Common Hair Problems
If you have hair, no matter what kind, you sure will have some hair problems at some point of time. Be it dandruff, dry hair, greasy hair or even health hazards of hair dye application, we all face some problem or the other which is related to our hair. Hair, even though they may not be serving any vital purpose, definitely play a big role in forming one’s personality. Before stepping out of home, we always glance in the mirror to ensure that our hair are properly styled and looking good. Even a little bit of a problem like a few gray strands, a few flakes of dandruff or a few broken strands in the comb, sends distress signals within us. Or, for some people, the way their hair looks is also a concern for they do want a different look.
Largely, following are some of the common hair problems:
This is the first one on the list of the most common hair problems that almost everyone has to face at some point in life. It is a fact of life that hair changes its texture as we get older. Normally people start graying around the age of 50. However, in the present times, premature graying is becoming a common problem among young men & women.
There are many factors that may contribute to early graying of the hair, including malnutrition, a hormonal imbalance, anemia, hair dyes and colouring agents genetic disorders. It is also believed that mental stress and lack of some essential vitamins and minerals in the daily diet also contribute to graying early. Graying hair in early age may make you feel annoyed and low on confidence.
Here are some suggestions that might be of some use to keep away from early graying of the hair:
- Stay away from stress. Take no tension.
- Drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Don’t smoke as it is bad for your hair, too
- Maintain an appropriate intake of vitamins and minerals like B12, copper, iron
- Keep the blood circulation going by regular scalp massages
If you see a few strands of hair crawling on the floor, do not panic. Hair goes through a cycle of growth-rest-fall and an average person loses about 100 hair each day. However, as we age, we may start losing excess hair. However, if you are losing excess hair in younger age, there may be another reason for this condition.
There are numerous causes for excess hair fall which could include genetic and environmental factors. Some of the common causes of hair loss are:
- drugs like antidepressants, birth control pills, blood thinners, high blood pressure medicines;
- Extremely strong treatments like chemotherapy and radiation;
- Scalp infection;
- thyroid problem;
- hormonal imbalance;
- pregnancy and child birth;
- using products with harsh chemicals;
Here are some suggestions to control hair loss which is not caused because of a health condition for which you need to consult a physician in order to get the right diagnosis:
- Stay away from stress
- Buy the right hair products for your type of hair
- Keep your scalp clean and healthy
- Use the right comb/brush the right way
- Towel dry your hair, gently
Dry Hair and Split Ends
For some of us, dry and brittle hair may be a style but the fact is that it is one of the problems that many of us face and must be addressed before it can lead to further damage like split ends where the shaft of the hair weakens and peels back.
Lack of moisture caused by high exposure to extreme weather conditions like heat, dry hair, wind; high usage of heating appliances like styling iron; exposure to chemicals in colouring agents and styling products too often are some of the main causes leading to dry hair and split ends.
Keeping your hair well moisturized by using an appropriate conditioner at least once a week would be a great way to avoid dry hair condition. Also, get rid of split ends by trimming your hair. Trimming every 10-12 weeks would be a good idea.
Any amount of efforts to style greasy strands of hair can prove futile as oily strands of hair always look limp and lifeless and can be a cause for concern for us. Rarely do we realise that this is actually result of a natural process – a condition that some of us may be affected from.
Our hair roots contain secrete an oily substance called Sebum through the sebaceous glands which are located in the roots. This sebum is responsible for keeping our hair moisturized and healthy. However, in some cases, the sebaceous glands become over productive and produce excess sebum. This could be for reasons of heredity or a result of unhealthy diet, medications or improper hair care. This could also be due to change in seasons, hormonal changes or long duration of stress.
Best treatment is to was your hair regularly with the right kind of shampoos/cleaning agents which are not cream based. Get an opinion from a certified dermatologist who would analyse and suggest right hair care products for controlling sebum production.
Dandruff and Flaky Scalp
These are two different conditions that are often confused to be same because the symptoms for both are similar – falling flakes and an itchy scalp. However, Dandruff is caused by a condition called ‘Seborrheic Dermatitis’ where the skin turns oily, red and scaly while Flakes on the scalp are caused by dry skin or loss of moisture. The difference between the two can be pointed out from the type of flakes each of them shed. Dandruff creates flakes which are bigger and look oil.
As I understand, Dandruff can only be managed, not cured. Mild condition can be treated with regular washing of hair with a mild non-creamy shampoo so as to keep the oil build up away from your scalp. Severe dandruff may require specialized anti-dandruff shampoos or maybe an opinion from a hair and scalp specialist. Dry flaky scalp just needs appropriate moisture which a good conditioner can provide.
While these are some of the common hair problems that we face in a day to day life, I can assure you that there are solutions to sort out these problems, too. In a nutshell, hair may not be vital for our life but are definitely a part of ourselves and require a good amount of attention and care from us. As they say “Invest in your hair – you wear them every day”