Recently, we offered some tips to stay ahead of hair loss with strategic cuts, styling tricks and color. Member T offered her solution for how she keeps her hair looking great.
“I keep my short, silver hair in sort of a Joey Heatherton/Jamie Leigh Curtis ‘do,” T said. “I get a little more lift by hanging my head down between my knees when I blow it dry.”
There are many opinions on how best to blow dry fine, thin hair — and of course it depends largely on your style particular hair issues. However, in Vibrant Nation’s guide to Great Hair after 50, NYC hair pro Gad Cohen recommends a method to a “faster, safer blow-dry”:
“Don’t blowdry sopping wet hair section by section. Wet hair is fragile and breakage-prone. Instead pre-dry hair using fingers only to move hair around. When your hair is 80% dry, use a round brush to smooth each section. The exception is the bang section. If you have curly hair blow dry them from wet to totally dry first.”
It’s also important to use the right kind of towel to dry your hair to help keep away the frizz and protect the cuticle.
“Use a water-absorbing microfiber towel to avoid roughing up the cuticle,” he recommends. “When you rub wet hair with a normal towel, that’s exactly what you’re doing. This one change makes blow-outs for curly, frizzy, or long hair easier and is a more gentle solution for women experiencing hair loss or thinning hair.”
If you’re someone who blow drys her hair every day, you may consider either easing up on the heat and letting it air dry as often as possible, or adding a heat protector spray to your hair care regemin.
“A barrier mist is essential for anyone who uses a blow-dryer and flat iron daily, especially if you have color-treated hair,” explains Hair Guide author Lois Joy Johnson. “Apply it as a final step over de-frizzing or volume-building products.”
She recommends Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Style Heat Protection and Shine Spray, a heat-styling guard and glosser that’s “ultra-light but safe for double-processed hair.”
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