You religiously use eye cream, cover up unsightly brown spots, and apply sunscreen—yet people still often misjudge you for being five (or more!) years older. What gives?
No matter what your skin looks like, your hair may be adding years to your appearance. “Over time, our hair follicles shrink, producing a thinner, more brittle and unruly strand,” says Kevin Mancuso, Nexxus creative director, who developed its Youth Renewal line to help combat the following eight signs of aging hair. Battle them yourself with these expert tips and products, and bring back your youthful looks.
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According to Nexxus research, you’re born with 1,110 hair follicles per square centimeter on your scalp. But by the time you’re 25, this number drops to 600, then between the ages of 30 to 50, it dips again to just 250 to 300. Combine this decreasing density with narrower strands, and you’ve got limp locks.
Anti-ager: Give lifeless hair instant oomph with a thickening mousse that contains styling polymers (check the label for “polymer technology” or ingredients ending with –polymer), such as Nioxin Volumizing Reflectives Bodying Foam ($16; nioxin.com for salon retailers). These large molecules wrap around each individual hair, plumping up its diameter. To ensure that you’re coating the entire strand and not just hitting your roots, squirt is out in a straight line across your palm, Mancuso says. “Then use that hand to press the mousse into the hair and glide it down the hair shaft.”
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