'I'm over 50 - two changes in my shower routine have helped thicken my hair from the roots to the tips'

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Washing hair sparingly could enhance the thickness of hair

Solen Le Net

By Solen Le Net

Published: 09/04/2024

- 11:59

Updated: 09/04/2024

- 14:42

Washing hair less frequently and applying shampoo solely at the roots could enhance the appearance of your locks

Thicker and shinier may be within reach by adopting a couple of changes in shampoo and conditioning routine, an influencer has claimed.

As the body ages, some of the first noticeable differences impact the density, shine and texture of our locks.

Our genetic makeup influences how these changes evolve, but hair care routines may also impact their progression.

The beauty influencer behind the YouTube account Fighting Fifty TV says she achieved healthier hair by going a few extra days without shampoo and applying the product solely at the roots.

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Applying the product on the scalp, and conditioner at the tips has helped her control the greasiness of her hair, she explained in a recent video.

Hair becomes greasy due to the consistent production of sebum that helps moisturise the hair follicles.

When shampoo is used less frequently, the follicles can draw enough moisture from sebum to enjoy optimal health.

Applying conditioner at the roots contributes to a build-up at the surface of the scalp which interferes with sebum production.

The influencer claimed she now goes up to thirty days without washing her hair because her scalp has become progressively less greasy.

“Here are my tips to train your hair to not be oily and to grow it out, long and thick and healthy,” she shared in a recent clip, adding that her hack helps thicken hair "all the way [so that the] ends are straggly."

“You can’t just go from zero to 100 at once. You have to go gradually. What I suggest is if you normally wash your hair every single day, [...] start washing your hair every other day.”

“After a week [...], wash it every two days, then every three days, until you work your way up to once a week.”

“If you wash your hair every three days, then push it out to every five days,” she added. “At the beginning, your hair is going to get greasy and gross because it is not used to it. It is used to it being stripped of oil.”


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Fifty-nine-year-old influencer Vicky Derosa claims she noticed drastic changes in the quality of her hair after adopting these changes.

In a recent TikTok video, she said: “This is the secret to making sure that you have hair as healthy as possible,” the beauty influencer explained in her clip.

“I’m 59 years old. At 59 years I can definitely tell you there is one thing that’s going to make the biggest difference to your hair. More than anything you can buy.

“Don’t wash your hair. Look, I don’t care if you think it’s yucky. If you wash your hair every single day it is just not good for it. There is no way to have super healthy hair if you wash your hair every single day."

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