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Healthy Hair Tips for Women Over 50

healthy hair tips for women over 50

As we age our hair loses its color, its shine, its quality and very often it also becomes noticeably thinner. There are lots of things we can do to improve the quality of our hair and here trained nurse, hair loss writer and founder of BOOSTnBLEND Bambi Staveley, offers these healthy hair tips for older women.

1. Look after your scalp

It makes sense that since your hair grows out of your scalp, having a healthy scalp is important for healthy hair, just like good soil for healthy plants. It can be difficult to detect an issue with your scalp health unless you’re experiencing discomfort, so ask your hairdresser about the condition of your scalp (they don’t mind!).

Scalp Saving Tips

  • Know the difference between dry scalp and dandruff and treat accordingly.
  • Give yourself scalp massages to encourage blood flow and exfoliation (especially after adding in your conditioner)
  • Don’t wear your hair in tight hairstyles too often.
  • Keep any visible scalp (including your part line) safe from the sun by applying sunscreen on a cotton bud, wearing a hat, or using chemical free scalp concealers like BOOSTnBLEND.
  • Get regular blood tests so you can be informed should you be deficit in vital vitamins and minerals that can affect hair and scalp health

2. Protect your hair from heat

Heat and hair are not friends. Heat can dry your hair and scalp making it brittle and susceptible to breakage. When the weather is cooler, it’s tempting to have boiling hot showers and keep the hair dryer on a little more than strictly necessary, but try to resist. If you must engage in these winter habits, take extra care to nourish and moisturize your hair and scalp.

Hair & Heat Tips

  • Make sure your showers are not too hot.
  • Use a heat protective spray when using blow dryers, straightens, curling wands etc.
  • Ensure you keep the hair dryer at least 20cm away from your head.
  • Wear a hat in the sun, especially if you have fine or curly hair as these hair types are more susceptible to sun damage.
  • Use a diffuser on your hair dryer so that you don’t aim too much concentrated heat on one area.

3. Condition, condition, condition!

Dry hair is definitely something to avoid at all costs, so make sure you condition adequately.

Conditioning Tips

  • Use a treatment around once a week.
  • Get a treatment at the hairdresser whenever you get something drying done e.g. dyes, perms etc.
  • Towel dry your hair between shampoo and conditioner to aid in the absorption of your conditioner (you don’t put face cream on a wet face for the same reason)
  • Don't be afraid to massage your conditioner into your scalp

4. Minimize the use of chemicals

Over the years we’ve been conditioned to thinking that good quality supermarket shampoos and conditioners can actually be good for our hair. Unfortunately, if you’ve continued with that thinking past your fifties then it’s time to make a change.

Chemical Protection Tips

  • Use chemical free hair products (read more). The chemical list on the average shampoo bottle is nothing short of scary!
  • Use a clarifying shampoo around once a week to eliminate product build up. A good natural alternative is apple cider vinegar.
  • Add a squirt of a good quality nourishing oil to your shampoo or your conditioner. (e.g. Argan oil)
  • Apply a nourishing oil (Argan oil) to damp ends after washing.
  • Rinse pool and sea water out of your hair as soon as possible, they both have a drying effect on hair.

Chemical free products don’t have to cost the earth. When used according to their directions (ie in very small amounts), a bottle of organic shampoo will last much longer than the supermarket alternatives.

5. Be kind to wet hair

Wet hair is vulnerable, it becomes stretchy and as a result, it can break.

Wet Hair Tips

  • Always use a wide tooth comb on wet hair.
  • When adding styling products be sure to comb them through with a wide tooth comb
  • Save your plastic brushes for styling dry hair. If you use a brush and blow dryer together, ensure that you use a good quality soft brush
  • Avoid rubbing wet hair dry. Use a microfiber hair towel wrap that soaks up the moisture and prevents the need to rub hair dry

6. Increase the volume of your hair

It sounds like a crazy statement – just simply make your hair thicker. But, believe it or not, it is absolutely possible. The most recent breakthrough in hair volume technology for women is cotton hair fibers. When applied to dry hair, hair fibers obscure the scalp, which is good for confidence as well as protection from the sun.

