Your must-dos for soft, smooth, touchable, vibrant and glossy results
17 February 2015
When Charlize Theron, 39 stepped onto the red carpet last night to support partner Sean Penn’s latest film, we were in awe of this beautifully tousled bob which took years off her. Free-flowing and elegant, it’s a nod to the current ‘understyled’ hair trend which is sweeping the red carpet.
Our hair is one of the first things other people notice about us, so a head of healthy looking locks is key when it comes to ageless beauty. If your hair has thinned, broken or lost it’s natural shine as you’ve aged, we have the know-how to help you knock ten years off your look too.
There are so many new hair remedies on the market to help with all of the problems our hair experiences as we age. From cutting-edge tools which will give you a salon blow-dry at home, to treatments for thinning hair and daily supplements that will prevent damage, it is possible for us all to have thicker healthy head of hair, whatever our age.
It could even be as simple as washing your hair less frequently or using a keratin shampoo, which hair scientists have found is the quickest way to replenish our hair’s natural protein – which is vital to help keep your hair youthful for longer.
Click through to discover which products you need to invest in today to reveal healthy, youthful hair now…
'Don't wash hair too often,' says Asgar Saboo, style director at Daniel Galvin. 'This will preserve vital moisture in the hair.'
Pro Tip 'Condition is key,' says Aussie's Liz Taw. 'Use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, £4.99, to moisture, shine and de-frizz.'
'Use a spray gel for volume,' says Karine Jackson. 'Spray into towel dried hair, then really ruffle the roots with your fingers as you dry.' She recommends Organic Colour Systems Keep Curl Memory Spray, £10.95.
'Gelatin is excellent for hair condition and also hair loss;' says Shabir Daya, co-founder of victoriahealth.com. 'There's also a vegetarian supplement called Hairjelly Protein Capsules, £29.95 for 60 capsules.
'Hair shouldn't be too done or overstyled,' say Andreas Wild. 'Play with your natural hair texture: keep it relaxed, and avoid putting too much volume on the crown.
'Unstructured hair is everywhere. Overstyled over-blow-dried is just simply OVER. If you're adopting the go-to, undone style of the moment you'll be reducing heat too.' says Josh Wood
'For dry hair, apply Unite U Luxury Argan Oil, £30, to the ends of wet or dry hair,' says Karine. Hairdresser Ken Picton's posh-wash tip? 'Apply 2-3 drops of an oil such as Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolute, £39.50, to dry hair prior to shampooing; massage in, then shampoo as normal.'
'Women aged 40+ tend to style their hair way too much,' days Tina Farey, editorial director at Rush. However, this can damage the hair cuticle, leaving hair susceptible to breakage. Overuse of heat styling tools also dries hair out, so always use a heat production product.' Her favourite? L'Oréal Professionnel Techni Art Volume Constructor, £11.45.
'Coloured hair needs to be treated like a gentle fabric,' says Josh Wood: 'You wouldn't throw your cashmere into the tumble dryer every other day,' w&h loves +Haircare+-->+Styling+&+Treatments_M&S+Blonde+Glossing+Mask+150ml&ef_id=VCkW3AAAAC5SNHOZ:20150217111533:s">Josh Woods Glossing Mask, £12.50 to smooth and nourish colour treated hair.
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Grey hair can be chic - all it needs is a little extra care and attention. Try shampooing with the L'Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Silver to nutralise the tones in your hair (this shampoo will also work on blonde hair). Your locks will look cleaner, with added shine and stay tip-top condition long after you've left the salon.
Do you notice more and more hair in the shower these days? Encourage new growth with the LA Science Follicle Stimulating Shampoo. This rich, foamy cleanser increases bloody flow to the scalp to help prevent further hair loss.
There are so many great products on the market right now that will help boost mature hair. We love the Redken Intraforce Hair Thickening Kit: A 3-step system for everyday protection against ageing hair. Like a skincare routine, this kit includes a cleasner, toner and moisturising conditioner.
Naturally curly hair can become a nightmare once the grey sets. Coarse, frizzy and hard to manage tresses can knock your confidence, so invest in Redken's Curvaceous Ringlet to tame unruly kinks into bouncy waves and curls. Apply to damp hair, scrunch and go!
As we age, the natural protein - known as keratin - in our hair depletes. This results in breakage, thinning and dryness. It's important to help boost the levels of keratin in hair with a good treatment. Try the Phyto Baume Repair Express Conditioner to help strengthen weak locks and replace lost moisture.
Thick, healthy-looking hair that is full of volume will instantly knock years off your look. We recommend using the John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner once a week to help repair damaged and broken hair.
While over-brushing can cause breakage, no brushing at all can leave you with tired-looking, dull hair. Invest in a good quality hairbrush, such as the Mason Pearson Large Bristle and Nylon Brush and comb your tresses twice a day to tansform dry frizzy locks into a thick, glossy mane.
Help prevent excessive breakage and damage from heat styling with Kerastase's Resistance Cimet Thermique. This luxe milk can be applied to damp hair before blow-drying, straightening or curling to protect your vulnerable tresses. You can also layer the Resistance Cimet Thermique up with other leave in products for added protection.
Excessive heat styling is one of the most ageing modern hair problems. But what to do if you need to tame frizzy or unruly locks? Swap the straighteners for the BaByliss Big Hair Styling Too.. Easier on the hair, you can create a salon blow-dry at-home thanks to the rotating brush that dries hair as it straightens. This wonder-tool will transform dry and frizzy hair into sleek, glossy locks every day.
Redken All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil for Dry/Brittle Hair is a multi-tasking wonder product. Use pre-blow dry to protect, post blow dry to add shine and body and in-between washes to add shine and softeness. You can also apply this luxe oil overnight as a deep reconditioning treatment.
Revive coloured hair with a few drops of the L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Colour Glow Oil. A non-greasy formula that will leave the hair feeling protected. Only add to the mid lengths and ends - avoiding the roots - to help hair to look healthy.
If you haven't tried dry shampoo yet, now is the time! VO5 Give Me Texture Instant OOMPH Powder will refresh your blow dry when you don't have time to fully restyle your locks. Use on clean hair as well to add volume and texture to your tresses.
One of the easiest ways to healthy hair is to pop a pill. Philip Kingsley's PK4 Hair Dietary Supplement encourages hair growth, building on the hair's natural protein to give big, beautiful hair.