Most of us at some point in our lives have a hair problem, maybe your hair has become greasy or dry and damaged, maybe you are starting to get the odd grey hair and not sure whether to leave it and accept it or colour your hair. Maybe you are noticing hair loss and not sure what to do. In this article, I will look at different hair problems and possible solutions.
Age, hormones and genetics play a big part if your hair condition and if you have greasy hair then all these factors may come into play. You can however, do something about it.
Firstly use a shampoo that is specially formulated for greasy hair, a simple solution that does not add any extra moisturisers. Massage it right into the roots. If you use conditioner, use a lightweight formula just on the ends, you don't want any extra oil on the roots on the hair. Avoid shine sprays as they add extra conditioning treatments.
A dry shampoo can be used in-between shampoos, to help keep the grease at bay. As most are powders they help absorb the grease. Brushing your hair too often can also stimulate oil production so just stick to detangling the ends and avoid brushing from the roots and always brush with a clean brush (make sure you clean and wash the brush regularly).
Avoid touching your hair too often too as that transfers oils from your fingers to your hair.
If you have dry hair then the same things can affect your hair as those with greasy hair, namely age, hormones and genetics. Dry hair can also be caused by the use of styling implements such as straightening irons, hairdryers and heated rollers.
If you have dry hair don't wash your hair every day if you can help it and use a shampoo designed for dry hair when you do. Use a conditioner every time you wash your hair to add extra moisturiser and when using a heated appliance on your hair use a styling product designed to protect your hair from the heat. If you can avoid using heated appliances then do.
If you bleach or colour your hair try and cut down on how often you do this as it can dry hair out. Using a treatment mask can help improve the moisture in your hair too.
If your hair has become damaged although conditioning treatments especially those with Argan oil can help, the only real way forward is to have it cut and take greater care of your hair in the future.
Everyone gets hair loss as it's a natural part of your hair renewing itself but when hair loss becomes a problem it can really affect your self-esteem.
Hair loss can be a particular problem in pregnancy and the menopause and both men and women can get male or female pattern baldness, where testosterone combines with dihydrotestosterone and hair is not replaced when it falls out naturally.
Oral contraception, as well as HRT can also affect hair loss.
Alopecia areata also known as spot baldness is a medical condition and there are two types - scarring alopecia, where there is fibrosis, inflammation, and loss of hair follicles, and nonscarring alopecia which can be reversible. Steroid injections can help although it's sometimes possible to use a steroid cream, gel or ointment. Scarring alopecia can be permanent, unfortunately.
Often hair loss is temporary but if your hair has not grown back even though your hormones have adjusted themselves it may be time to consult your GP. There may be medications you can take but they don't always work for everyone.
When hair loss is permanent there are ways to mimic your real hair, in simple terms a wig or hair piece can be used but modern revolutionary treatments such as Advanced Tricho Pigmentation Treatment or ATP are another option. ATP is a specialised process where small amounts of pigment are applied to the scalp or brow to replicate real hair. ATP can help create the illusion of thicker hair or disguise a receding hairline.
If you have grey hair there are two schools of thought - colour it or embrace it.
If you are going to colour it for the first time I would advise going to a salon and getting advice on what colour suits your skin tone. You may have had very dark hair when you were younger but if you went back to this colour it may look harsh as you get older. Instead of an all-over colour you may want to go for low lights or highlights. Having your hair coloured professionally for the first time will give the best look, and you can pick up tips on how to do it yourself in the future.
Tell me have you ever had problem hair? If you did how did you resolve it?
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