20s: Blow-Dry With a Better Brush
Keep young, healthy hair looking lovely with the right styling tools. For the best blowout, "toss your nylon- or plastic-bristle brush and try a boar-bristle brush instead," says NYC stylist and salon owner Paul Labrecque. "It stores natural oils, redistributing them evenly onto the hair shaft to keep locks looking glossy." We love the new I/M Beauty thermal round brush. I/M Beauty 38 mm Boar Thermal Round Brush ($21).
30s: Take Time to Deep-Treat Tresses
If you're busy juggling a hectic life and are pressed for time, try an overnight treatment that takes just a minute to apply and rejuvenates damaged hair while you sleep. "It has hours to repair damage, giving your hair a healthier and more hydrated appearance by morning," says Labrecque. Try Ted Gibson Goodnite Replenish Hair Repair Serum, which contains lavender oil to soothe a dry scalp and wheat proteins to reinforce weak strands, making your hair stronger and shinier. Ted Gibson Goodnite Replenish Hair Repair Serum ($200).
40s: Add Sparkle to Colored Hair
Permanent color strips hair of its natural sheen. "Products containing silicone restore shine," notes Labrecque, "but those with alcohol will dry locks in the long term." We like Labrecque's Color Finish Polish & Seal Droplets, an alcohol-free silicone serum with UV filters that stop your shade from fading. Paul Labrecque Color Finish Polish & Seal Droplets ($24).
50s: Banish Dull, Frizzy Locks
Frizz and dullness go hand in hand, so pick a gentle shampoo designed to tame tresses without stripping hair of natural oils. Try the ultramoisturizing L'Oréal Paris Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Shampoo. "Also, give hair a final rinse with cold water to close the cuticle layer and leave locks shinier," adds Labrecque. L'Oréal Paris Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Shampoo ($4.99).
60s: Make Gray Glisten
At this age, you may have noticed a change in the texture of your tresses. "Gray hair tends to be wiry and coarse compared with the hair of your youth," explains Labrecque. "It also lacks elasticity, so styling stubborn grays is difficult." Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Hairspray (2) adds shine and holds errant hairs in place. Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Hairspray Maximum Hold ($3.99).
70s and Up: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
"As we age, sebum [an oil secreted by the scalp] production slows, making hair weak and dull," says Labrecque. Strengthen and moisturize strands weekly with a hair mask like Kérastase Paris Nutritive Gluco-Active Masquintense ($53).