Hair Skin Care Hair Problems

We’ve all had bad hair days that have left us hiding under a hat. While some of us attribute our bad hair days to the weather, genetics or even laziness on our own part, others blame bad hair on their hair stylists, their hair care products, their hair color or even their diet.

By figuring out the root cause of your hair drama, you can likely reduce the number of days you spend wrestling with your hair. For instance, if your hair is excessively oily, you can invest in high-quality hair care products that can help pull the oil from your hair or that even reduce the amount of oil your hair produces. Likewise, if dandruff flakes are causing your frustration, you can use over-the-counter or prescription shampoos to get your hair flake-free.

In this section, we’ll discuss common hair problems. We’ll offer information on why these problems arise and give you tips on how you can eliminate them.

Over-Conditioning

Many people use conditioners after they shampoo. While conditioners add vital moisture back to hair and make it smoother and more manageable, applying too much conditioner can make your hair heavy, limp and hard to control.

Choosing the proper conditioner and applying it in the proper manner are essential to avoiding over-conditioning.

Dandruff

Dandruff is a common hair problem that can cause a lot of embarrassment. Anyone who has ever suffered from dandruff knows how difficult it can be to conceal the problem, especially if you have a dark hair color or if you are wearing dark clothing.

Dandruff causes itching and chronic flaking of the scalp. It is caused by malassezia, a yeast-like fungus that lives on the scalps of most healthy adults. When kept in check, malassezia causes no problems. However, when it grows out of control, dandruff results.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to the flourishing of malassezia, including:

  • hormonal fluctuations
  • illness
  • infrequent shampooing
  • stress.

Luckily, there are a number of shampoos on the market that can treat dandruff.

Hair Loss

Although many people think of hair loss as a male problem, many women also experience hair loss. Hair loss can be embarrassing and can contribute to low self-esteem. These days, however, there are a number of products on the market that can help prevent hair loss and even help stimulate the growth of new hair.

A number of factors can contribute to hair loss. Some people’s hair loss is linked to genetics. Disease, poor nutrition and certain medications can also contribute to hair loss.

Hair Spilt Ends

Spilt ends occur when the protective cuticle at the end of the hair wears down. When this cuticle is gone, you can’t replace it. Once you have spilt ends, the best thing you can do to get your hair looking its best is to visit your stylist for a trim.

Coloring, straightening and using the blow dryer can all contribute to split ends.

Resources

HairCareGuide.com (2004-2007). Hair Care Guide.com. Retrieved October 24, 2007, from the Hair Care Guide Web site: http://www.haircareguide.com.

Mayo Clinic Staff (February 1, 2006). Hair loss. Retrieved October 25, 2007, from the Mayo Clinic Web site: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hair-loss/DS00278/DSECTION=1.