Step two in your head-to-toe makover.
You don’t have to be over 50 to have damaged, prematurely aged tresses. “I’ve seen girls in their 20s with hair that looks 30 years older,” says Michael Shaun Corby, global creative director of Alterna Professional Haircare. “Hair ages from environmental damage and mechanical reasons, which break down the hair fiber, fade your color, and cause strands to feel dry and brittle.” So unless you plan to sport a pixie or embrace a hot tool — free lifestyle (no chance), it’s time to incorporate antiaging hair care into your routine. Best results will be seen with a multifaceted repair plan.
Start in the Shower
Don’t use just any old shampoo and conditioner — look for ones that also repair split ends, enhance shine, and tame unruly hair. We like Pantene Pro-V Age Defy Shampoo and Conditioner ($7.99 each) and Clairol Professional Repair Shampoo and Conditioner ($12 each). And while applying conditioner daily can work wonders for hydrating damaged tresses, shampooing no more than three times a week helps your scalp replenish its natural oils.
Invest in a Hair Mask
A good hair mask is like conditioner on steroids — it can transform your locks after only one use. Post-shampoo, apply it to wet hair for three to five minutes starting at your ears (to avoid weighing down your roots). Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque ($42) features the brand’s signature caviar extract, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and a blend of marine botanicals that bind water to your hair, to maintain hydration for silky strands. L’Oréal Paris Power Moisture Rush Mask ($6.99) uses hyaluronic acid for a similar result — think of it as a tall glass of water for your mane. Apply a mask nightly for the first week, then once a week for continued softness