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by: Better Not Younger
July 04, 2020
For so many years, your hair was easy to care for and style. You may have thought the texture you were born with would last a lifetime. Any shampoo would do because your hair was thick, robust, and resilient. Then your 40s rolled around and your bulky strands turn into thin fibers.
Like your skin, your hair and follicles are subject to the intrinsic effects of aging: a decrease in hair production, a drop in pigmentation, and shrinking follicles that churn out thinner and shorter hairs. Now each shampoo you try seems to take you further from your goal of healthy-looking, full-bodied hair. You are not asking for younger hair; you just want better. So what shampoo is best for fine hair?
Hair texture is coarse, medium, or fine based on the width of your shafts. Fine hair should not be confused with thin hair:
Most aging women must contend with fine and thin hair, even if their hair used to be coarse.
Your hair follicles contract as you age, reducing the diameter of the hairs that grow from them. Simultaneously, some of your hair follicles become inert or take longer to replace hairs that fall out, making your hair appear thinner.
When fine hair is curled or straightened, it is more cooperative, holding these styles longer than coarse hair. Despite this, fine tresses are more susceptible to injury from high-heat styling tools and tend to tangle and fall flat.
To counteract these aging hair challenges, use a shampoo made to care for your hair and scalp.
There is no one-size-fits-all shampoo, and what worked for you years ago, may no longer work for you today. When looking for the best shampoo for your fine hair, select a quality formula targeted to handle the needs of your aging hair biology. Types of shampoos include:
Women seek out shampoos and conditioners labeled sulfate-free because of their harsh treatment on fine or aging hair and paraben-free because of their potential link to serious health conditions. But what exactly are sulfates and parabens?
Known collectively as “sulfates,” these low-cost, aggressive detergents are surfactants made from mineral salts and generate the foaming lather most people identify with good hygiene. Surfactants pull grease, dirt, and oil from hair and skin and may cause fine hair and scalp issues including:
Parabens are preservatives used in pharmaceuticals, food, and cosmetics since the 1950s. They often appear on shampoo labels as methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, or propylparaben.
Parabens prevail in cosmetics due to their cheap effectiveness at halting mold and bacteria growth. However, researchers discovered parabens are xenoestrogens, meaning they mimic estrogen in the human body. Xenoestrogen exposure may cause fertility problems and are known to contribute to estrogen-dependent cancer development.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) paraben factsheet, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry-led Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) upheld the CIR’s 1984 conclusion that parabens are safe to use in cosmetics. The FDA maintains that parabens “as they are used in cosmetics” do not affect human health.
Your fine hair needs a featherweight volumizing shampoo that cleans without harsh sulfates that can disrupt your body’s natural biome or dry out your scalp.
Better Not Younger’s Wake Up Call Volumizing Shampoo uses the astringent power of sage to unblock your follicles, bamboo to fortify your strands, and hops to tone and thicken your mane. Our sulfate-free, paraben-free formula rinses out easily, leaving behind nothing but clean and full-bodied hair.
Explore our Better Not Younger product page for our complete line of hair care products.