Hair Fiber Tips

  • Choose a color closest to your root color and if you can’t decide, choose the darker option
  • Style hair as usual, then shake in a fiber like BOOSTnBLEND
  • Always blend in hair fibers with your fingers to ensure the fibers cling to the individual hair shaft
  • Apply a light hair spray to hold your style in place
  • Always make sure you are using a hair fiber product made from cotton. There are some hair fibers made primarily for men which claim to contain a “keratin protein”, but as we all know, it’s really a chemical concoction made to imitate protein. And worst case scenario, if it does actually contain protein, it will be derived from animals which require a whole host of chemical treatments to become fit for human use.

We don’t have to give in to aging and our hair doesn’t need to look our age. Take on board these simple tips and you can reverse the damage you may already have done, and younger looking hair has an amazing effect on confidence.

If all these tips are a bit overwhelming, try to introduce a new tip each week until they become habits, your hair will thank you!

 

About Bambi Staveley

Bambi suffered hormone related hair loss in her forties. Since then she has devoted her life to helping other women boost the quantity and the quality of their thinning locks. Now age 55, Bambi has become a prolific hair loss writer with her first book about female hair loss published last year. She also manages her female hair loss blog, and has developed a range of hair thickening products available at Boostnblend.com and on Amazon.

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Hair Loss Cure: All a Matter of Cause

Find the cure to hair lossIs there a hair loss cure that would help a woman who is losing her hair?

The short answer is definitely yes, there are things that can be done. For men, the issue is much less treatable, but for women, there are certainly many things we can do if we find our hair is getting thinner - especially with age.

The most common type of hair loss in women is androgenic alopecia. Now before you panic and think that sounds serious, it is in fact a very common type of generally treatable hair loss that many women suffer. There are literally dozens of causes ranging from menopause to low iron and from pregnancy to stress. Here is a list of the top eight causes of hair loss in women.

Read more about the types of hair loss here.

Once you have determined the cause of your hair loss you can start to rectify the problem.

Visit a health care professional to find your hair loss cure

How to prevent hair loss and visit your physicianThe first thing to do is visit your local health care provider and discuss your concerns. But be warned, many male doctors do not see hair loss, and in particular thinning hair that is not leaving bald spots, as the major concern women see it as. So you will have to insist that he does some tests. The main tests you want to ask for is a full blood test. A blood test can show up many issues, some of which are known factors in hair loss, especially in women.

Some of the contributing factors are deficiencies of iron and vitamin B12 as well as a lack of some vital hormones that can also contribute to hair loss. A condition called malabsorption can also play a part in the cause of hair loss. This is because some bowel problems like irritable bowel syndrome cause the lining of the gut to become inflamed and this in turn prevents the lining of the gut from being able to efficiently absorb the nutrients from the food that we are eating.

When these nutrients are prevented from being absorbed, the body gradually uses up its stores, and particularly in the case of iron, once the body starts to use its iron stores, the hair (and often the teeth) are the first to be affected.

So what is the best hair loss cure?

The best hair loss cure for you is to find and treat the cause.

As you are no doubt already aware, good nutrition is a very important factor in general overall health. Overall good health is so often visible on a woman's skin. How often do you see in yourself or someone else, that glowing skin that just exudes good health? In order for hair to grow strong and healthy, it requires healthy hair follicles to be present on healthy scalp skin. If you are concerned that your scalp may be causing the issue, visit a dermatologist who can work on getting to the root of your hair loss problem especially if it is caused by problems with your scalp.

If the cause of hair loss is low vitamins, then naturally the cure is to take supplements to rectify that situation. Do not take it upon yourself to just start taking huge amounts of vitamins without first checking with your health care professional because an over supply of some vitamins can cause other health issues. You can read more about vitamins for hair growth here.

If the cause is stress, the cure will eventually find you when the cause of the stress is rectified. For example, stress in the form of the loss of a loved one, a divorce, huge life changes, work, family issues and any number of life changing situations, can cause hair loss in women. This happens because the human body has millions of tasks it has to perform every day to sustain healthy life. When we are stressed our bodies can react in a number of different ways. For some people, pre-existing conditions like ecsema can flair up and for others the body just shuts down its normal hair growing cycle to concentrate on other more life sustaining functions.

If the cause of your hair loss is menopause, then there are several things you can do. Firstly, do not worry about it and cause yourself a whole lot of stress! Chemical free shampoos and conditioners can improve the quality of your hair, as too can changing a few habits associated with hair washing. Menopause can cause hair to become dry and brittle and treating dry, brittle hair with a few new habits can improve hair quality immeasurably. You can read more about treating hair loss caused by menopause here.

