I have always had a thick mane of wild, wavy hair. It bugged me when I was younger because I forever tried to tame it into a blowout on my own instead of owning my waves. I typically save blowouts for the professionals now and go with my natural texture at home, haha!
That being said, I have noticed that my hair has slowly changed over the past few years. It’s definitely thinner. It feels drier. To be fair, I do color it a lot more than I was a decade ago. And that is why I turned to products to treat my aging hair’s specific issues.
I look for high-quality hair care products made for color-treated hair. I look for products that will give me volume. And I look for products that hydrate. Oh, and I look for products that highlight, not fight against my hair’s texture.
What should be in your anti-aging hair care routine?
If you color your hair, products that are specifically made for color-treated hair are always a good idea. You don’t want harsh chemicals to strip your color or your hair’s moisture. My go-to shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free and safe for my hair.
Also, a good hair mask is worth its weight in gold. There is such a difference in my hair when I use a hair mask at least once a week. When my tresses feel really dry, I up that hair mask usage to twice a week.
My friends who have embraced their gray mentioned that they needed extra hydration too. So, you really can’t go wrong with a hydrating treatment like a mask whether you color or don’t! And if you’re thinking about growing out your gray, make sure you check out Nicole’s tips, but I digress…
Volumizing products go a long way too in the anti-aging department. From volumizing shampoo and conditioner to lifting spray, there is a slew of effective products out there to help give your hair back some of the volume you lost.
On that note, let’s talk about some of my favorite anti-aging hair care game-changers!
The Best Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair
If you want younger-looking hair, damage is not going to help with that. Apart from protecting your hair with heat-protecting products when you use any form of heat styling, a repairing shampoo is your best friend.
Olaplex has more than one product with a cult following and their No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo is definitely one of them.
I turn to Olaplex No. 4 time and time again because it helps soothe and repair the inevitable damage that comes with coloring my hair. Breakage and frizz are at a minimum thanks to this magical formula!
Get Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo on Amazon here. (note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)
The Best Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair
I get what I hope, haha, are youthful-looking sun-kissed highlights and because my hair is a naturally warm brown hue, those highlights can turn brassy real quick if I’m not careful.
My go-to fix for this issue is the Redken Brownlights line. I use the blue-hued conditioner to help tone my hair in between appointments at the salon.
And if you only wash your hair once or twice a week like me, you can use the Redken Brownlights shampoo and a hair mask in place of your conditioner. I do that in the summer when the heat has me sweating more than usual, haha!
I love how Redken Color Extend Brownlights Conditioner keeps my highlights fresh looking without a hint of orange in sight!
Get Redken Color Extend Brownlights Conditioner on Amazon here. (note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)
The Best Volumizing Shampoo
In my younger days volume was not a problem. In fact, it was quite the opposite situation. I almost had too much volume. What I wouldn’t give to have that volume back, bwah.
These days I am all about any product that will give me an extra bit of oomph, especially when I have somewhere special to be. And that is where the Oribe Shampoo for Magnificent Volume comes into play!
Oribe Shampoo for Magnificent Volume Shampoo is an absolute game-changer because it gives you the best lift at the roots and body below!
Get Oribe Shampoo for Magnificent Volume on Amazon here. (note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)
The Best Anti-Aging Hair Mask
Like I mentioned earlier, when I’m only washing my hair once or twice a week I use a hair mask as my conditioner so my hair gets a healthy dose of hydration every time I wash it. If I’m washing more, then I typically use my mask once a week in addition to my everyday conditioner.
My current favorite hair mask is the Loreal Professional Liss Unlimited Anti-Frizz Hair Mask. It works wonders to smoothe my unruly hair when it’s humid, especially.
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I just love how much healthier my Liss Unlimited Masque makes my hair look! And healthy hair means younger-looking hair my friends!
Get Loreal Professional Liss Unlimited Anti-Frizz Hair Mask on Amazon here. (note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)
The Best Volumizing Hair Gel
If you have any amount of curl or wave in your hair, you know that when you embrace it your hair looks more voluminous. I only wish I had started scrunching up my waves earlier!
The right gel can really take your curls to the next level. I currently use the Mizani True Textures Perfect Coil Oil Curl Gel. It is actually formulated for super tight curls, which I don’t have, but my stylist suggested I try it anyway and she was not wrong. It defines my waves while leaving them touchable!
I love how hydrating Mizani True Textures is. When you think about gel, your mind might go to crunchy, but this gel creates such soft texture while also giving me the added volume of waves! I just scrunch and go!
Get Mizani True Textures Perfect Coil Oil Curl Gel on Amazon here.(note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)
The Best Hair Thickening Spray
Do you find that even if you have some volume after you do your hair in the morning, it’s gone later in the day? A good thickening and root lifting spray can take care of that for you!
I love Color Wow Raise the Root Thicken and Lift Spray because you can use it on damp or dry hair. So, use it to style in the morning and/or to freshen up your look later!
I can make a blowout last longer by using this a couple of days in. My roots fall flat, best case scenario, the next day. Thanks to this thickening spray I can give that blowout new life in seconds!
Get Color Wow Raise the Root Thicken and Lift Spray on Amazon here. (note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)
The Best Anti-Aging Scalp Treatment
Dealing with thinning hair is so stressful. I’ve certainly tried so many things to make mine look fuller. I tried bangs to hide my hairline. I tried powders to conceal those thinner spots, but my best trick is Alterna’s scalp treatment.
You apply the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Clinical Densifying Scalp Treatment to your roots and leave it in. Why use it? Because it’s clinically proven to improve hair texture and thickness!
You won’t believe how well this scalp treatment works to immediately make your hair look denser! It’s super lightweight so it doesn’t weigh your hair down and Omega fatty acids, vitamins, and more that help fight the signs of aging.
Get Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Clinical Densifying Scalp Treatment on Amazon here. (note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)
The Best Hair Texturizing Spray
I keep talking about bringing out whatever texture you have in your hair. It really does give you the most volume! And a texturizing spray is a great way to do that.
We already know how effective Living Proof dry shampoo is. Well, I am here to tell you that their Full Dry Volume & Texture Spray works just as well!
I love how Full Dry Volume & Texture Spray gives me an easy breezy, spent some time at the beach this week texture and volume with very minimal effort!
Get Living Proof Full Dry Volume & Texture Spray on Amazon here. (note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)
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