As we grow older and our body changes, so too does our hair. So what can we do to keep our locks healthy and beautiful for years to come?
Lorraine's hairdresser and stylist to the stars Paul Haskell shares his secrets and advice for keeping your hair in tip top condition throughout your life!
Hair is supposedly at its healthiest in your 20s so what can we do to preserve those luscious locks for years to come?
Get a haircut every six to eight weeks for shorter hair to stop it from growing out of shape and every three months for longer tresses
Protect hair against the damaging effects of heat and styling. There's no reason to break up with your best friend - that is a set of straighteners, a blow dryer or curling tongs for that matter, just make sure you set them to a lower temperature if you're using them daily. and use a heat protective spray. Condition your hair post-styling for that extra layer of protection!
Treat your hair to a hair mask at least once every two months. A mask will penetrate deep into the core of each strand to alleviate signs of dryness or damage
Keep coloured hair nourished and looking healthy by using a shampoo or conditioner specifically designed for colour-treated hair.
Diet has a big part to play in the condition and health of your hair. Poor diet can starve hair of the nourishment so important for growth.
Women in their thirties may experience one of the biggest hormonal changes - pregnancy. As well as obvious changes to the body, expectant mums may also notice an impact on their tresses.
Hair may feel thicker, bouncier and shinier during pregnancy, however, it may feel thin and lank in the post-partum stage. Some women may notice an increase in hair fall, split and dry ends and even frizz, so what can women do to minimise the effects and restore hair to its natural condition?
Avoid colouring the hair with bleach during pregnancy. The scalp is particularly sensitive during this time, and colourants may irritate it.
Give lifeless hair an instant lift with regular trims to avoid frayed and dry ends
Embrace your inner nan; boost body by adding sleep in rollers or pin curls to the hair overnight. A root lift spray or mousse will work wonders on lacklustre hair
Diet has a huge impact on the health of your hair, so make sure you’re getting the right level of minerals and nutrients needed for growth, before and after pregnancy
40s and 50s
Middle-aged women are often faced with increased greying and the impact of menopause.
In this segment, Paul Haskell demonstrates how to manage changes to the hair. There's a lucky few who will breeze through menopause with not a hair out of place, but many will experience side effects, including a reduction in thickness, limpness, a lack of body and vibrancy, dullness and dryness. Hot flushes are a common symptom and can also result in limp and lifeless hair.
Keep your hair natural or consider dying it a shade lighter than your natural colour; as you get older your skin tone becomes lighter so going dark can have the reverse effect and add years!
Opt for a demi permanent colour as this will reduce fade and keep regrowth to a minimum
Don't overuse home colour kits; too many treatments can often result in over-coloured and coarse looking hair. Paul advises treating the roots no more than every six to eight weeks. You needn't colour the ends unless it's absolutely necessary.
Framing your face with a variety of colours and layers can soften the face and knock years off, but it's important to think about the upkeep and expense of maintaining the style and tone you choose. Salon visits can be expensive and time consuming; can your bank balance and lifestyle cope?
Choosing the right haircut is crucial - long hair can often elongate the face and look limp, particularly if your hair is thin.
A short, layered hairstyle will add volume, body and movement, giving your face a natural and refreshing lift. A shorter haircut will also help you to manage those flushes more comfortably.
Invest in a handbag-size dry shampoo; They come in handy for an extra hit of volume and will also eliminate grease as a result of those irritating and uncomfortable hot sweats.
As we age, so too does our hair.
Women 60 and above may experience a change in hair texture, including increased coarseness and dryness. Ageing hair can also become finer, flatter, and more prone to breakage, so how do we bring back radiance and vitality to a mature mane?
Choose the right hairstyle; blunt and harsh cuts can be ageing. Whether your hair is short or long, opt for a soft finish to frame the face. Shorter styles will lift the face and help to bring back fullness.
As we age and the hair becomes weaker, it also becomes a lot more prone to breakage. Getting regular trims is important to eradicate frayed and dry ends to keep it looking full and healthy
We start to lose pigment in not only our hair but our skin as we grow older, resulting in a lighter complexion. If you're thinking about swapping your hair colour, perhaps opt for a lighter tone as darker shades can be harsh on the face and ageing.
People often believe that colour can dry out hair, but a professional colourant can in fact condition the hair and increase silkiness
Strengthen brittle and dry hair against breakage by using moisturising shampoos and conditioners - keep your eyes peeled for labels on the packaging
As hair ages it too becomes thinner and can start to look flat. Use volumising products such as mousse and hair volumising spray to add oomph and fullness