Hair chemicals such as shampoos, masks, spray, gel, coloring, then UV, heat, wind and climate change may damage the hair texture and its health. Learn how to recognize and overcome different hair problems.
The hair’s life cycle is based on 3 phases: the growth phase (anagen), phase of involution (catagen) and the falling phase or death (telogen).
The anagen phase lasts between 3 and 5 years and involves 80 to 90% of the hair. During this period, the hair is full of life and hairs grow. After this phase comes the catagen phase, that lasts between 15 and 20 days. It is a transitional phase that affects about 1% of the hair and during which the hair growth stops. The telogen phase is the final phase of hair life cycle; it affects 14% of the hair and lasts between 2 and 6 months. During this phase, the hair fall, leaving room for new hair, and start of a new anagen phase.
During their life cycle, the hair may encounter many problems such as hair loss, greasy hair, dry, brittle hair and many others.
Your hair problems reveal your general health
When you suffer from deficiency of certain nutrients, hair problems occur. In fact, hair loss occurs, one of the most frightening problems, especially in women, that may indicate an iron or zinc deficiency. Note, if your body does not have enough of these nutrients, your hair will start to fall.
A study conducted in 2013 by the Clauderer Center for Diagnostic and Hair Care concluded that, most women suffer from with alopecia areata or have low levels of ferritin (a protein that stores iron) and vitamin D in the blood.
To prevent hair loss, just use natural remedies and masks to nourish hair and adopt a balanced diet that consists of legumes, red meat (in moderation) and whole grains.
Here’s how to remedy some hair problems:
Normal to oily hair
Problem: Small bumps on the scalp.
Causes: These bumps appear due to stress, but this hair problem may also indicate an acute illness or an accumulation of toxins in the body.
Remedy: Eat foods rich in antioxidants such as green tea and take a calming exercise such as yoga and meditation to reduce the appearance of bumps.
Problem: Thin hairs and low hair density.
Causes: Growth of fibroids, stress, dehydration, hormonal imbalance, use of improper shampoo, poor eating habits, climate change, insufficient rinsing after use of shampoo.
Remedy: To resolve this hair problem, you need to eat foods rich proteines such as eggs, fish, beans, legumes, almonds and walnuts. You also need to drink enough water and eat iron-rich foods like kale and spinach.
The shampoo that you regularly use should contain natural cytostatic agents that help reduce dead skin cells. You can use coconut oil on the scalp to reduce the negative effects of the shampoo.
Problem: Thin hair, gray hair and split ends.
Causes: These hair problems arise because of an impaired immune system, a protein deficiency, iron, zinc or vitamin C, genes, chemicals and methods used as coloring, excessive perm and drying
Remedy: Avoid using harsh chemicals, trim your hair regularly, consume green vegetables, nuts, flax seeds and lemon juice.