Expert's Opinion

Timeless Tresses

By Philip Pelusi, Internationally recognized stylist and product artist | July 2, 2010

How to have great-looking hair at any age.

Good fabric is the key to looking younger over 40. In our 20s, we can get away with any type of clothing fabric and still look good.This is not the case after the age of 40. High quality clothing fabric makes anyone over 40 look instantly more youthful and hip.

However, the most important quality fabric you wear should be your hair fabric to look vibrant and youthful. Your hair is your most important fashion accessory. And like high quality clothing, your hair fabric also needs to have the right density, structure and design in order to look its very best.

The vitality of our bodies diminishes as we age. This is a normal consequence of the ageing process. Hair follicles diminish both in number and vitality as we age. Both men and women experience a form of hair loss as they age. Men experience "male pattern baldness" and women experience diffuse hair loss. Both are caused by the presence of dehydrotestosterone, or DHT. Present in the scalp due to the action of 5-alpha reductase on testosterone, DHT is toxic to the follicle. As the follicles begin to die off, they produce fewer and thinner hairs, which at times may shrink by up to 10% in diameter and are less able to hold a style.Hair products make a big difference in helping maintain hair’s strength and help bind moisture.

Cosmetically weightless products restore the look of youthful, full, lustrous hair. Look for products that fortify and reinforce weakened aging hair fabric containing weightless conditioners and moisturizers such as cassia angustifolia seed extract, grape seed extract and organic aloe barbadensis leaf extract and reparative fruit acids derived from sugar cane and sugar maple. An example, as seen in the marketplace, is Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Healer.

Also, the aging of the scalp manifests itself not in wrinkles as with facial skin, but in its inability to maintain healthy follicles.The scalp's cell regenerative power diminishes to the point that, as with the skin covering the rest of our bodies, it becomes thinner, loses its ability to retain the moisture, and its ability to distribute nutrients and detoxify the follicle. Look for products that contain organic herbs such as fennel, matricaria, asafetida and whortleberry, as these all detoxify and exert a positive effect on the scalp health and strengthen hair. Consider, for example, Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Balance Shampoo and Balance Conditioner.

Women and some men as well, turn to hair color as the solution to another sign of aging hair fabric, graying hair. As we age we also lose the ability to manufacture melanin within the follicle. The hair loses its pigmentation and turns grey. Combined with the loss in body caused by the diminution of hair in number and diameter, hair appears drab and lifeless. The solution is to treat the hair with a color service that returns the hair to a more youthful and vital appearance.

But even the best color products can damage our hair, especially when combined with the damaging effects of the environment on the hair and scalp. Hair must be protected and reconditioned. Antioxidants play a key role. Look for organic ingredients like horseradish, blackberry and sage, which contain some of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. When applied to the scalp and hair, they help to ward off the damaging effects of the free radicals from UV rays and our environment to enhance hair's ability to retain color, moisture and strength—as seen in Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Color Guard Shampoo and Color Guard Conditioner.

Philip Pelusi is an internationally recognized stylist, photographer and product artist. Having gone from one salon to 13 locations as well as a magnificent industry centerpiece in New York City, Pelusi has created a philosophy, a product line, P2 by Philip Pelusi and systems for success.Philip created and trademarked, within the industry, the phrase “A Cut Above The Rest” to coincide with his creation of the registered Volumetric haircutting technique around which he built his empire.

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