Your hair is a sign of beauty and vitality. We love showing off a thick, shiny head of hair but, sometimes, this isn’t as easy as it sounds.
There may be certain times when your hairbrush gets full of hair that has fallen out and you get scared; other times, you have a dry, itchy scalp that you’re just not sure what to do about.
So, what is the cause behind all of these issues? We’re sure that a lot of this information will surprise you, but it will also help you to get your hair looking its best. Check it out!
1. Hair loss in “patches”
You definitely need to clearly understand this fact: if you start to lose hair in certain areas that end up bald, go straight to the doctor. This is not normal at all, nor is it something that starts to happen as you age. Again, not normal at all. This type of hair loss tends to be related to serious causes that you should keep in mind:
- Intense stress or anxiety.
- Auto-immune diseases, ranging from infections to STDs, etc.
- Thyroid problems. Generally, if you suffer from hypothyroidism, you will lose hair in this way.
Losing a bit of hair all over your head is not the same as losing it in certain spots. If you suddenly star to see “empty” spots that look like bald patches, you should make an appointment to see your doctor so that he or she can diagnosis you properly. Don’t be too alarmed, though, because there is usually an effective treatment for these problems.
2. Weak, brittle hair with split ends
We’ve all experienced those annoying moments when, suddenly, you realize that your hair has become weak, that it breaks very easily and, even more, that you’re losing more hair than usual. Why does this happen? Do you have anemia?
As you know, sporadic hair loss in women tends to be a direct signal that the woman’s body lacks certain minerals. You may think that this is the result of a lack of iron, but you should know that, sometimes, it may also be due to a lack of zinc, chromium, magnesium, and even potassium.
- Try to eat a balanced and varied diet. If you are a vegetarian, you need to be very careful when it comes to getting the proper dose of iron, which you can do by taking vitamins. If you aren’t sure whether you are eating correctly, check with a nutritionist.
- Remember to include nuts, like walnuts and almonds, in your diet. They’re great for your health and contain lots of these essential minerals. Plus, they’re delicious!
- Schedule periodic checkups with your doctor to figure out whether you suffer from some kind of nutritional deficit.
3. Dry hair: What causes it?
Dry hair is almost always the result of external agents, such as sun exposure, the use of hair dyes, chemical products… Dry hair is not always an indication of a health problem. However, you should keep the following factors in mind, as they could help you with this issue:
- Do you use anti-dandruff shampoo? According to dermatologists, continued use of anti-dandruff shampoo can cause your hair to dry out. These products absorb moisture, and also include an anti-fungal component that is bad for your hair. So, what’s the solution here? Limit your use of anti-dandruff shampoo to one or two times per week. The rest of the time, just use regular moisturizing shampoos.
- Do you use shampoos to keep your dyed hair color looking fresh? If so, you could be dealing with the same issues. These products have a very high level of chemicals that dry out your hair. Use them once per month maximum.
- Consuming tobacco, spending lots of time in the sun, or being exposed to pollution can also dry your hair out. You can use different moisturizing oils to protect it from these elements. One example is coconut oil, which is really effective.
4. Itchy scalp
First of all, you should rule out dermatological problems or other common problems such as lice. When looking for the connection between and itchy scalp and your health, you will inevitably end up looking into the problem of stress, which may appear in two different forms:
- Recurrent stress: We’ve all suffered from this type of stress at some point. Itching and irritation on your scalp tend to appear, for example, during exams, on days when the pressure at work is really intense, or when you have problems at home. This nervousness tends to lead to fatigue. Your metabolism changes, which can cause your scalp to become extremely sensitive.
- Post-traumatic stress: Losing a loved one, being in an accident, or seeing something traumatic can lead to a number of consequences. One interesting point is that, in these cases, in addition to experiencing an itchy, irritated scalp, your hair my also lose color, gradually turning gray.
In conclusion, your hair can often be both a reflection of your health as well as your emotions. Therefore, it is crucial that you try to eat well to prevent iron, zinc or magnesium deficiencies. Also, you should avoid using chemical products and, above all, manage your emotions.
Stress is almost always that silent enemy that alters our basic functions, causing us to become sick and keeping us from looking as beautiful as we really are. Take care of yourself!