Having hair problems is not completely inevitable as humans.
Irrespective of your hair type, and as far as you are living, you will surely have one concern with your hair. Considering this is the reason I have put together these “#7 Major Hair Problems, Their Causes, And Their Solutions”.
#1. Split Ends
Split ends as a hair problem is an issue that continues throughout the existence of humankind. It occurs when the hair is damaged and the outer layers of the cuticles of your hair strands break or peel and split into two or more branches.
The causes of split ends include:
- Heat; Of course, we all want our hair to always look its best with different lovely styles. But, do you know that styles—no matter how innocent they seem—that involves too much of heat are culprits of damaged hair that often leads to split ends? In case you do not know, Yes, they are!
- Chemicals; Here is another culprit of split ends. Just as heat styling, chemically processed hair is often subjected to split ends.
- Excessive Brushing Or Combing; When you comb or brush your hair, there is frictional force resulting from the styling tools in contact with your hair which snags and makes it brittle. Thereby leads to peeling of the hair cuticles (also known as split ends).
- Towel Drying; This is also a result of friction. After cleansing the hair and there is no time to air dry it. The first alternative is usually towels for most of us. Then you find yourself rubbing the hair rigorously with the towel trying to get rid of every drop of water, without realizing the self-induced damage we are exacting on it.
Albeit split-ends never-ending process, it can be slowed down using the following solutions.
- Avoid Excessive Heat Styling; The use of hair straightening tools and curling wands should be minimized. When you decide to blow-dry your hair, it is best to use the low heat or cool setting.
- Reduce Your Usage of Chemicals; Such as dyes and relaxers. Keep them all in check!
- Handle Your Hair With Care; Remember your hair deserves your attention and care just like you. Do not be aggressive with it. When you comb or brush, do it gently!
- Pat Dry; Gently pat your hair when drying it with a towel. Roughness is a no-no! Treat it as you would a baby.
#2. Dry Hair
The main reason for hair dryness is a lack of moisture in the hair. When the hair does not have enough oil or water to keep it thriving, it would become dry, dull, brittle, and frizzy.
Heat and chemicals just as they cause split-ends, they also lead to dry hair. It other causes are:
- Environmental Factors; Exposure of the hair to environmental factors such as wind and sun.
- Shampoo; Cleansing the hair is very essential to keep it healthy. But when this process is done with the use of a very harsh shampoo, it could cause more damage than good.
- Excessive Cleansing; It is good to cleanse, but not to the point of obsession. Cleansing your hair too often, both when it is needed and when it is not, is unacceptable!
- Nutrition; In case you do not know. Well, let me remind you that our diet plays an especially significant role in our overall hair health. Not keeping a proper diet is like you are intentionally and personally sending an invitation to hair problems like dryness.
- Hats, Scarps, Umbrella etc.; These are all wonderful things to protect your hair from environmental factors. Try to avoid spending too much time in the sun.
- Avoid Harsh Shampoos Like a Plague; Always say no to them. A great alternative is to opt for shampoos that have natural ingredients. They are often known to be very gentle and not stripping of moisture.
- Do Not be Obsessed With Cleansing; Cleansing once a week, bi-weekly or bi-monthly is enough to maintain some people’s hair, especially those with curls and kinks. And as for others, once daily or better, every other day (twice or thrice weekly), in the case of straight hair. Keep a balance and find what works best for you!
- Maintain A Very Good And Balanced Diet; Eat lots of nuts and other foods that are high in essential fatty acids. Enjoy lots of high volume fruits and vegetables (meaning those that are high in water contents) as well. Remember, You’re What You Eat!
- Deep Conditioning Treatment; An awesome way to add back moisture to that dull, dry, brittle and lifeless hair is to adapt to a weekly or bi-monthly deep conditioning treatment. It is also a great treatment for split-ends and thinning hair!
