having to take the time to get it all pretty looking. LOL
My hairdresser suggested that if you go with a hairstyle, especially anything you would put in your hair, to style it. Or any of the heated tools, etc. GET YOUR HAIR HEALTHY FIRST! Then get the haircut, and continue to nourish that hair!!! There is no reason why our hair can’t look fabulous just because we turn 50. No reason at all. But you must be diligent with your hair care if you want strong, healthy, beautiful looking hair. Get yourself a regimen and stick to it!
Again I have a Pinterest board called Baby Boomer Hair with over 1,500 pins! Definitely worth checking out!
Latest Hairstyles (youthful hairstyles for women over 50)
Love Hairstyles (for a sexy new style!)
Over 50 Hairstyles (another Pinterest board with over 600 pins)
>>>> Here’s that ‘Gray Hair, Don’t Care‘ Pinterest board mentioned above. You have to see just how beautiful gray hair is!!
We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. Will Rogers