Our relationship with our hair is one we can classify as mutually beneficial. If you’re good to it, it’s good to you. Many a grandma have professed that our hair is our crowning glory, and that’s why many of us grew up dutifully brushing our hair every night.
Buy hair products from a salon, they said. But let’s get real here. You can’t just buy some expensive, Kardashian-approved hair products and expect the maladies to go away. Beauty is skin deep, and healthier bodies tend to produce healthier skin and hair. When your mane doesn’t seem like its usual shiny and bouncy self, you may want to take a closer look.
Does your hairbrush feel more magnet than brush? Hair loss is a common cause of distress for all humans. But before going into full panic, you need to know that this happens to the best of us! Plenty of things can trigger hair loss - some more serious than others:
- Diet, childbirth, family history of baldness, and garden variety stress are the most common internal reasons for hair loss.
- Hormones greatly affect the ebb and flow of the natural hair growth cycle, so anything that throws off our hormonal balance can cause hair loss.
- Medical conditions such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), hyperthyroidism, or hypothyroidism come with other symptoms, and it is best to check in with your doctor if things seem suspect.
- An autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata affects hair follicles, which results to bald spots.
- Hair products that contain harsh ingredients like SLS (sodium laureth sulfate), preservatives, and fragrances can irritate the scalp and hair. You need to find a product that agrees with your tresses. Look for formulas with keratin - hair is made from that!
- Hair can grow back. As soon as you get a handle on what’s really going on in your body, you can start brushing again without having to sweep hairballs off your floor afterwards.
Can’t wear black? Got a chip on your shoulder? Are you itchier than a dog who needs a bath? We can make all the dandruff jokes we want, but the fact is, it is as annoying as it is embarrassing.When moisturizing the scalp doesn’t seem to relieve dandruff, which is typically just dry skin and product grime, you may be dealing with something more.
- Skin disorders such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis cause scaly, crusty, yellow or reddish patches on your scalp that can get very itchy.
- Meanwhile, fungal infections on your scalp can cause severe itching. You can pick this up at the most random places, or if anyone you come in contact with has it. Just came from the gym? Shower immediately and don’t let that sweat settle in!
Scalp problems, when exacerbated, can also lead to hair loss. A dermatologist will be able to prescribe you with medicated shampoos for relief.
Dry and Brittle Hair
DIY Hair masks sound wonderful. Avocados! Essential oils! I don’t know what jojoba is, but it sounds effective! But the truth is, you’re better off just eating that avocado and letting your body tell the nutrients where they should go.
- Did you recently give up meat? Lack of protein in your diet could mean that you do not have enough building blocks to produce strong strands of hair.
- Vitamin deficiencies, especially those B’s and E’s, as well as iron and calcium deficiencies, can cause hair to break. Though you can take supplements, the best source of vitamins and minerals are still the food we eat. Pick up a head of broccoli at the supermarket this week!
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