Lines and wrinkles and grays OH MY! Big time bummer! It started for me when I turned 30, but my aunt was completely silver by the time she was old enough to drink at a bar. Hair color changes as we age, turning gray and then white through a process called achromotrichia. We’re all going to go through it. By the age of 40, nearly 50% of Americans have some wiry strands that seem to have a mind of their own. Some people are actually born with gray hair because of a genetic quirk. So get ready for the inevitable with this roundup of products that can help keep your tresses looking youthful and vibrant.
Alterna, a leader in hair care products, outdoes itself with Caviar Anti-Aging Hair Mask. This intensive moisturizing treatment replenishes dry, coarse and damaged hair so it looks and feels healthy and supple. The formula is infused with Seasilk Age-Control Complex, which works wonders with over-processed hair, while increasing resistance to future damage. $40 at www.sephora.com.
FORTIFY & CLEANSE
When your hair begins thinning, try Phyto’s Phytodensium Anti-Aging Shampoo to increase hair density and strength. This luxurious mix invigorates and fortifies tresses back to youthful elasticity and fullness. Powered by antioxidants to fight free-radicals, this patented botanical formula produces fuller, stronger, softer and shinier hair within a few weeks. $24 at www.drugstore.com.
If you’ve been coloring your hair for years like I have, try Okara Restructuring Mask from Rene Furterer. This Protective Radiance Mask preserves your hair color and works to reinforce color protection. Vitamin B5 maintains hair hydration while Okara protein provides deep down keratin repair. Leaves hair detangled and silky. $28 at www.sephora.com.
The scalp as well as the hair can feel the passing of time. That’s where the Kerastase Age Premium Essential Duo shampoo and masque comes in. Its technology nourishes, strengthens and protects mature scalps by addressing the three key characteristics: coarseness, loss of density and dry scalp. $79 at www.kerastase-usa.com.
TRY THE TROPICS
Dry and brittle hair will come to life with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner. The coconut fatty acid cream base is infused with organic aloe vera, shea butter, wheat germ oil, jojoba oil and rose hip seed oil, plus vitamins A, C and E. Pair this up with the brand’s shampoo for a double dose of wonderful. $10.93 at www.Aubrey-organics.com.
Treat yourself to Leonor Greyl Huile De Palme – direct from Paris. This pre-shampoo treatment formulated with botanical oils received rave reviews from women who’ve tried it. Designed for dry hair, the beautifying oil detangles and softens even the most brittle locks and protects them from sun and water damage. It’s the perfect blend to restore damaged hair and maintain color. $40 at www.cosmeu.com.
Garnier Fructis is a Project Runway favorite and now you can treat yourself for only pennies. The Triple Nutrition Fortifying Shampoo is specifically formulated for over-dried and damaged hair. It contains olive, avocado and shea oils to leave hair silky and manageable. The triple nutrition works from the inner core of the hair shaft right to the outside. Under $5 nationwide.
TURN BACK TIME
Rejuvenate hair with I.C.O.N. Fully Anti-Aging Shampoo. Added proteins work miracles with those pesky hairs, taming them into submission! Each bottle is packed with powerful antioxidants to protect hair and give it a youthful, more relaxed look and feel. The best price we found is $14 at www.drugstore.com.
PLUMP IT UP
Fekkai’s Ageless All Day Hair Plump is a daytime leave-in treatment that plumps and restexturizes your locks to reveal healthy, thick, silky smooth hair. Unleash your hair’s potent5ial with this light crème that fills and plumps up damaged and roughed up hair cuticles. $95 at www.fekkai.com.
Forget hair sprays that leave your hair stiff as a helmet. Use Moroccan Oil Luminous Hair Spray for a non-sticky weightless hold. This fragrant spritz is made with argan oil for a strong yet flexible hold that’s soft to the touch. It doesn’t leave hair sticky and lacquered. This humidity-resistant hairspray gives tresses a luminous shine. $17.53 at www.Blushbeautystore.com.
PRETTY IN PEONY
Klorane Soothing Shampoo with Peony uses peony extract to make irritated and itchy scalps tingle with excitement. It’s ideal for those who suffer from unsightly dandruff. This delightful shampoo cleanses, softens and volumizes while the fragrant scent makes a pleasant change from nasty-smelling medicated shampoos. $18 at www.haircare.apothica.com.
Healing Volume Zero Weight Gel from the L’Anza line of hair care products is a weightless alcohol-free volume gel with super hold and styling versatility. It transforms thinning locks into full, voluminous hair with added texture and body. Infused with keratin amino acids, comfrey root extract, rosemary leaf extract and nettle, it soothes each strand while building body, conditioning and moisturizing. How can you beat that? $15 at www.haircarechoices.com.
J Beverly Hills Rescue Anti-Aging Shampoo rescues hair fiber by utilizing silk and wheat amino acids to help rebuild, strengthen and bring out a natural shine. Prevent aging of color and hair fiber with the one-two punch of the Anti-Aging Shampoo and Rescue Conditioner. Each $13.95 at www.brightonbeautysupply.com.