If the cause of your hair loss is the recent birth of your new baby, then fear not! This is normal and will usually right itself in a few months time. You can read more about the cause and treatment of postpartum hair loss here.

If the cause of your hair loss is extreme weight loss then this is also very treatable. The reason extreme weight loss can cause hair loss is due to a number of factors in play at the same time. Extreme weight loss puts a stress on the body and for some women, this stress can result in the body making the choice to focus on more important bodily functions and leave the effort required to manage the normal hair growth cycle off the list - temporarily. In addition sometimes extreme weight loss results in a lack of certain nutrients being consumed and these nutrients can be vital to hair growth. Your weight loss surgeon or health care professional can advise you on the required vitamins to be taking. You can read more about hair loss caused by weight loss here.

7 day pill organizer to help prevent hair lossOnce you have figured out the cause of your hair loss, it can take up to 18 months for you to see the results. So it is important that you stick with the solution. If taking a vitamin every day is difficult for you to remember, buy yourself a 7 day pill organizer and put it where you will see it each morning (like, next to the coffee machine) and be extremely disciplined in your approach to the cure.

Remember any hair loss cure can take a long time as hair growth is based on a long cycle so you won't see the results for some time.

In the meantime, you can make your hair look thicker with a shake in product like BOOSTnBLEND. Many women around the world are using BOOSTnBLEND every day to give the appearance of thicker, more voluminous hair. It comes in a range of hair colors and blends in to provide a seamless addition to thinning hair.

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Can Stress Cause Hair Loss?

can stress cause hair lossYou might think that hair loss being a sign of stress is a bit of an old wives’ tale, like if you swallow chewing gum it will stay in your stomach for seven years, but actually, it’s totally true (about the stress, not the gum). In fact, hair loss in women is one of the common symptoms of stress.

You know that feeling when you’ve just had to pay a big unexpected bill, or you’ve just bought a new house/car/expensive something-or-other and you need to reduce your luxury spending for a little while? Maybe you go to the movies less frequently or stop going altogether for a bit… Well your body feels the same about hair. It’s a bit of a luxury so if there is any strain on resources, it will drop off the priority list. Stress can be one of those drains.

Big life events like the loss of a loved one, a divorce, money problems and work pressure can all cause an amount of stress significant enough to cause hair loss. Your body does zillions of things every day to keep you alive and functioning and when you get stressed, it needs to divert resources from non-essential functions and send them over to your work problem/divorce/whatever has got your worried to make sure you survive your rough time. Like taking that money that you would’ve spent at the movies and paying your rent with it.

Unlike the diversion of movie funds towards your rent, the effects of stress on your hair won’t actually become apparent until around three months after your stressful period due to your hair’s growth cycles. Annoyingly, this means that by the time you’re dealing with hair loss as a result of stress, you’re probably no longer stressed about whether your important presentation will be enough to save you from the next round of retrenchments.

Stress does not cause hair loss in everyone. Nor will it always cause hair loss in those who are susceptible to stress induced hair loss. You may go through a tough budget period and decide you’ll still go to the movies, but you won’t order take away for a while. You may get stressed and get headaches but keep your hair. It’s all a bit unpredictable. The one predictable thing is, however, that stress is no good for your body and making time in your life to keep yourself zen as much as you can is of massive, long-term benefit for both your well-being and your hair.

Further Reading:

Frequently Asked Questions About Stress Hair Loss

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Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery

So your body is thinning out and so is your hair? Hair loss after bariatric surgery is a common occurrence.

If you have recently lost a large amount of weight then the type of hair loss you are probably experiencing is known as Telogen Effluvium – also known as diffuse hair loss. That is, your hair is thinning out all over your head.

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In order to understand the reason for this hair loss you first need to know about the hair growth cycle. Our hair goes through three phases: the growth phase (anagen), the resting phase (catagen) and the falling phase (telogen).

Most of our hair is in the growth phase at any one time and for most of us, the hair growth phase can last up to two years. Then, at the same time, anywhere from about 5-15% of our hair is transitioning into the resting phase. This resting phase can last from one to six months with the average being around 3-4 months. When the hair starts to grow again, the resting hair will fall out. It is normal to lose up to about 100 hairs a day.

This normal cycle happens without you being aware of it – until something interrupts the flow.

When the body is stressed by surgery, illness, changes in diet, hormones and even emotional stress, your body has to make some alterations for survival. Hair growth is one of the casualties. When the body is in a stressful period, it puts a halt on the hair growth phase.

