a bad hair day?
could mean more than bad
you having a bad hair day?
It may be worse than you
are you will experience dry hair
at some point in your life. You
may even suffer from dry hair on
a daily basis.The type of hair you have, your
lifestyle, and how you style your
hair all play a part in what causes
dry hair. What you may not know is
dry hair could also be a sign of
serious health trouble.
The average person has roughly 100,000
hairs on their head. Each hair shaft
has three layers. With healthy hair,
the scales of the cuticle, or outer
layer, lie flat and overlap tightly
so that the inner layers are well
when your hair is damaged, the
scales separate and are no
longer able to protect the inner
layers. Oil and moisture escapes
your hair, which causes dry hair
that looks dull and breaks easily.
Your hair loses desirable sheen
and soft texture.
Dry hair can come and go due to
outside influences. How well you
care for your hair from the time
it emerges from the root plays a
role in how healthy it looks.
External Causes of Dry Hair
#1: Excessive Hair Care
Habits - Hair
care habits like excess shampooing
strip away elements that keep your
hair moist. Hair dyes and perm
treatments that expose your hair
to harsh chemicals also have disastrous
effects on your locks. The overuse
of heat through blow dryers, curling
irons, and electric curlers only
intensifies dry hair.
#2: Environmental Exposure -
Extreme temperatures can affect
the texture of your hair. If you
live in an area with extreme heat
or extreme cold then your hair
might become brittle. Constant
exposure to the sun and wind can
cause dry hair. Chlorine is murder
on your hair so be careful when
swimming in chlorinated swimming
pools. Plus be aware your local water
supply may contain a high mineral
content which is known to dry out
external causes of dry hair are
often easily corrected. Of course,
start with prevention first: Cut
down the use of heat and chemicals
on your hair. Stay away from harsh
shampoos and wear a cap when swimming.
Use a shower filter if you have
hard water at home. And cover your
head when you’re
in the sun for prolonged periods.
In addition, try these natural dry
Oil Massage – Combine
coconut oil, crushed almond, and
lemon juice. Warm the mixture and
massage it on your scalp. Cover your
head with a warm towel for about
half an hour then wash your hair.
Vinegar – Try
this homemade conditioner to add
moisture to your hair. Combine half
a cup of vinegar and two cups of
water. Apply it after shampooing
then thoroughly rinse out after a
Eggs & Milk – Mix
two eggs and a little milk with
a squeeze of lemon juice and bit
of coconut oil. Apply to your scalp
and hair. Leave in for an hour
to nourish your hair and give it
vitamin support. Then wash your
hair with a mild shampoo.
Avocado and Banana – Combine
a small overripe banana with avocado
and olive oil. Spread mixture into
your hair and leave in for an hour
to repair and restore hair effectively.
Rinse out with warm water.
Mayonnaise - Apply
one tablespoon onto your hair and
rub it into your scalp. Work the
mayonnaise into your hair from the
root to tip, then cover your hair
with a plastic cap. Wait around 30
minutes then rinse thoroughly.
Internal Causes of Dry Hair
Age and menopause cause changes
in the amount of hormones produced
in the body. Common side effects
include dry hair or even hair loss.
Pregnancy also affects hormone levels
and can result in dry hair until
the pregnancy ends and hormones stabilize.
If you struggle for an extended
time with an illness, you may develop
dry hair. Cancer patients undergoing
conventional treatment often experience
dry hair due to the medications and
you should know that dry hair itself
can be the symptom of an undiscovered
disease. When accompanied by dry
skin, brittle nails or other hair
problems, it could be a sign
of overall nutritional deficiency
or disease. Dry hair marks all of
these medical conditions:
#3: Malnutrition – Malnutrition
is the condition that occurs when
your body doesn’t get enough
nutrients. An inadequate diet, problems
with digestion or absorption, and
certain medical conditions can all
play a factor. Many are surprised
that malnutrition causes dry hair,
but it ranks right up there with
heat and chemical damage.
A well-balanced diet can usually
prevent malnutrition but remember
most factory-farmed foods and even
many organic foods are now grown
in nutrient-depleted soil so you
may need to supplement just to reach
a minimal level of nutrition.
#4: Anorexia Nervosa – Anorexia
is an eating disorder that causes
people to lose more weight than is
considered healthy, leading to nutritional
deficiency. Dry hair and skin are
early symptoms of anorexia.
Recognizing you have an issue is
a necessary first step towards implementing
a diet that contains the nutrients
necessary to regain luster and shine
in your hair if this is the underlying
cause behind your dry care. Seek
help from your healthcare professional
or support group if you struggle
with proper eating.
Syndrome - Menkes
syndrome (also called Steely hair
disease, Menkes kinky hair syndrome
and Kinky hair disease) is an extremely
serious disease caused by a gene
defect. This defect prevents the
cells in your body from properly
absorbing copper. Low copper levels
affect the structure of bone, skin,
hair, blood vessels and nerve function.
Dry hair is only one minor but notable
symptom of Menkes.
Being a genetic disorder, Menkes
syndrome runs in families and those
affected typically do not survive
past their first few years. If you
have an infant or toddler with notably
dry, brittle and kinky hair, unusual
irritability and pudgy, rosy cheeks
you should contact your pediatrician
to rule out Menkes syndrome.
#6: Hypoparathyroidism -
The parathyroid glands help control
calcium use and removal by the
body. Hypoparathyroidism is an
endocrine disorder in which the
parathyroid glands in the neck
do not produce enough parathyroid
hormone. The disorder can occur due
to injury to the parathyroid glands
during head and neck surgery. Symptoms
include dry hair and skin, cataracts,
muscle cramps and muscle spasms.
#7: Hypothyroidism -
The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland,
located in the front of your neck,
produces a hormone that controls
the way your body processes proteins
and energy. Hypothyroidism occurs
when the thyroid fails to produce
enough of the hormone. Dry hair
is only one physical change that
affects patients with this condition.
Other symptoms include obesity, fatigue,
depression, weakness, and joint or
your thyroid is a concern, there
are several key nutrients and other
natural supplements like specific
amino acids and electrolytes that
can help trigger your thyroid to
begin functioning better again.
Schedule a Wellness Consultation
with Dr. Rispoli and get the help
you need now.
Other Early Warning Signs
you can tell, dry hair can act
as an early warning system of major
trouble. Paying attention to the
symptoms of dry hair you have can
help you take early action to protect
yourself from dangerous conditions… but
it’s not the only window into
your body’s health.
Similar to dry hair, the health
of your nails and tongue are also
related to your overall health. So
after you check out your hair, check
out these other important articles
that provide additional important
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