Long Hair for Older Women: Hair Care and Styling Tips for Your Locks

Alyssa François | 16 February 2017
hair tips for long hair for older women

You deserve to wear long hair, too.

Many older women are choosing not to chop off their long locks as they age. There’s actually no hard rule that says if you’re over 50 you must get a short chop. Long hair is for any and everyone that loves the look no matter what age you might be, but to maintain the look, you have to know how to care for and style it, especially when dealing with aging hair a.k.a hair that’s more prone to breakage and thinning out. Read on to discover some quick tips for caring for and styling long hair for older women.

Caring for and Styling Long Hair for Older Women

older woman with long salt and pepper hair
Employ volumizing hair products to keep your hair from looking flat. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Use volumizing products to lift hair.

Many older women experience thinning hair as they age. To keep your long hair from looking flat, consider using products that will add body to your hair like TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Hair Care system or Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.

older woman with long thick hair
Keep your greys vibrant with the help of a purple shampoo and opt for air-drying to prevent heat damage. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Care for your gray hair.

If you’re a woman that chooses not to cover her grays (we salute you!), be sure to employ products that will help maintain the vibrancy of your hair. Use a purple shampoo (we like Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo) to prevent your grays from turning into a brassy yellow hue and consider using a shine hair spray, like Dove Style + Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairsprayto keep your hair color from looking dull and dry.

3. Heat styling long hair for older women.

Having long gorgeous and healthy looking locks as you age is truly a blessing. To maintain the overall health of your hair, be sure to employ heat styling habits that won’t damage your hair causing breakage and frizz in the long run. After washing hair, consider air-drying instead of blowdrying. If you must blow-dry your hair, use a heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, then blow-dry on a warm to cool setting. When flat ironing, try to only flat iron hair at least once a week.

older woman wearing hair up
Give your hair a break by gathering your long hair up into a loose updo style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Wear protective styles.

Tie your hair up on occasion to give your hair a break from the damaging effects of styling whether you use heat, or simply brushing or combing too much on a daily basis. When wearing updo styles, opt for loose buns or ponytails to prevent pulling and tension on the hair.

Looking for more hair ideas? Here are some trendsetting hairstyles for older women to get inspired by.

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