As you get into middle age, things in your body start changing. You can’t just pull all-nighters at work like you used to or go out for the night with your friends and recover in a single weekend.
Of course, your overall health isn’t the only thing that suffers. So does your skin, hair, and nails. It is not unusual or vain to think about the state of your hair. Several basic dos and don’ts can go a long way in helping your hair look soft, shiny, and healthy well into your 40s.
Don’t Style Your Hair Too Often
Styling your hair can seem like the easy, foolproof way to make sure you have a good hair day almost daily, but what about what it actually does to your hair? Styling your hair with heat and chemical treatments is probably the fastest way to cause some severe damage.
Straightening or curling them robs your hair of moisture, damages its natural structure, turns them frizzy and hard to manage. The best thing you can do for your hair is to stop styling it regularly or avoid it altogether.
If you absolutely must do it, invest in some argan oil to put in your hair before using the hair straightener. Argan oil or any other heat protection serum can minimize damage and protect your hair while you subject it to the hot iron.
Focus On Your Diet
Your hair isn’t just magically there. It grows from your scalp and feeds on the nutrients in your body. The better your diet, the healthier your hair. If you do not have the time to invest in your diet or to prepare home-cooked meals, you can also take hair supplements and vitamins to better your hair health.
Many busy people also take the weekends to prep all their meals for the rest of the week. This way, they don’t have to take time off work to prepare their meals and don’t end up ordering unhealthy fast food when they’re too tired.
Stress and fatigue are both the leading causes of hair fall and poor hair health. Getting away from a stressful environment can noticeably help your hair health, which is why so much importance is placed on taking breaks and taking time off work, especially once you approach your older years.
Being in a stressful environment forces your body to be in “fight or flight” mode over long intervals of time. The hormones your body releases are great if you really need an extra rush of energy, but not so much when you’re just sitting at your office desk and worried about whether you’ll make your next deadline or not.
Use Essential Oils
Nature really is your best friend, and there's nothing better than essential oils taken straight from there when it comes to taking care of your hair's health. Every kind of essential oil out there has its own benefits, and regular massages with these hair oils can make your hair healthy, thick, and shiny.
Many stores online sell essential oils for your hair, but it's important only to buy them from reputable shops to avoid ill effects. At the end of the day, all your hair really needs is moisture, the proper nutrients, and lots of love to thrive and look its best.
Health Problems Can Adversely Impact Hair
Several health problems can cause issues with your hair and even hair loss. In fact, your hair could be one of the first signs you have a health problem that should require medical attention.
Your doctor can help you determine if a health condition is related to your hair problem. However, we can take steps to enjoy healthy hair with normal aging.
Hair Health and Cost of Hair Styling
The use of harsh shampoos, treatments, styling products, and excessive brushing contribute the most to poor hair health. The hair roots are usually the healthiest as the hair has not been subjected to harsh brushing, chemical treatments, or heat styling.
Better quality salons will use better products to improve your hair's health. The cost will be higher for better quality products. The costs of hairstyling vary depending on several factors. A men's haircut is usually much less than a woman's cut. Women, in general, pay more for hair than men do.
Often black women are charged more for hairstyling than white women. The reason given by hair professionals is styling natural hair was "harder" and required a special skill set. This site will help black women judge the cost of hair - AfroLovely: Black Hair Blog.
Aging Hair and Professional Hair Stylists
Professional hair stylists will also notice changes in your hair health. Using experienced professionals will not only help you 'look better,' but they will help you maintain better hair health as well.
Your age will also impact your hair and hair health. Older people should avoid Excessive heat styling. While heat styling can damage any hair, it can be particularly damaging for seniors due to the nature of aging hair.
Older adults should avoid the overuse of blow dryers, straightening irons, curling wands, and other heat styling tools whenever possible.
About the Author
Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart - all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.
Contributor since February 12th, 2021
We experience many changes in our health and body as we get older, and many of these changes start as early as our 30s and 40s. Some of these changes are cosmetic in nature and others more serious.
Being prepared for how these changes in our health, body, and mind will affect our family and finances will make the process of getting older easier.
Aging happens, and with longevity, we experience a significant risk of needing long-term health care. Since health insurance and Medicare will not pay for the costly long-term care services, many of us will require it becomes essential to plan for these costs before retirement.
Planning Tools and Resources on LTC NEWS
You can find many tools and resources on LTC NEWS to assist you in your research for a planning solution or help your family find the appropriate care for a loved one at the time of crisis.