Once more hairs than usual are prevented from growing, they enter into the resting phase where they remain for a few months until they fall out. It is for this reason that hair loss due to stress, illness and surgery often occurs some 3-4 months after the episode that caused it.

There can be a number of reasons that bariatric surgery and rapid weight loss can cause hair loss; it could be the shock on the body of the surgery itself, a lower intake of protein (protein is required for hair growth), nutritional imbalances such as a lack of certain vitamins or possibly just the temporary disruption to your body’s normal physiology.

It is important to NOT suddenly increase your protein intake thinking it will help with your hair growth because this can seriously interrupt your weight loss and equally it is important to make sure you DO take the vitamin supplements that you have been prescribed as these do help to minimize the effect of a smaller diet on your body.

This kind of hair loss following extreme weight loss and in particular bariatric surgery causing extreme weight loss is common in both men and women and across all races.

The good news is that it is very likely that it will come back unless you have another underlying cause such as genetics, a hormonal imbalance or another chronic disease.

In the meantime there are a few things you can do:
•    Try not to worry too much about it, putting your body under more stress
•    Make sure you keep to the dietary instructions you have been given.
•    Take your vitamins as prescribed
•    Get your blood checked for deficiencies in iron, zinc and B vitamins (note: do not put yourself on these without first checking with your physician because an over-supply of these is also dangerous to your health).
•    Consider an instant shake in volumizer such as BOOSTnBLEND. This can reduce your stress levels as your hair will instantly look up to ten times thicker and that worry can be gone.

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Female Celebrities Suffering From Hair Loss

Many seasoned celebs will take a nude scandal in their stride. But there are millions of women out there, celebrity and otherwise, who have nudie bits somewhere else and they are far more embarrassed about it than a nude celebrity in a wash of publicity could ever be.

“We wish they’d stop banging on about it. We see women in the media every day who are sporting another kind of far more embarrassing exposure - nude scalp,” says Bambi Staveley, the brains behind the miracle exposed scalp concealer Boost n Blend.

“The problem is, exposing bare scalp isn’t deliberate. Women don’t want to walk around with their pink scalp beaming at passersby, sporting scalp at weddings and hiding from bright lights.”

 

 

 

 

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“Celebrities are not immune to this new kind of exposure either. With the ever increasing need to grab a headline, celebrity show-offs are doing horrendous things to their precious locks and now so many of them are sporting nudie bits they’d rather not have captured on film.”

Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Naomi Campbell, Serena Williams, Lindsay Lohan, Fergie to name a few. According to celebrity gossip blog Bossip.com, nude celebrity scalp is much more common than you think.

“In addition to willful damage, an unfortunate consequence of aging for every woman is the undeniable truth that hair follicles get narrower and fewer as we age.”

The sisterhood of women who use and recommend Boost n Blend to women know the secret to thicker, fuller hair and the end to visible scalp.

Boost n Blend is being called the miracle that women everywhere had wished for.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a hair product on the market that has had such a huge response and consistent rave reviews,” says Bambi Staveley who is the woman behind this incredible product.

“We are changing lives every day, with 97% of our customers saying that Boost n Blend has increased their confidence.”

Let’s hope these celebrities get their act together and cover up their pink scalp, or better still, stop damaging their hair in the first place.

Is my hair thinning or is this normal?

For some women this will seem like a silly question as the answer is unfortunately so obvious, but for many women who may be wondering if they are in the early stages of hair loss, this is a very important question.

You don’t want to be running off to your local doctor if there really isn’t anything to worry about but more importantly, you DO want to start to get in touch with the finer aspects of your health if in fact there is something to be worried about.

See below for the main differences between ‘normal’ hair loss and what might be the early stages of thinning hair.

‘Normal’ Hair Loss

100 Hairs a Day

According to dermatologist and hair loss expert, Dr Jerry Shapiro, it is normal to lose anything up to 100 hairs a day. As hair goes through a cycle of growth followed by a dormant stage followed by falling out, some hair will be falling out every day. So the first thing to note is that you will notice some hair falling out and it’s perfectly normal for that to happen.

Seasonal Hair Loss

According to hair loss research in the U.K, some women may also experience seasonal hair loss. That is, there is a time of year when more hair falls out than in other times of the year. You could be one of these people and if you can remember back to this time last year, you may recall that you had a slight increase in your hair loss back then too. If so there is probably nothing to be concerned about.

