8 Must-Haves for Aging Hair

Defend and mend your 'do through the decades with these strand savers 

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Black Is the New Black

Sonia Kashuk Couture Shower Cap ($5; target.com


Extend the life of a good blowout by sporting this sleek cap while you shower. This plush, oversized shower cap is expansive enough to provide protection for even the longest or thickest hair.


Strand Strengthener

Nioxin Diamax Thickening Xtra-fusion Treatment ($50; nioxin.com)


For sparse strands and breakage (especially near the hairline), this treatment helps treat and thicken hair at the root. Squirt it on broken spots every night to enocurage hair growth. 


Overnight Oil

Phyto Subtil Elixir Intense Nutrition Shine Oil ($38; sephora.com)


Just like your skin, your hair becomes drier and more brittle as you age. Lock in moisture by massaging in this softening oil treatment before bed. For maximum impact, leave it on overnight and shampoo in the AM. 


Dream Texture

 Kevin Murphy Hair Resort [$25; kevinmurphy.com.au]


Stiff styles are aging. For hair that moves, most hair lengths can get away with spritzing a salt spray throughout damp strands. This one creates the perfect tousled, carefree look that radiates youth. 

Kevin Murphy

Heat-Free Body

Diane Self-Grip Rollers ($3 for four; prohairkit.com)


Give irons a rest: Velcro rollers create bounce and body sans damage. Mist hairspray onto dry hair, roll it up in four sections, then spritz again. Remove the rollers after 20 minutes and finger-fluff your hair. 

Pro Hait Kit

Do-It-All Serum

Nexxus Youth Renewal Elixir ($18; drugstore.com)


Lackluster tresses are no match for this multitasking serum, which addresses everything from vibrancy to breakage. Apply after every shampoo to see supple, younger-looking strands in seven days. 


Stretch Hero

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo Treatment ($48; philipkingsley.com


Another telltale sign of aging? Hair loses elasticity, or its ability to stretch without breaking. Originally created for Audrey Hepburn, this deep-conditioning treatment works before you shampoo to weightlessly repair cuticles and restore bounce. 

Philip Kingsley

Distance Styler

Living Proof Prime Style Extender ($20; sephora.com)


To keep styling damage at bay, turn a good hair day into several. This lightweight primer goes on before you blow-dry to protect your hair from heat and to repel oil and dirt, allowing your style to last . . . and last. 



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