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Sunday, May 9, 2021

These Tips Changed my Hair in my 40's

If you have followed along for the past decade, you know that I've had ups and downs. One of the downs has been dealing with postpartum changes to my hair after each of my pregnancies. I thought that it was bad the first time around, but it was much worse after I gave birth to my youngest son in my early 40's.  The combination of postpartum hair damage and age was tough. On top of that, some of my hair started turning gray a couple of years ago. Coloring my hair has added extra stress and damage. While my hair is not perfect, I have finally found tips to improve the health of my hair.  In today's post, I want to connect with all of you who are frustrated with hair damage because I spent a lot of time trying to find solutions. 

1. Wash your hair less frequently.

I'm in a mom's group and was surprised one day when almost everyone in our group told me that they only wash their hair 2 or 3 times a week.  I followed their strategy and it has helped! I don't know whether I could have followed this tip when I was younger because I had oily hair. However, my hair is less oily with age and I now am able to wash my hair less frequently.

2. Don't use extremely hot or extremely cold water on your hair. 

Up until the last year, I always used hot water to wash my hair.  I love hot showers and didn't realize that this was bad for my hair. This was an easy change to improve the healthy of my hair!

3. Eat a balanced diet.

I notice that my skin looks better when my diet is well balanced and I stay hydrated. Similarly, our hair benefits from a healthy diet too!  

4. Use bond building products.

Changing my haircare products was one of the easiest changes that made the biggest difference. In particular, using the OLAPLEX line of haircare products help to repair my damaged hair. You've probably heard of this brand because it is the go-to brand for damaged hair.  It's available on the OLAPLEX websiteSephoraNordstrom, and many other shops. Some of their products have 70,000+ positive ratings on Amazon.  This unique brand deserves every positive rating because their products are true game changers! If you want to repair damage and/or are getting ready for summer highlights, you'll want to become familiar with OLAPLEX because this brand has incredibly helpful products.  Personally, I started using a couple of products from this brand after I gave birth to my youngest son. Postpartum hormonal changes caused havoc on my hair. I had a lot of breakage, especially around my face and on my crown.  I tried many different brands and products without luck. It was frustrating. I then started to use OLAPLEX hair products. These products work their magic by repairing broken bonds. It actually strengthens your hair from within to thoroughly repair hair. I started with a few OLAPLEX products and noticed a dramatic difference. I then branched out and tried more from their product line for even better results!  

I recommend all of the current OLAPLEX products, but if I could only choose one, it would be their iconic No. 3 Hair Perfector. This is their best seller. I use it once a week to repair my hair.  I initially used it to repair damage caused from postpartum hormones and age related hair changes, but it's also similarly fabulous when my hair is stressed out from highlights.  I recently started using the OLAPLEX No. 0 Intensive Bond Builder to prime my hair before using the OLAPEX No. 3 Hair Perfector. It repairs hair bonds, strengthens and protects hair integrity. When used as part of the two part system, it has been scientifically proven to strengthen hair by 68% and make hair 3x stronger. Personally, I have seen and felt the difference in my hair! Even my husband has commented on the improvements.

While I only use the No. 0 and No. 3 once each week, I use the No. 4 Bond Maintenance ShampooNo. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, and No. 6 Bond Smoother a few times a week. The bond building technology in these products is amazing. My hair hasn't looked this good in years! I also love the No. 7 Bonding Oil on days that I do not wash my hair. I apply it to the ends so that my hair looks shinier, soft, and vibrant. It's a must-have at this time of year when the Texas humidity is high!

Finally, OLAPLEX No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask is one of the newest products in the OLAPLEX line. I started to use this mask once a week and am in love with it!  It provides intense moisture to treat damaged hair, adding shine, smoothness, and body. Based on clinical results, users experienced 2x more shine, 4x more moisture, and 6x more smoothness. A total of 94% saw more body.  My aging hair soaks up this mask! I have dry hair and my hair looks instantly better after I use this mask. This intense moisture mask is perfect for summer, especially if you plan to color your hair or spend time in the sun or swimming!

5. Get regular hair cuts every 10 to 12 weeks.

If you are like me, you may be tempted to skip haircuts because you prefer for your hair to be longer.  This is a mistake that I made for years. I would get a hair cut once every 3 or 4 months. Over the past year, I've been more serious about having my hair cut every 2 months. I think that it helps!  My hair is currently shoulder length. I would prefer for it to be longer, but I'll eventually get there. Shorter and healthier looks better than long and brittle hair!

6. Some people recommend switching to a silk pillowcase. 

I switched to a silk pillowcase that is supposed to be gentler on my hair. I'm not entirely sure whether it made a different or not.  I tried this for a couple of months. I sleep on my back, but the hair that touches my pillow on the back of my head has always been in the best condition compared to the rest of the hair. My problem areas are really in the front and especially around my crown.  While I tried the silk pillowcase for a couple of months, I didn't notice a difference. I switched back to my old pillowcase. While this tip didn't work out for me, this may still be something that you want to try.

7. Don't pull your hair into a high bun.

I used to always pull my hair into a high bun while I worked from home during the day.  I read a tip that I should stop doing this. I realized that a lot of my hair breakage seemed to correlate to the areas around the hair tie. I stopped this habit and the breakage has been growing out in that area. I recently went in for a haircut and my stylist commented that she could see the breakage growing out. I look forward to the day that all of the breakage in gone!

I hope that these tips help if you are struggling with hair breakage and loss.  It's so easy to notice that our body changes with age. Our hair is similar. It's important to create a healthy hair routine as we get older!

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