If you suspect that this could be you, it’s a good idea to note down the date when you first notice an increase in your hair falling out, then you may realise in a week or two you’ve forgotten about it, or you may also notice next year when it happens again.

Hair Washing and Brushing

When washing hair it is normal to notice hair fall and this is when some people may become concerned. If you are someone who is trying to wash your hair less often to try to prevent it from falling out, then you may be frustrated.

All day every day there are some strands of hair that have ceased to be attached, but they often don’t appear or fall completely until you brush or wash your hair. The longer you leave it between washes the more hairs there will be in the fall stage and so there may appear to suddenly be more – when in fact, there isn’t.

(So don’t worry, washing your hair is not causing it to fall out!)

Abnormal Hair Loss

Noticeable Increase in Amount of Hair Lost

Are you suddenly clogging the shower drain? If you suddenly notice an increase in the amount of hair loss in the shower, or in your brush and none of the relatively ‘normal’ causes mentioned above apply to you, then there are a few things you can do to determine if this is hair loss or just an unexplained deviation from normal.

Firstly have a close look at the hair to determine if you can see the root of each individual strand of hair. Hair that has no root attached is likely to have broken off and although this is also a form of hair loss, breakage is a relatively simple problem to solve. See our easy ways to combat hair breakage here.

(Note that hair loss due to cancer and other potent drugs may result in hair fall that does not have the root attached)

If you do see roots in your fallen hair and you are sure that the amount of hair loss each day is consistently higher than normal, then it may be worth heading off to your GP to discuss some options. This is most likely to be Telogen Effluvium. There are a number of bloods tests that your GP can order to test for common causes of hair loss in women and they may also refer you to a specialist.

Hair Lost in Patches

If you notice that your hair is thinning only in some areas and not in others, you may be experiencing the early stages of hair loss. Common thinning areas for women are the front of the head, the back of the head (or the crown) and the part line. If you notice a discernible decrease in density in these areas, it may be a good idea to see your GP.

Scalp Discomfort

If you’re losing more hair than usual and your hair loss is accompanied by a sore or itchy scalp, it’s a good idea to see a GP as you may have a skin condition which is causing your hair to fall.

Hair Loss is Accompanied by Other Symptoms

If you feel unwell or not your usual self in any way, see your GP. Common causes of hair loss include vitamin and mineral deficiencies which could leave you feeling run down and lethargic, so you may find that correcting these issues may not only stop your hair loss but make you feel a lot better in general. Hair loss can also be a symptom of illness, especially auto-immune diseases, so the sooner you get to your GP, the sooner you can address any health issues you may have along with your hair loss.

Posted in Hair Loss in Women, Thinning Hair in Women

Hair Loss in Women Can't Be Ignored

We don’t talk about it because a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. When it suddenly starts to fall out, we try to ignore it. Clumps of hair sitting on the shower drain, or building up in a brush or in the corners of the bathroom floor can signal something is wrong.Thinning hair

But most women ignore it.

That is until they realize that they don’t have the lush hair they once had. Menopause and childbirth are just two common causes. The disruption to hormone levels, heredity, various illnesses, a lack of iron and stress can all bring about hair loss in women.

It’s not like balding in men which is often expected and accepted. It is totally different. For women it can be a great shock. And it is more common than you think. In fact more than 50% of women will experience thinning hair at some point in their life.

For many women the visibility of scalp showing through where lush hair once was, brings on feelings of gloom and despondency. Getting our hair done, having a great hair day and dressing to impress are all fading memories as the realization that there’s a problem everyone can see, hits home.

It’s possible to cover up thighs and flabby tummies, but not so easy to cover up thinning hair.

That is, until now. Finally there is a product for women with thinning hair. There have been many products developed by men, for men, but until now there has been nothing for women. BOOSTNBLENDTM is a thinning hair concealer for women.

This is a totally new concept in women’s hair care. For the first time there is an instant fix for women with thinning hair. Great hair days are back and the end to embarrassing gaps has finally arrived.

BOOSTNBLENDTM is made up of tiny hair-like microfibres that cling to each individual hair shaft making each hair look thicker. Thus covering up the scalp. BOOSTNBLENDTM comes in 8 colors to match the majority of women’s hair colors. It simply shakes in, lasts for days and washes out. A very clever product, developed by women for women.

Many women can treat their hair loss with hormones, vitamins and medication. But the great news is, no matter what has caused the hair loss, whether temporary or permanent, BOOSTNBLENDTM can cover up the problem.

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