What do these common hair problems say about your health?
What are the major hair problems that plague us the most? Regardless of your gender, many people suffer from hair problems that can create severe distress on their hair follicles. Things we do on a regular basis to our hair such as washing it too frequently and overusing heat styling tools can contribute significantly to pattern baldness in men as well as women.
Today we will discuss common hair problems, how they can damage your hair to the point of serious hair loss, and the steps you can take to repair the damage.
- What are the most common hair problems?
- What are the solutions for these hair problems?
- How can I repair my damaged hair naturally?
What are the most common hair problems?
So what causes your healthy hair to become lacklustre, dry, damaged, and even begin to fall out? Many of the things that you do on a daily basis may be the culprit.
Washing your hair too often, using heat styling tools too frequently, and chemically treated hair will (over time) dry your hair out. Some of the most common hair problems are:
- Dandruff – Often a result of over washing the hair and scalp. The skin of the scalp reacts to this drying effect by overproducing sebum (excess oil production). The scalp suffocates the hair follicles due to a build-up of dead skin and sebum, which results in flaky dandruff.
- Frizzy dry hair – Like the scalp, your hair also loses a significant amount of moisture and nourishment throughout the shaft. This causes your hair to become brittle, unruly, and very frizzy.
- Hair breakage and hair loss – Your hair no longer has the moisture levels that keep it supple and able to retain high levels of nourishment. Your frizzy hair begins to break and this results in hair loss across the scalp and lengths of the hair. This can be worsened by using hair styling tools like hair ties, hot styling tools and brushing too frequently.
What are the first signs of hair problems?
Some of the first signs that you are having hair problems and hair loss don’t actually begin with your hair. If you want a clue about your hair. Look down at your nails – they tell a lot about your body’s health.
You just have to pay attention to the signs it’s showing you. Pitting, or small craters on the surface of your fingernails can actually be an early sign of more serious hair problems.
Alopecia Areata, or other severe forms of Alopecia, usually begin with a small patch of hair falling out. Not to be mistaken with male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness.
Your hair may look noticeably different on the edges of the bald patch. The hair growth of small hairs bordering the hairless area taper, thinning as they go down, resembling an exclamation mark.
What are the solutions for these hair problems?
Here are a few tips on how you can fix damaged hair and bring it back to a beautiful, full and shiny lustre.
- Shampoo and condition your hair every other day or less frequently than you have been. Allow your hair to have a rest from the stripping effects of harsh detergents.
- Eat the right foods to bring back essential nutrients and minerals to your hair and scalp. Healthy fats, antioxidants, protein and vitamins A, B and E fill in the gaps in your diet that may be creating a type of hair loss.
- Oil massages are a beneficial hair care treatment that seals the hair cuticle. Try warming a palm-sized amount and massaging it into your scalp. Leave it in for at least 30 minutes. Plan to do this on the days you will be washing your hair.
- Hair transplants are an effective solution when hair problems have caused hair loss that cannot be reversed naturally.
What are the 7 types of hair damage?
- Split-ends: the strands continue to split causing hair loss and frizz
- Damage from heat styling: dry hair is susceptible to excessive breakage
- Hard water: causes discolouration, and dull hair
- Sun damage: the sun’s harsh UV rays can cause decolouration, frizz and split-ends
- Breakage: over-worked and also over-processed hair is highly susceptible to breakage
- Chemical damage: chemical dyes are harsh on your strands, thus drying them out and causing hair fall
How can I repair my damaged hair naturally?
Nourishing hair masks made from natural ingredients from your own kitchen cupboards are highly beneficial for your hair.
The unprocessed ingredients deeply moisturise dry hair to replenish all the lost proteins and smooth your hair. Natural hair care treatments include hair masks, hair oil and deep conditioners.
Why does hair become oily?
There are a few factors that contribute to your hair becoming an oily, greasy mess. When you disturb the natural balance of your hair and scalp on a regular basis, your scalp will overproduce sebum to compensate – resulting in greasy hair.
Here are some of the most significant culprits of greasy hair:
- Shampooing – Washing your hair too often removes moisture from your hair and scalp. Your body compensates by overproducing oils. Over-conditioning and overuse of styling products also ways down your hair and makes it oily looking.
- Diet – You are, quite literally, a reflection of the foods you consume. Processed and greasy fried foods create excess oil on your scalp. Oily hair, triggered from the inside of your body, is much harder to remove from simple shampooing.
- Hormonal fluctuations – You may have noticed at different stages of your life that you experienced more or less oiliness. Puberty, pregnancy, birth control pills, to name a few, can have extensive side effects on oil production throughout the skin.
Whether you’re shampooing your hair too frequently or spending too much time with your straightening iron, your hair has a unique way of telling you when something is not right, pay attention to it. The tips above can help you to combat some of the side effects that may arise from poor hair care.
Hair problems can occur at any age. Hereditary hair loss, genetics, hormonal imbalances, and ageing can all be reasons for your hair to become dry and frizzy or even begin to fall out.
If you experience hair loss that’s unusual for you, including clumps of hair coming out, bald spots, and patchiness it may be cause for concern. It is very important to take immediate action when you suspect there is a problem.