The Most Common Hair Health Issues And How To Help Them! Jul 30, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
If we pay close attention to our bodies, it can tell us almost everything we need to know. Are we tired? Are we stressed? Do we have a food allergy? Our hair, in particular, can tell us a lot about what is happening inside of our bodies. Granted, some people may simply have over-processed hair, but for many of us, certain health problems might manifest in our hair. Here are some of the most common hair problems (and health problems) and what you can do about it.
If you notice that your hair is starting to thin unexpectedly, it may be for a variety of reasons. But a common cause for thinning hair is your daily diet. Studies have shown that diets that are low in zinc, iron, and/or protein may be a key to thinning hair. If it’s a real problem for you, go and see your doctor so they can run tests and determine if there’s a real dietary concern. In the interim, you can try to eat foods that are high in zinc and iron!
During the summer you probably see more dandruff in your hair than normal. Overexposure to the sun can leave your scalp dry, causing it to flake - especially if your scalp gets sunburned. To avoid this, try and apply some sunscreen to the areas of your scalp that are exposed to the sun. Beyond that, you can try using shampoo specifically targeting dandruff.
Dandruff is normally white, but if you notice that your dandruff has a yellow tint or looks a bit greasy, it could be the sign of something more serious than just a dry scalp. It could be a sign of seborrheic dermatitis. If you think your dandruff is actually yellowing, make an appointment to see your doctor, because although you can treat your scalp with medical shampoo, you may need a prescription to help alleviate your skin condition.
If you’re not eating properly or getting enough nutrients, you may be malnourished, and that can definitely cause some issues that manifest through your hair. If you notice your hair is brittle or breaks easily, this is the first sign that something is missing out of your diet. If you think this is the reason for your damaged locks, find yourself a dietician or a nutritionist and work together to figure out a plan on how to get your body back on track.
Sometimes it's not your diet but your stress levels that lead to thinning hair. It has been reported that physical or emotional stress can cause from one-half to three-quarters of scalp hair to shed! Don’t worry, this is usually temporary, and your hair will grow back once you reduce your stress. However, it can occasionally become a chronic problem. You can use different products to help combat hair loss, such as Rogaine, to help reactivate the hair follicles and help prevent shedding more hair in the future.
If you notice your hairbrush is collecting more hair than normal, it could be a sign that your iron is low. Normally when people suffer from anemia, the amount of hair that falls out is pretty drastic, however if you do believe you belong to this category, visit your family doctor so that they can run a blood test to be sure this is the problem and not something else.
Unfortunately, your thinning hair may be simply due to genetics. We tend to think that genetic hair loss doesn’t happen until we’re much older, but a lot of the time hair loss starts as early as your 20s. The trick is to battle the hair loss as soon as possible! Rogaine for Women Foam is an excellent way to start or make an appointment to visit your doctor and discuss your options.
If you’ve never had facial hair before and notice that you’re starting to grow hair on your top lip, this could be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Other symptoms of this condition include irregular periods, adult acne, and sudden hair loss. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, visit your gynecologist and have them check just to make sure.
Split Ends=Poor Care
If you notice the ends of your hair are always dry and split, it could be a sign that you’re only treating your hair poorly. If you color and highlight your hair or regularly use heat to dry or style your hair, it can wreck your tresses quicker than you’d think. Use a heat protector if you curl or flat iron on a regular basis, and opt for a hair treatment or deep conditioner once a week. Once the ends of your hair are split there’s no repair except to cut them off, so treat your hair better and avoid a messy haircut!