15 Anti-Aging Hair Products to Add to Your Beauty Routine
We’re no strangers to the anti-aging rat race. Yes, we’re using retinol. No, we don’t dare walk into the sun without SPF. Absolutely, we forget to do both of those things sometimes. On average, Southern women are pretty good about getting ahead of time with an anti-aging skincare routine. Well, we recently heard about yet another beauty phenomena: anti-aging hair care. If you’re asking, “I’m supposed to be doing that, too?!” Same, girl.
Turns out, there’s a whole brood of hair care products made specially for aging hair. As we get older, our hair can become dry and dull; not to mention, it starts thinning and becomes more susceptible to sun or heat damage. Let’s face it: After a lifetime of hair coloring and styling, it’s plumb worn out. We would be, too.
We’ve rounded up a set of anti-aging hair products that do big things like promote hair growth and volume (thinning hair = flat hair), prevent breakage and heat damage, restore moisture and vibrance (thank you, Olaplex), protect from sun damage, and just generally help you get through the day (hello, dry shampoo).
Switch one—or more!—of these anti-aging hair care products into your beauty routine, and you’re heading in the right direction. To the fountain of youth, we hope?
Root Treatment: Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Anti-Aging Clinical Densifying Leave-In Root Treatment
This leave-in treatment works to stimulate your scalp and give your hair the thickness and density it tends to lose as we get older. The result: Fuller, stronger hair.
BUY IT: $38; sephora.com
Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner: Keranique Volumizing Scalp Stimulating Shampoo & Conditioner
If you're noticing that your hair appears thinner or lacks fullness—or if you've always dealt with super fine hair that wants more volume—meet your match. This volumizing shampoo is meant to stimulate your scalp in order to rejuvenate and nourish your hair follicles, which helps kickstart hair growth and density. It's basically like hitting the refresh button on thinning, flat hair.
BUY IT: $20; ulta.com
Repair Treatment: Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3
You might recognize this cult-favorite product. It's practically considered the holy grail of hair repair, targeting over-processed hair like there's no tomorrow. Use once a week; twice, if really desperate. (We've all been there.)
BUY IT: $28; sephora.com
Sun Protection: COOLA Organic Scalp & Hair Mist SPF 30
That's right, ladies: SPF isn't just for your face! This hair mist is packed with good-for-you antioxidants and hydrating ingredients that work to provide sun protection, lock in hair color, and strengthen damaged or dull hair.
BUY IT: $26; sephora.com
Deep Conditioner: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
This is your secret weapon against dry hair and hair damage (such as breakage and over-processing). Use it just once a week, and see the reparative results at work.
BUY IT: $36; sephora.com
Heat Protectant: TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
This drugstore heat protectant is a bit of an insider's secret in the beauty world. It's cheap, but really works...which is sometimes hard to come by. Use it before any type of heat styling to ensure your locks don't lose any more moisture than needed.
BUY IT: $5.50; ulta.com
Anti-Breakage Accessories: Slip Silk Pillowcase & Scrunchies
This tip is two-fold: Silk pillowcases help prevent breakage and wrinkles. When you're tossing and turning on a cotton pillowcase, the added friction can cause creases in the skin and breakage along your hair shaft. If you already know that you have breakage-prone hair, silky scrunchies will help keep your strands healthy, day and night, when being pulled back.
Scalp Serum: The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density
Honestly, the things they come up with these days! This concentrated scalp serum is made to promote fuller, thicker, and healthier hair by using a trio of active ingredients that 1) target stem cells 2) promote better hair density and 3) increase blood flow to your scalp for healthy hair growth.
BUY IT: $18; sephora.com
Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner: Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner
As far as anti-aging haircare, Alterna Haircare is quite the expert. As we age, our hair starts feeling dry and can look lackluster. If that's your main qualm, look no further than a moisturizing shampoo like this formula that uses an age-control complex infused with caviar (fun!).
BUY IT: $34; sephora.com
Hair Oil: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
After using this cult-favorite hair oil, you'll understand what all the fuss is about. A lightweight blend of six oils smooths, hydrates, and gives a healthy shine to your hair—all while protecting your strands from breakage and heat styling. That's an anti-aging dream.
BUY IT: $40; sephora.com
Root Touch-Up: L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Gray Concealer Spray
There's no shame in the gray hair game, but if you want to keep gray roots at bay in between salon appointments, look no further than a drugstore touch-up spray. That's just the kind of anti-aging trick Southern gals like to know.
BUY IT: $7.50; target.com
Scalp Scrub: Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub
This deep-cleansing, foaming scalp scrub is just the gentle exfoliation your mane needs to promote hair growth and remove product build-up. For aging hair follicles, that's a necessity. Don't worry about drying out: It's packed with hydrating ingredients like coconut oil.
BUY IT: $38; sephora.com
Drugstore Shampoo & Conditioner: OGX Damage Remedy + Coconut Miracle Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
If you're dealing with severely dry or damaged hair—especially if you have thick or coarse hair—this drugstore pick is here with an ultra-moisturizing, repairing fix on a budget. And the heavenly scent will have you feeling like an island girl in no time.
BUY IT: $8.99; ulta.com
Blow-Dry Primer: Kérastase Resistance Blow-Dry Primer for Damaged Hair
No matter if you're using hydrating shampoos or post-styling hair oils, you'll still see the effects of heat damage if you're regularly using heat tools. It's like taking two steps forward and one step back. If you're not ready to give up blow-drying, make sure to invest in a top-notch heat protectant primer for your strands. This one is specially formulated to strengthen dry, dull, or damaged hair.
BUY IT: $37; sephora.com
Non-Drying Dry Shampoo: Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones
Sounds like an oxymoron, right? We all deserve to skip washing our hair every now and then, but aging hair needs a formula that won't further dry it out. Enter: Argan oil-infused dry shampoo. It not only keeps your locks hydrated, but you can pick between the dark or light-toned version to avoid powdery-looking residue.
BUY IT: $26; sephora.com