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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Another thing to blame your hormones for: how your once-silky strands now feel a bit more like a Brillo pad. Hormonal fluctuations that occur with age can lead to a change in hair’s texture, Rhys says, and this is compounded by heat and chemical damage.
Anti-ager: “Keratin protein treatments are like Xanax for your hair,” Rhys says. “They completely smooth out your texture.” In-salon treatments, during which the protein is applied to hair and then sealed in with a flatiron, can cost upwards of $300 with results that last for several months. But Rhys says you’ll also see benefits from using keratin-infused at-home products. Look for one with hydrolyzed keratin or try Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Hydrating Keratin Masque ($8; ulta.com), a smoothing treatment meant to be used once or twice a week.