How your hair changes as you age -- and how to care for it

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Hair is an accessory that always changes. From colouring to extensions to styling, you can instantly make a statement or follow a trend (rainbow hair, anyone?) as fast as it becomes popular on Instagram. As fun as it is to experiment, it is equally important to take care of your hair while you express yourself. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s and beyond, we’ve rounded up must-know tips on how to handle hair transitions - including how to deal with that dreaded first grey hair - from the talented Michael Medeiros, an Intermediate hair stylist at the renowned Fiorio Salon. Michael uses his creative skills and knowledge on clients everyday and has worked on everything from photoshoots for French Connection, to TV shows like Cityline and CP24 to the runway. 

Deal with greys based on your hair type

The inevitable will happen. You will eventually get your first grey hair. While some get it earlier than others due to stress or hereditary genes, Medeiros says it’s all how you deal with it. “Late 20s, early 30s is probably when you’ll find your first greys. Some people freak out over it and some people learn to accept it.” No matter what boat you’re in, his advice is to choose the best option for both your hair type and lifestyle. “As greys come in people tend to blend them, hide them or live with them,” he says. To get inspiration or ideas, borrow from recent trends. “Someone with grey hair may do highlights to blend in the grey while someone in their 20s goes all grey as a trendy style.” 

Transition products as hair changes

Don’t hit a plateau with your hair products – if they’re not working for you, find something that will. He suggests buying products that reflect your current hair situation. “In your 20s, people’s hair tends to be a little bit more hydrated and moisturized and it gets oily quicker - you wouldn’t use a hydrating shampoo or conditioner because it causes hair to get greasier,” he says. “Someone in their 50s [on the other hand] that has a lot of grey, dry and frizzy hair would need a heavier mask that’s going to moisturize their hair.” Main takeaway: focus on your specific hair needs.

Invest in the best

Like with anything else you buy – clothes, shoes or electronics – the cheaper the product, the lower the quality. The same goes with hair products, which the hair stylist says is one thing you shouldn’t cheap out on. “Usually I find the cheaper the product, the worst it can be,” he says. “Products that contain high amounts of alcohol like hairsprays and gels can dry hair out so using that on a regular basis can have a damaging effect.” Some of his go-to brands, which carry a wide-selection of specialty products, include Revlon and the Fiorio brand that offers a range of shampoos, conditioners and styling products.

Healthy diet, healthy hair

If you needed an added incentive to finally start adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, let this be it. Sure, we eat healthy for weight maintenance and clear skin, but hair also thrives on vitamins and nutrients and if you want healthy locks the best place to start is your fridge. “A healthy diet is a huge thing,” points out Medeiros. “They say you should shop around the outside the aisles of the grocery store - all those foods are basically the good ones for hair nails and skin.” Some foods in particular he recommends are those with Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and eggs to add shine and Greek yogurt, which contains vitamin D to help hair thinning. But the real power veggie? Spinach. It has vitamin A and C, is rich in iron, keeps hair moisturized and promotes a healthy scalp.