Maintaining healthy hair as you age can be a challenge. While many women spend years or even decades using store-bought dyes, cheap flat irons, and ignoring their brushes all together, others have the foresight to care for their hair early on. Using high-quality products is essential to keeping your locks looking their loveliest throughout your life. Perhaps you’ve been doing this up to now, or maybe you’re not all that familiar with the world of hair products. If you’re in the latter group, we’ve got just the list for you.
When you’ve already got healthy hair, you might wonder if you really need to put much more effort into your hair care routine. Do I really need that shampoo that’s more expensive than a drugstore brand? Must I really invest in these additional products, like heat protecting sprays and leave-in conditioners? The answer is undoubtedly YES. Because even if you’ve enjoyed shiny, smooth tresses up till now, time can do a number on your mane. Heat damage doesn’t happen overnight. It happens slowly, every time you’re in the sun for a prolonged period of time without shade and each time you use your curling iron or hair dryer. Hair loss can happen in a moment’s notice, thanks to shifting hormones, unexpected life stresses, or simply time (if it’s hereditary). Graying also can’t be helped, and when it does finally begin (if you’ve somehow avoided it till now), it may result in more scraggly looking hair strands. In short, you really need to stay on top of your healthy hair routine.
We’ve gathered a list of healthy hair products here to address every issue imaginable, and to care for a variety of types of hair. We recognize that what works for a woman with healthy, tight curls might not work the same for the woman whose hair has always been fine and prone to being oily. From hair creams to shampoos to masks and leave-in treatments, save this page in your bookmarks so you can reference it whenever you need to purchase new hair products.
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density
Some of us are just genetically predisposed to having fine hair, but it's also completely normal for women to see their hair become thinner with age. If you're looking to add some density to your hair, look no further. The Ordinary has gained a cult following for its beauty products, and for good reason. Not only are all the products highly rated, but they're amazingly affordable. This multi-peptide serum for hair will make your locks feel lusher and fuller without clogging your hair follicles.
Matrix is a popular brand beloved by many salons and stylists. With their Cleanreset Normalizing Shampoo, they’ve created an impressive cleanser that serves two purposes. For one, it will help remove product buildup—a necessary part of a healthy hair care routine—and can be used occasionally for this. However, as some reviews state, it’s also great for daily use by those with oily hair who would prefer not to feel greasy by the end of each day.
With the ever-beneficial argan oil as a main ingredient, this PrX Reparatives Hair Mask by Fekkai is phenomenal for nipping any dryness in the bud. In just one use, many individuals report a noticeable difference in their hair, making it look and feel more moisturized without rendering it oily or unpleasant in any way. The longer you wear it, the more you’ll notice the effects, no matter your age. Oh, and it has a lovely vanilla scent to it as an added bonus.
One key to keeping your hair as healthy as it was in your twenties is protecting it from the sun. This Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream with UV filters is just what you need to make sure your tresses stay hydrated even when you’ve got a full day of hiking, biking, or simply soaking in the rays. It’s also a superb, all-around hair product, minimizing frizz and flyaways without a fuss.
L’Oréal has really upped its game with its EverPure line of sulfate-free hair products. For ladies who simply want to add just a tad more height to their healthy heads of hair, the Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo is an excellent way to go. It’s gentle on your hair (even if it’s color treated), and does a bang-up job at making your ‘do look shiny and full of body. Isn’t that what we all want?
Sometimes you want to add a little something to your already gorgeous tresses, and a solid texturizer is often just the ticket. There are plenty of different ones out there, but women with healthy manes generally opt for products by brands that are bit more trusted and well-respected. Bumble and Bumble certainly fits the bill, and its Texture Hair (Un)Dressing Creme is ideal for giving you that youthful, just-stepped-off-the-beach look—without having to deal with all that sand.
One can have healthy hair in many ways. You might have thick and healthy hair, or your hair might be a bit more fine. And the older you get, the finer your hair might become. Luckily, you can pick up a bottle of Color Wow Coconut Cocktail Bionic Tonic—a leave-in supplement to essentially fatten up each strand of hair. Work it in after a good shampoo and condition, then dry as desired and you’ll see just how much thicker your hair appears. It’s not like a regular volumizer where it’s all at the roots, but rather a fab thickener for the entire mop.
If your hair has maintained its health for a long while, there’s a good chance you aren’t big on dry shampoo. While good in a pinch, dry shampoos aren’t something you want to use too often. That said, we all experience emergencies and other circumstances that might hinder us from washing our hair as often as we’d like. Cue the OGX Biotin & Collagen Dry Shampoo, one formulated with hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed collagen (which, we all begin to lose after a certain age), and biotin (an essential vitamin for healthy hair). Just make sure to use it responsibly (as in, not daily).