#3 Oily Or Greasy Hair
Greasy hair is similar to oily skin types which are caused by over-secretion of sebum or oil in the sebaceous glands. Note that having an oily skin type does not necessarily mean your hair would be greasy or oily. Hair that is greasy could be very tempting to cleanse. You just, by all means, want to get rid of that oil.
Do not be tempted, dear friend!
I would also like to let you know that oils are not completely bad as it minimizes aging and prevents other issues like dryness. Always resist the temptation so as not to strip your hair of all the essential natural oil that is being produced. You definitely need them!
The use of a sebum control shampoo could be helpful in reducing excess oil.
#4 Grey Hair
It is sometimes considered as a sign of distinctness and accomplishment rather than a hair problem by some people. Whereas to others, it is something they do not even want to experience even though it is inevitable as you age.
- Stress; I could remember a friend of mine once asked if I ever noticed experienced people in certain professions tending to gray faster than the newly certified ones. This is due to the amount of stress they have been subjected to over their years of expertise. I guess it is why Grey hair is sometimes considered as a sign of accomplishment.
- Age; whether you like it or not, you will gray as you age. Do not mind that, it is the beauty of aging! So, age with grace.
- Genetics; Gene also results in grey hair. Uhm… No wonder I had some gray hair strands as a teenager! Well, are you sure it was not because of exam-caused stress? 😘😘 *winks*
- Melanin production; Ever wondered where your hair gets its color from? Melanin, a pigment produced from the Melanocyte cells in the follicles of the hair. When there is a lack of this melanin pigment in newly grown hair strands, their hair color becomes gray.
To understand better the Science of gray hair” and why hair gray, also the best SOLUTIONS for it, do watch the video below. I especially love this video because of its clarity, and depth. Plus, it is published on one of my favorite channels on YouTube “GreenBeauty:
#5 Hair Loss
There are several ways by which one could experience hair loss—a condition of the hair in which hair falls completely from a part of the head, or some part of the hair strands experiences breakage.
Some causes of hair loss include:
- Male-Pattern Hair Loss Or Baldness; A genetically caused problem experienced by men, which leads to a shortage of hair at the crown and the top of the scalp.
- Female-Pattern Hair Loss Or Baldness; This is quite different from the above. Instead of experiencing a complete hair loss at the front, women with this kind of hair loss experience them at the top of the scalp but their front hair is not affected. Unlike the men, the women’s hair also becomes thin.
- Alopecia Areata; This is different from male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. In this case, hair loss could be experienced from any part of the head including the parts of the head the two above would normally not affect. In fact, it could also affect the eyebrows.
- Trichotillomania; A disorder that makes people want to intentionally remove hair from their eyebrows, eyelashes, and scalp.
- Surgery; Hair loss could also be caused when someone undergoes major surgeries.
- Hair Styles; Wearing tight hairstyles like weaves and tight ponytails are some guilty factors that cause thinning of the hair and eventually hair loss.
- Hair loss due to male-pattern baldness, female-pattern baldness, alopecia, trichotillomania, and surgery, can all be treated with medications and therapies. It is best to speak with a medical practitioner before you decide on any medications.
- Wearing of tight weaves and braids should be reduced and if possible avoided.
- Ensure your ponytails are not too tight.
- Even though sleek buns are beautiful, do not overdo them. And if you do them, make sure you are not exacting any kind of tension on your edges.
- To treat thinning edges and hair, moisturization is the key.
- Spray your hair and edges with water
- Thereafter apply a small amount of oil on them—edges.
- Hot oil treatment on every wash days is great natural therapy for an overall hair thinning.
Identifying your hair concerns is an essential part of a healthy hair journey. When you know them, you automatically want to solve and treat them.
Sometimes some of these problems are caused by us. Whereas others like the genetically caused ones are beyond our controls. Irrespective of the causes, we should always, without letting them get worse, adhere to proper measures to correct them.
What are your hair concerns, and what measures have you taken to solve them? And, do you have any other questions about hair loss?
Please write down your comments below.
With this end, I hope while reading this article, you were able to find a solution to the hair problems you might be experiencing!
To the exceptional you… Tohin