You're likely already aware that our hair changes as we age. "Much like your skin, your hair loses its elasticity, fullness, and pigment," says Cory Aaron Scott, a celebrity hairstylist based in Los Angeles. This means that in addition to watching your hair fade to silver, you'll also notice shifts in its texture and density—so what was once shiny, soft, and thick may start to appear dull, coarse, and thin.
For many people, these things are NBD—much like wrinkles and the inability to not have to pee in the middle of the night, they're just additional (albeit kind of annoying) side effects that come along with getting older. But if you do want to do something about it, the best place to start is with your shampoo.
"To minimize some of these changes, the most important way to help the aging process is to use the right shampoo," says Julien Farel, creative director and owner of the Julien Farel Restore Salon and Spa at New York City’s Regency Hotel.
Thankfully, you're in luck, because some of the best anti-aging shampoos are currently on sale for Prime Day. Your best bet, according to stylists, is to look for antioxidant-packed formulas (which stave off the free-radical damage that causes pigment and density changes) and/or ingredients that stimulate hair growth or boost fullness (to counteract shedding and loss of volume).
Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite options on offer—all of which you can snag at a serious discount through 12 a.m. PST on July 12.
Best anti-aging shampoos for gray hair
Originally $20, now $14
Embracing your grays? Keep them looking as healthy as possible with this shampoo, which is meant to maintain the color and shine of gray hair. It’s got a purple tint to stave off brassiness, so it will keep your strands looking as naturally gorgeous as possible.
Originally $39.99, now $21
If you aren’t quite ready to go gray, this shampoo has got you covered. In the words of the brand, it “magically” dyes grays within minutes using long-lasting, ammonia-free pigments. It comes in seven shades (black, burgundy red, grape red, wine red, light brown, linen, and purple) so you can choose to stick with your natural color or try out something totally new.
Best anti-aging shampoos for thinning hair
Originally $20, now $12
The increased activity of a hormone called DHT is one of the main culprits behind age-induced shedding, and this shampoo can help. It uses a blend of natural ingredients like biotin, niacin, and saw palmetto to curb DHT and stimulate growth, while argan oil leaves new (and existing) strands soft and shiny.
Originally $30, now $21
A luxury-feeling anti-thinning shampoo and conditioner set for $20 almost sounds too good to be true, but this Prime Day, it’s possible. Each of these fullness-inducing formulas is made with Pura D’Or’s exclusive proprietary blend of 17 DHT blockers, including nettle extract, pumpkin seed, and black cumin seed oil.
Originally $18, now $14
Keeping your scalp clean is one of the most important things you can do to stave off shedding, and this shampoo and conditioner set will help you do exactly that. The detoxifying formulas are designed to whisk away product buildup, and also include rosemary extract, which is known for its ability to stimulate growth.
Originally $34, $22
Though this shampoo won’t help you grow more hair, it will keep what’s on your head looking as thick and full as possible. It infuses the strands with biotin to promote strength and volume, leaving them with a va-va-voom quality after you dry and style.
Originally $10, now $7
This stuff never goes on sale, so now’s the time to stock up (or give it a first-time try). It’s made with argan oil, pumpkin extract, and fatty acids to moisturize and fortify the hair, leaving it just as soft and strong in your 50s as it was in your 20s.
Originally $22, now $16
Moisture is obviously the name of the game for dry, damaged hair, and this set delivers it in spades. Argan oil (which is known as “liquid gold” for its hair-hydrating properties) joins forces with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, giving you the nourishment and protection your hair needs at any age… but especially in your 40s and beyond.
Originally $40, now TBD
Getting your hair to look glossy becomes increasingly difficult as you get older, but this shampoo can get the job done. It minimizes frizz (which, by the way, is a side effect of the intense dryness that comes along with age), and infuses hair with shine using ingredients like sea kelp, shea butter and avocado oil. What’s more? If your hair is dyed (or has still got its natural shade), it will help keep your color from fading by protecting against environmental stressors.
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