For those whose healthy hair as been color treated over the years, this hydrating shampoo by Pureology is the cat’s pajamas. Totally vegan and sulfate-free, just a little of this gentle hair cleanser goes a long way to keeping it clean, soft, and manageable. It’s a trusted brand used by many professional hair dressers, and fortunately you don’t have to make an appointment to use it.
Making sure your main is well maintained often involves a number of hair products, including ones that will be sure to keep your tresses protected against the sun and heat. The next time you go to pick up that hair dryer or flat iron, maybe sure to dab some DryBar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant throughout your locks. Not only will this keep heat and sun damage from ruining your beautiful ‘do, it will also restore moisture if your hair is feeling particularly frizzy and frazzled.
It’s not pretty, but many of us have at one time or other experienced the burden of dandruff. When this happens, it’s important to eliminate it and restore your hair to its top health. Choose Sachajuan Scalp Treatment to be your go-to hair product for dry scalp and dandruff issues to ensure your hair can be as healthy as it can be. Equipped with climbazole and piroctone olamine (two ingredients that will eliminate dandruff), this treatment also includes rosemary oil, ginger, and menthol to help soothe the scalp.
Okay, you may have gotten away with years of using any old hair product and somehow managed to keep it healthy enough. But have you ever wondered how it could look and feel even better? This is why you turn to Olaplex, a professional salon brand whose products will make you feel like you’re on the red carpet. This trial kit, which includes Olaplex's Bond Maintenance Shampoo, Bond Maintenance Conditioner, and Bond Smoother, will give you a great intro to hair repair.
If you’re in search of a leave-in conditioner that still gives your ‘do plenty of body without the yucky build-up or weighed down feeling, this is it. Healthy Sexy Hair Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner is a great hair product to use for those days when you’ve got to run out the door. It keeps frizz down, knots non-existent, even on those windy days. Just make sure to go easy on it because, like most leave-ins, there can be too much of a good thing.
Women who only use top-notch hair products all swear by the magic inside practically all Bumble and Bumble hair products. And with this Invisible Oil Primer, Bumble and Bumble has done it yet again. Created with all hair types in mind, and fortified with UVA and UVB protection, it’s like having a best friend for your tresses. Smooth just a little bit of it through your locks prior to styling and you’ll love the difference.
We’ve recommended Rita Hazan products before because you really can’t argue with a woman whose made people like Beyonce look like, well, Beyonce. This time, we’re suggesting you invest in her Triple Threat Repair Anti-Breakage Serum. Get rid of split ends while you wait for your next haircut and smile at the fact that this also protects against UV rays and heat from your irons. A true win.
Glaze normally sounds like something you use for a donut or a ham, but hear us out. John Frieda has created an amazing hair product unlike any other that’s kind of like a deep conditioning treatment but can be used daily. Use your shampoo and conditioner and then smooth this in your tresses from root to tip, rinsing out after a few minutes to get the full benefits (like smoother, shinier, and more vibrant-colored hair) locked in.
This game-changing Styling Treatment by Living Proof boasts that it can give you five major benefits—smoothness, conditioning, strength, volume, and polish—with one single product. And guess what? It delivers in spades. Use it occasionally for instantly healthier looking hair, or become a daily user and see how it slowly improves your hair from end to end. We can’t get enough of it!
Who doesn’t love a hair product that promises healthy hair instantly? Made with 95% hydrolyzed silk protein and little else, 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair gives your hair exactly what it needs to grow strong and healthy. Excellent for detangling tresses, strengthening delicate hair, smoothing out frizz, sealing hair color in, smoothing and softening, and even protecting from heat and sun, it’s practically a miracle product.
Recommended by dermatologists around the country, Viviscal isn’t the type of product you put on your hair but rather one you ingest. This carefully formulated hair supplement made with AminoMar marine complex and featuring a number of other vitamins and nutrients like apple extract and biotin help to grow hair and make it healthier over the long term. Some folks prefer the standard box, but we’ve tried the professional strength supplements and they really do make a difference.
A healthy hair care routine involves a number of products for simply making sure you hair is cared for. But you’ll also need hair products that are high-quality for styling purposes. This Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse is a stellar example of a styling product that will keep your locks strong and healthy while allowing you to play and experiment with your ‘do. Add a little bounce to your mini-bouffant or go full on beehive with this top-tier mousse. And don’t feel guilty because this particular product even helps protect against heat and aids in repairing any less-than-ideal strands.
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