First post of 2013! I hope everyone had a fun, and safe New Year’s Eve.
I found a great article that I wanted to share with you.
It’s a topic that comes up a lot in my chair with my clients. Everyone wants shinier, thicker hair, right? This article focuses on achieving shine and fuller, thicker hair for aging hair. I’ll give you my two cents.
I’ve had to delve into some of my client’s whole hair routine to find out why they never feel like their hair looks shiny. Most of my clients color their hair. If you are more than 50% gray and happen to be 40+ years, your hair is unpigmented and changing. The hair may become coarse and dryer than you ever remember. The latter is the segment of my clients that strive for shine.
The article says to look for products with phenyl trimethicone and dimethicone, which will give you shine. I also like a product that has those key ingredients but is also geared specifically toward color preservation without weighing hair down or making it feel greasy. I would recommend Fluide Chroma Riche by Kerastase. This fluid is lightweight, has a UV filter to protect color, has a softening effect (which is great for unpigmented/coarse hair) and gives hair a reflective quality.
The second part of the article covers thicker hair. Specifically thinning hair. Not everyone with mature hair (40+ and/or unpigmented) has thinning hair, but usually will experience a change in their hair. Usually there’s a loss of vitality or the scalp becoming dryer. A great product to combat these symptoms is Bain Substantif by Kerastase. This formula has hyaluronic acid to rebalance the scalp and is infused with collagen to plump the hair strands.
When it comes to thinning hair I’ve heard a lot about the enzyme 5 alpha reductase mentioned in the article. This enzyme creates DHT, which has a thinning effect on hair. Taurine, D-Biotine, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract and the supplement saw palmetto berries can cleanse the scalp of DHT. These things will put the brakes on hair loss, however the only thing found to successfully regrow hair is Minoxidil.
So shake up your hair regimen.