9 Anti-Aging Tips for Shiny, Healthy, Younger-Looking Hair

by Martha Adams

Be Smart About Your Diet

"Healthy hair not only relies on how you physically treat it on the outside, but it's what you put into your body that matters more. Since your hair is made of 90 percent protein, it's important to have a well-balanced diet full of fruits, veggies and proteins to aid healthy hair growth," says UK celebrity hairstylist Mark Hill.

Turn Down the Heat

"Take advantage of the warmer weather and try air drying your hair instead of using blowdryers that can fry your strands. Natural texture is totally on trend and sleeping in two loose braids creates a 'styled' look the next day without relying on hot tools," says TRESemmé hairstylist Jeanie Syfu.

And We *Really* Mean Turn Down the Heat

"A cold water rinse leave the hair glossy and shiny by helping seal down the hair shaft so each strand is super smooth," says celebrity hairstylist Wendy Iles.

Don't Follow Marcia Brady's Lead

It turns out Brady's 100-brush-strokes mantra was a little overzealous: "If you have tangled hair, a few gentle strokes with a natural bristle or no-snag hair brush is all it takes," says Hill. "Always brush in the same direction and avoid brushing wet hair to prevent split ends."

Choose the Right Vitamins

"Vitamin C (found in foods like oranges, broccoli and bell peppers) helps boost collagen while vitamin E (tofu, spinach and nuts) stimulates circulation and hydrates hair follicles from the root," says Syfu.

Throw on a Hat When Your Outside

"You put sunscreen on your body to protect your skin, but often times the scalp is overlooked. Sunburn not only gives you an itchy, flaky scalp, but also damages the hair follicle in the process," says celebrity hairstylist Michael Duenas.

Give Yourself a Massage

"Using a scalp massager—or simply your fingers—helps stimulate the hair follicles and distributes the natural oils in your hair that make it look glossy and youthful," says Syfu.

Skip the Shower

"Don't wash your hair every day. Since water has a higher pH balance than your hair, it lifts the cuticle and removes some of the natural oils that make it healthy," says Cutler stylist Micki Charles.

Stay Hydrated—Especially in Summer

"It's the oldest trick in the book, and truly the top trick to getting your hair to look its best. When you don't drink enough water, your hair and skin dry out, which can also slow down the process of new hair growth," says Syfu.

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