DRY HAIR

Your hair's health can be a reflection of your own health.

Dry hair develops when your hair isn't getting enough moisture. This reduces its sheen and can make it appear frizzy, lifeless, and dull. Dry hair can affect men and women of any age, but you’re more likely to develop it as you get older.

Your hair consists of three layers. If your hair is healthy, natural oils in the outer layer helps protect the inner layers. They also reflect light, making your hair appear shiny.

When your hair is dry, the outer layer breaks down, causing it to appear dull and unhealthy.

 

There are many causes of dry looking hair:

  1. Lack of nutrients; Having a well-balanced diet prevents hair damage, hair loss, and many other hair-related problems

  2. Lack of water; staying hydrated is key for having healthy skin and hair.

 

Environmental conditions that can cause dry hair include:

  • living in a dry, hot climate

  • Being exposed to a lot of sun or wind

  • frequently swimming in chlorinated or salty water

  • Environmental soils and stresses

 

Haircare practices that often contribute to dry hair include:

  • washing your hair too often or not washing your hair regularly; it is recommended to rinse your hair with cold water to keep its shine

  • using harsh shampoos, conditioners, or styling products

  • dying or chemically treating your hair

  • regular  blow-dry of your hair

  • using hair stylers too often such as curling irons, straighteners, or curlers

Health problems that that affects your hair’s ability to retain moisture can be:

  • Anorexia nervosa: This eating disorder can lead to dry and brittle hair, along with more serious complications.

  • Hypoparathyroidism: This condition causes the parathyroid gland in your neck to produce too little parathyroid hormone, which decreases the level of calcium in your blood. Calcium is a key nutrient for healthy hair, as well as bones, teeth, and other tissue.

  • Hypothyroidism: If you have this condition, your thyroid glands don’t produce enough thyroid hormones. Dry and brittle hair is one of the early symptoms of this condition.

  • Menkes syndrome: In this rare genetic condition, your cells don’t absorb enough copper. Low copper absorption affects the health of your hair, causing dryness.

 

Simple Solutions to treat your dry hair

  • Wash your hair less often; once or twice a week instead of every day

  • Use a mild shampoo made specifically to help dry hair because it will have fewer drying detergents.

  • Use hair products that don’t have alcohol because it is drying.

  • Follow the shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner. It will keep cuticles lying flat so they hold in natural oils.

  • Massage jojoba oil or coconut oil into your scalp to replenish moisture.

  • Avoid using hair stylers too much

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