I'm 54 and Always Get Complimented on My Thick, Shiny Hair—Here Are My Secrets

Melissa Meyers is a Los Angeles–based influencer with a focus on beauty, style, travel, and wellness. Her blog, The Glow Girl, aims to empower women to embrace the best version of themselves, age gracefully, and cultivate a glow from the inside out. She also happens to be a 54-year-old with a passion for beauty. Below, hear from Meyers on her favorite hair products to keep strands thick and beautifully shiny, plus a few of her other secrets for gorgeous hair at any age. 


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One of the questions I frequently receive is "How do you keep your hair so healthy and thick at 54?” While I do attribute my locks partially to genetics, I’ve found using specific high-quality products is key to maintaining a healthy head of hair. Just like any part of your beauty routine, it's important to be consistent about how you care for your strands.

It takes a village to keep my hair in good shape. When you’re in your 50s, the change in hormones can wreak havoc on hair growth. I’ve tried and tested so many products over the past year—from natural shampoos and conditioners to safer heating tools to collagen drinks and other supplements with purported hair and health benefits. Below are my best secrets to maintaining healthy hair at any age. Keep scrolling!


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The Cut & Color


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It all starts here! I go to Seama at L.A.'s famed Nine Zero One Salon for my cut and color. She's on the pricier side but is quite the perfectionist with hair. If you color your hair, I think it's most important to find someone you trust with the integrity and health of your hair. Find someone whose hair you admire in your area, and ask who they go to. Chances are you’ll be happy with the results! 

The Products

Shampoo & Conditioner

Leave-In Conditioner

Heat Protectant

Treatment Oil

Texturizing Spray

Hair Spray

Dry Shampoo

The Tools

Hair Dryer

Curling Irons

The Supplements


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Collagen drinks and dietary supplements are all the rage these days, and there are so many good ones to choose from to help with hair growth and maintenance. I have road-tested so many products over the past year, and these stand out.

Hair Supplements

Collagen Products


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Overall, getting regular haircuts every two to three months, washing my hair two to three times a week, and using all the best products, supplements, and styling tools make all the difference for maintaining the health of aging hair. And if you color your hair, it’s important to get it done from a reputable hairdresser who will not over-bleach or -dye your hair.

I hope you try some of these products and incorporate my tips into your personal haircare routine to help get the luscious locks you always dreamed of.

 — Melissa Xx

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Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.