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You don’t give much thought to your scalp

You don’t give much thought to your scalp
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There’s only so much you can do with hair products. “All of us are more about instant gratification,” says celebrity stylist Nunzio Saviano. “You do all the things you’re supposed to do on the outside, but you’re not taking care of the root of the problem – and the root of the problem is taking care of the scalp and hair follicles.” The older you get, the more you lose the small veins in your scalp, meaning your hair follicles aren’t getting the nutrients they need, he says. One easy way to get the blood flowing – and make your hair lush again – is by giving your hair that classic 100 strokes a day. Sure, it might smooth your hair, but best of all, it stimulates your scalp.

You have the wrong hairbrush

You have the wrong hairbrush
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Those plastic-knobbed brushes might be cheap, but they’re not doing your hair any favours. The plastic can easily snag hair, damaging tresses. Instead, buy a boar bristle brush, which will stimulate the scalp without harming your hair, recommends TV hair stylist Laura Burns. “They kind of glide through the hair and don’t pull it,” she says.

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You wash your hair every day

You wash your hair every day
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The texture of your hair might change as you get older for the same reason that you’ve been noticing your skin is losing its glow: your skin stops secreting as much oil, says dermatologist Dr Tsippora Shainhouse. She recommends cutting back on how often you wash your hair – stick to about two or three times a week – and using a gentler shampoo when you do suds up. A sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner will keep your scalp and hair from drying out too much in the shower, she says.

You’re always pulling your hair back

You’re always pulling your hair back
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A ponytail is a lifesaver on a bad hair day, but making it your daily style could contribute to the thinning that already happens naturally with age. “When a ponytail is really tight, it’s a lot of pressure on the follicle,” says Saviano. “Day after day, the follicle just gives in, and you lose that hair.” Resist pulling your hair back unless you really need to, and during activities like a workout, try to keep the ponytail loose so you aren’t putting so much stress on your roots.

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You rely on dry shampoo

You rely on dry shampoo
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“Dry shampoo is probably one of the worst products you can use because it just clogs the pores,” says Saviano. Using it once or twice a week is fine, he adds, but using it day after day will interfere with healthy oils your hair needs to retain its youthful lustre. For a better anti-aging hair care routine, make sure you’re washing your hair a couple of times a week; shampooing your roots helps stimulate the scalp, says Saviano.

You use heavy, sticky products

You use heavy, sticky products
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Pomades and mousses may have worked wonders when your hair was younger and thicker, but if it’s thinning now, those heavy products are no longer the right choice. “Be gentle: don’t use a product that is too sticky – nothing you put in and then have to really pull to work the brush through your hair,” says Burns. Using products that stiffen your hair is just one of the hairstyle mistakes that age your face – and you should avoid them. Swap out mousse and root boost for lighter products, like a gentle volumiser or a hair tonic, she suggests.

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You load up on product

You load up on product
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It’s not just about what you use; it’s how much. “Less is better,” says Saviano. The more creams, serums, and sprays you layer onto your hair, the heavier and duller it will look – which is just the opposite of what you need from anti-aging hair care. Give your hair bounce and shine by cutting back on the amount of product you use.

You spend a ton of time in the sun

You spend a ton of time in the sun
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You wouldn’t go out in the sun without protecting your skin – right? – so the same should go for your hair. UV damage from the sun can dry out strands and make hair colour fade faster, says Dr Shainhouse. She recommends wearing a wide-brimmed hat to block those harmful rays. “It will keep the sun off of your face, ears, and scalp, which are susceptible to age spots, premature wrinkling, sunburn, and developing skin cancer,” she says.

You don’t give pollution a second thought

You don’t give pollution a second thought
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Sunlight isn’t the only danger to your hair in the great outdoors. Wind and changes in humidity can make your hair frizzy, compelling you to try and tame it with products and heat. And toxins in air pollution can do a number on your tresses. “They produce free radicals reactive oxygen species that damage hair cells and disrupt the normal biochemistry of hair, thus making hair age faster and damage prone,” says cosmetic surgeon Dr Sonam Yadav.

You straighten or curl your hair every day

You straighten or curl your hair every day
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Curling irons and flat irons may give your hair the style you want, but all that heat is very hard on your hair. Your hair already loses moisture and softness as you age; using hot tools makes your tresses even drier and more brittle, says Saviano. “In general, the less you use them, the better it is,” he says.

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