When you think of the visible signs of aging, don’t you focus on your face? You try to prevent wrinkles, sunspots, and thinning skin. But your face isn’t the only thing that shows signs of age — your hair does too!

In fact, it’s hard to not notice when your shiny, bouncy, once youthful hair is gradually replaced by thin, graying, brittle, or dry hair. And after a while, you may even experience hair loss.

But never fear… luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to keep hair looking young.

So if you want to restore a little vibrancy to your locks, check out these “youthful hair” tricks:

1. Try Highlights

Do you remember finding your first gray hair? It’s a rite of passage that inspires a certain amount of dread… and chances are, it probably had you on the phone with your stylist in 5 minutes flat.

Youthful Hair | JuveTressHair color can effectively mask your grays — but an all-over, single-hue dye job can be a dead giveaway that you color your hair.

Instead, subtle highlights are a great alternative — they mimic the variation and dimension of natural, uncolored, more youthful hair. They also camouflage gray hairs as they grow in, so they’re less obvious. This saves you a lot of time and money spent at the salon trying to get a root touch-up every few weeks.

2. Use Great Products To Your Advantage

Now, hair care products can do a lot to give your aging hair a boost, but overusing them or using too many can backfire. Something to keep in mind here is that youthful hair needs movement — not stiffness. When you overuse certain styling products, you can sometimes end up with the infamous “helmet head” or crunchy locks. (Nobody wants that!)

So next time, try swapping out your extra-hold hairspray for a lighter formula, and position the bottle at least 8-10 inches your hair when spraying. If you have curls, try to avoid sticky gels, and opt instead for a lightweight cream to tame your hair.

Two products to keep in regular rotation? A volumizer and a deep conditioner.

Hair tends to thin significantly with age, and a good volumizer will do a lot to restore some of your hair’s body. Since dry hair becomes more prominent with age, it’s important to inject your tresses with a deep-conditioning treatment to maintain moisture.

3. Dry With Care

Because your hair can become more fragile as it ages, it’s important not to treat it too roughly… especially when you’re drying it after the shower.

If you can avoid brushing your hair right out of the shower, that can help. Instead, detangle with a wide-tooth comb while you still have conditioner in your hair. And don’t rub hair dry with a towel — this friction can cause frizz and breakage.

Now, if you do decide to heat-style, be sure to use a heat-protectant spray all over your hair before you get started. This will do a lot to combat the dull, drying effect that heat-styling can have on your locks.

Also, hold your blow dryer around 8-10 inches from your head and move it continuously. Studies have shown that this simple movement can significantly reduce the risk of heat damage.1 (Plus, it will give your arms a good workout!)

It’s also great to invest in an ionic dryer. These dryers break down water molecules, which cuts down the amount of time it takes to dry your hair. And you know what less time under that dryer means? Less damage!

4. Choose a Flattering Cut

A good haircut can do a lot to play up your tresses and offset any signs of aging. And while long hair may show signs of aging more obviously than shorter hair, you don’t necessarily have to chop your hair just because you’re a certain age.

To choose a haircut that flatters you, take a look at the wrinkles on your face. If they tend to spread out horizontally — like crow’s feet — long hair can actually balance out your look by giving the illusion of “shorter” crow’s feet.

If, on the other hand, your wrinkles tend to be more vertical (think the “11’s” between the eyebrows) or if your eyelids are getting heavy, then try a shorter haircut. This will draw out the eye and give your face a “lifted” look.

Youthful Hair | JuveTress5. Protect Your Hair From Sun Damage

You probably know to apply sunscreen before heading out for the day, but your hair needs some protection as well. Damage from UV rays can actually weaken hair protein, which can lead to breakage and brittleness. UV damage can also degrade the melanin in your hair, making your hair color look dull and faded.2

So, in order to keep the sun from zapping the moisture, protein, and color from your locks, be sure to give your hair adequate sun protection. Some styling products now contain sunscreen which will absorb the UV rays before they have a chance to damage your hair. But it’s also a safe bet to protect your hair the old-fashioned way… with a stylish hat!

6. Keep Your Hair In Your Head

Shower drain clogged with strands of hair? It’s a surprisingly common occurrence — especially for women. In fact, an estimated 50 million men and 30 million women experience age-associated hair loss.3

The good news? There are things you can do to slow down and reverse unnecessary hair fall including:

The Trick to Rejuvenated Hair

So, if you feel like your hair is giving away your age… don’t let it! With these six tricks, you can keep your hair shiny, strong, and full. Hip-hip-hooray for youthful hair!

For more hair care tips, keep reading here:
Why is My Hair Turning Gray? (and what to do about it)
Natural DIY Shampoo Recipes (and conditioner recipes, too!)
Losing Hair? 6 Lifestyle Changes You Need to Make Right Now

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3229938
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19138021
3. https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/androgenetic-alopecia
4. http://www.americanhairloss.org/types_of_hair_loss/infectious_agents.asp
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1868107
6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2929555