If you wake up with a fever, a sore throat, or aches in your body, what do you do? Common sense tells you that you might be coming down with an illness, so your general reaction is to ramp up on the Vitamin C, start drinking more fluids, and take a multi-vitamin. So, what about the symptoms of sick hair? When you find yourself with hair trouble, do you take the same kind of steps? Well, you should! Unhealthy hair left unattended can just get worse. Here are some symptoms and solutions for healthy, luxurious hair.
Symptom 1: Itchy, flakey scalp
Do you know that one of the main reasons for a dry, itchy, or flakey scalp is a lack of water? Drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily and padding your diet with plenty of natural oils (such as fish, olive oil, avocados, and nuts) is a great cure for dry scalp. You may also want to purchase some Omega 3 supplements or take 1 Tablespoon of olive oil each day. Instead of just treating the problem from the outside, this can fix the problem where it begins.
Another possible reason is rinsing your hair with tap water, especially city water. Tap water is full of chemicals, fluoride, and even drug residues. These can be extremely drying to the scalp and hair. Try using distilled, filtered, or bottled water. Also, purchasing natural hair products will keep harmful chemicals out of your hair for good.
Also, look for a good natural scalp cream, made from organic ingredients. These are leave-in products and will help to seal in moisture.
Symptom 2: Hair breakage
If you can look at the ends of your hair and notice hair breakage, strands that are shorter than others, or strands that are split on the ends, you need to look into the reasons so you can correct this issue.
One possible problem is the overuse of hair bands, barrettes, head bands, and even sunglasses that are kept on top of your head. Hair accessories and glasses can tug at your hair, pulling on it and causing breakage. Give your hair a break from wearing it in a ponytail or whatever style is causing stress to your hair.
Another great fix is to stop drying your hair with a blow dryer on a daily basis. If you have naturally oily hair and must wash it daily, be sure to use an all natural hair product and wrap your hair in a towel until it is just damp. Blow drying your hair from a damp stage is much less stressful and damaging than drying hair from completely wet to dry.
Also, adding foods that are rich in B Vitamins, or taking a Vitamin B supplement will also help combat hair breakage.
The last thing to take a look at is stress. Stress affects every area of our lives, including our hair. Take the time to relax, meditate, or find other ways to destress yourself every day. Here’s to healthy hair!