To help you plan the costs and burdens of changing health and aging, LTC NEWS has put in place several resources, including:
- The LTC NEWS Cost of Care Calculator will show you the current and future cost of long-term health care services where you live. Plus, each state has vital state-specific information you should know - Cost of Care Calculator - Choose Your State | LTC News
- The Ultimate Long-Term Care Guide is an outstanding read to help you get a good overview of the topic area.
- Compare the major insurance companies that offer Long-Term Care Insurance products here - Top Insurers for Long-Term Care Insurance | LTC News.
- A detailed tax guide that includes available tax incentives can be found by reviewing the Long-Term Care Tax Benefits Guide.
Find all the resources on LTC NEWS - Resources for Long-Term Care Planning | LTC News.
Seek Professional Guidance
Insurance rates are regulated, so no insurance agent, agency, or financial advisor can give you special deals. However, insurance companies' premiums vary over 100% for the same coverage.
Experts suggest using a qualified Long-Term Care Insurance specialist to help you navigate the many options available to you and your family.
A specialist who works with the top companies can match your age, health, family history, and other factors and find you the best coverage at the best value. A specialist will save you money, and you will have peace of mind knowing they are making the appropriate recommendations - Work With a Specialist | LTC News.
Finding Quality Care for Mom or Dad
Start by reading our four guides -
- Finding Quality In-Home Care | LTC News
- Adult Day Care Centers (ADCCs) | LTC News
- Assisted Living and Memory Care Facilities | LTC News
- Finding a Quality Nursing Home | LTC News
If they are lucky enough to own a Long-Term Care Insurance policy, be sure they use it. Sometimes families wait, thinking they can save the benefits for a rainy day. Waiting on using available Long-Term Care Insurance benefits is not a wise idea.
Get Help in Filing a Long-Term Care Insurance Claim
Quality care obtained early will help provide a better quality of life and reduce the risk of a deep decline and facility care. If you need help in starting the process of a Long-Term Care Insurance claim, LTC NEWS can help.
LTC NEWS provides free assistance with no obligation to help you or a loved one complete the claims process with a Long-Term Care Insurance policy. We have teamed up with Amada Senior Care, who will do all the work, free with no obligation.
You can also get support in finding quality caregivers and get recommendations for a proper care plan, whether a person has a policy or not. - Filing a Long-Term Care Insurance Claim | LTC News.
Benefits of Reverse Mortgages
Today's reverse mortgages for those aged 62 and older could be an ideal resource to fund a Long-Term Care Insurance policy OR even provide money to pay for care if you, or a loved one, already needs help and assistance.
Some people have much of their savings invested in their homes. With today's reverse mortgages, you can find ways to fund care solutions, care itself, even help with cash flow during your retirement.
Learn more by asking questions to an expert. LTC NEWS columnist and host of the TV Show "62 Who Knew" will answer your questions regarding caregiving, aging, health, retirement planning, long-term care, and reverse mortgages.
- Just "Ask Mike." - Reverse Mortgages | LTC News.
Share Your Knowledge - Be A Guest Contributor for LTC NEWS
LTC NEWS is open to contributors to share their stories with the world.
You can write a story or ongoing column for LTC NEWS. You can write about many topics, including aging, caregiving, health, lifestyle, retirement planning, and long-term care, to name a few.
Be sure to write for our core target audience of adults aged 40 and older. Our audience is worldwide; however, our primary target is the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other English-speaking nations.
Improve your website or blog's SEO and gain exposure and traffic at the same time by being a contributor to LTC NEWS.
You can even promote yourself, your business, and your website or blog. However, it must have editorial content exclusive to LTC NEWS and not just an advertisement. It can include links to other sites, and you can share the article link once published on your website or social media.
Your Marketing and Advertising Partner – LTC NEWS
Use LTC NEWS to drive traffic to your website and help you attract people interested in your products and services. Plus, you can improve your website's SEO so more consumers can find you when they search for your products and services.
There are various marketing options available with LTC NEWS. Traditional advertising, sponsored content articles, strategic alliances, and more are available.
Learn more about how LTC NEWS can help you market your business, drive traffic, and improve SEO - Advertise With Us | LTC News.
LTC NEWS offers a 'helpful links' page so readers looking for additional information can find them easily. You can get a dofollow link to your website on LTC NEWS in exchange for a dofollow link on your site.
Let's work together and help consumers who search for us on the web - Site Request | LTC News.
You can also affordably purchase a dofollow link to your website or blog on LTC NEWS. Just contact the advertising department.
Sharing News with LTC NEWS
Include LTC NEWS in your press release distribution. If your group, organization, business, political committee, etc., have news to share, send it to LTC NEWS. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org