Looking good is just as important to seniors as it is to all of us. It builds confidence and self-esteem, which have a remarkable impact on one’s health and well-being. This is important to the elderly as it enables them to live independently. Well-kept hair contributes a lot to how one looks. To the elderly this may become a challenge since a lot of changes occur to hair as they age. However, below is a breakdown of key tips that could help improve your hair as a senior.
Tips to achieving independent living through proper hair care
1. Reduce thinning of hair
Most seniors experience thinning of hair and may opt to avoid drawing attention to the fact as the most basic objective. To achieve this, various products could be used. Products that help to increase hair volume could be a great choice. Heavier products should be avoided as they expose the scalp. Men who have thin hair especially on top of their heads should level their hair to expose equal amount of scalp. Keeping a longer hairstyle for both men and women is not advisable as it is difficult to manage.
2. Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet is a good strategy in managing hair for seniors. Eggs, tangerines, almond butter and salmon are required for maintaining healthy hair. Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins B12, C, and iron together promote hair growth and reduce hair loss.
3. Choose the right shampoo
Choosing the right shampoo for your hair is also important as it helps minimize discoloration. As one ages the hair loses pigment making it appear silvery. This makes it easy to see all foreign materials it collects. These include air and water pollutants. Removing these stains requires deep cleansing shampoo made with a blue color that minimizes discoloration.
4. Avoid washing your hair regularly
Skipping a day or two before washing of hair is important as it allows build up of oils. These oils make hair appear thicker than it actually is. They also moisturize the scalp. Other products such as baby powder or baking soda could also be used.
5. Check the water temperature before washing hair
The temperature of the water used to wash the hair should be checked first. This is because the skin of elderly people is much more sensitive to temperature.
Making the right decisions about your hair helps in building your confidence hence improving how you relate with others. Therefore, you should choose a hairstyle that makes you feel comfortable and most importantly one that you can manage easily. This will help you to achieve independent living as a senior.