Whether your hair is short or long, straight or curly, dyed or natural – it’s your crowning glory. Most of us care deeply about our hair, even if we wouldn’t like to admit it. So when hair trouble strikes, it can really knock our confidence and leave us feeling frustrated.
Is there something going on with your hair that’s been bugging you? Read on for some of the most common hair problems, and how to banish them forever.
Is there any hair issue more unpleasant than dandruff? Not only does your scalp feel sore and itchy, but unsightly flecks of white cover your scalp and sometimes even your shoulders. No wonder many people feel self-conscious about this. But there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Dandruff is really common, and it isn’t harmful or contagious.
But dandruff can be tricky to get rid of. Usually, a good anti-dandruff shampoo will work wonders. Just make sure you give it plenty of time to work, as you might need to use it for a month before you notice any difference. It’s worth experimenting with different brands to see what works best for you.
Some people prefer to try natural remedies instead. Plenty of ingredients you can already find around the house have been used to treat dandruff. Tea tree oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory, while coconut oil is used to prevent dryness and irritation. Aloe vera is renowned for soothing skin, and apple cider vinegar has been said to balance the PH of the scalp.
If your scalp is very red or swollen, or your dandruff is particularly severe, it may be worth seeing a doctor. A flaky scalp can be a result of various skin conditions, like dermatitis, psoriasis eczema, or even a fungal infection. So if it doesn’t improve with anti-dandruff shampoo, you could ask for medical advice.
Your hair can start to go gray at any age. Some people lovingly embrace their grays, while others feel more comfortable covering them. As with anything to do with your hair, it’s all down to personal choice!
If you choose to color your grays, approach this carefully. Gray or white hair can take to the dye differently than your other strands, which means you could end up with some unexpected shades. You can choose to color your hair at home, or it might be worth going to a professional, who knows the ins and outs of hair coloring on all different types of hair.
If your hair is almost entirely gray and you want to embrace it, you could use a special shampoo or hair treatment to reduce any dull undertones and make your silver shine. In general, it’s a great idea to keep graying hair well moisturized and conditioned. Frizzy and split gray hair might age you, whereas soft and shining silver tends to ooze glamor and elegance.
Is your mane dry, frizzy, or brittle? As well as using a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for your hair type, consider doing a weekly hair treatment. There are so many available in stores, or you can have a go at making your own! Try mashing an avocado together with a few tablespoons of olive oil, and a little honey. This nourishing mask will add strength and shine to your locks, as well as soothing your scalp. Simply smother your hair with it and then wait for an hour, before washing as usual. Finish off with a light application of argan, coconut, or jojoba oil to the tips.
Heat and styling can all take a toll on dry hair, too. Make sure to use heat sparingly and to always use a heat protection spray before blow-drying or styling your hair. Try to use lukewarm, rather than hot, water to shampoo, and rinse with cold water for extra shiny, healthy-looking locks.
If you struggle with oily hair, it can be super tempting to wash every single day. But this can actually dry out your scalp and cause the overproduction of oil. Try going a little longer between washes, using a dry shampoo to freshen up in between. When you do wash, use just a small amount of purifying shampoo made specifically for oily hair, and apply conditioner only to the ends.
Did you know that your diet can also impact on the oil levels in your hair? Try eating less fried foods and a more healthy diet and see if that makes a difference.
The sight of falling hair is always troubling. But did you know that it’s perfectly normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair each day? If you’re losing more hair than that or noticing that your hair is getting thinner, it could be for a number of reasons. Hair can thin with age, but it could also be because of underlying health conditions. Sometimes hair loss can even be triggered by stress.
There are some things you can do if you’re worried about thinning hair. The first is to steer clear of chemical treatments like bleaching or straightening, which can weaken the hair. Avoiding tight hairstyles might also help, especially those that pull on your hairline. Some people with thinning hair are wary of hats, since they worry the friction will make hair loss worse. But if you pick a hat with a smooth lining, you don’t need to worry about this. In fact, it could help protect your hair from the elements. Use a hat with satin lining to protect natural hair from damage, moisture loss, and breakages throughout the day.
We all get split ends, but it’s what you do about them that counts! Get a regular trim to deal with split ends. Don’t be tempted to peel or pull the split ends, as this will likely cause damage further up the hair shaft and lead to weaker hair overall. A regular nourishing hair treatment should keep the ends in good condition. You can avoid getting split ends in the first place by washing, brushing, drying, and styling your hair as gently as possible. Treat your hair as if it is delicate silk, rather than tugging it around.