Haircare for the Elderly

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Haircare for the elderly

They don’t call it our ‘Crowning Glory’ for nothing,

Men and women are still particular about their hair as they age and if you care for someone elderly they may be concerned about the way their hair is changing with age.

Hair changes with age and genetics are partly responsible. If our parents had thinning hair as they aged, then we may find  the same happening to us.

Medication can also  affect our hair. Medication for high blood pressure or beta blockers for heart conditions can often cause hair loss. Some women also experience major hormonal changes during peri-menopause and  menopause.

Good Health – Good Hair

Our hair condition can be an indicator of  your overall state of health. One of the best ways to care for mature hair is to eat a healthy diet. As for a person of any age, a good diet is essential to healthy lifestyle. To maintain smooth and strong hair, ensure you are eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. Foods high in vitamins A and C will help your body produce sebum, which will help keep more mature hair supple and shiny.

It is also important to eat plenty of low fat protein such as chicken or fish. Without this protein, hair may become brittle.

Nutritional supplements such as biotin , a vital nutrient for promoting hair growth and like protein will  prevent hair from becoming brittle by helping your body metabolise fats.

Other supplements may also help keep hair strong and shiny. Vitamin E, fish oil, and evening primrose oil will help nourish the scalp and encourage new hair growth.

Caring for Mature Hair

The most important thing to remember about caring for mature hair is to preventing  damage in the first place.

  • Regular trims are important for ageing hair as it may be more vulnerable to split ends.
  • Regular haircuts prevent damage further up the hair strand hair.
  • Use a mild shampoo.
  • Let hair dry naturally if possible.
  • Avoid sun damage by wearing a hat or using a hair care product with sunscreen protection.
  •  In addition to protecting your hair, a hat helps prevent the bleaching of the hair especially if it is coloured.



Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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