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Nurturing Advice For Dry Hair

Having dry hair can make your life seem dull and will make you feel like every day is a bad hair day, especially when your hair looks lifeless even after a wash. Perhaps not a cause for major concern among men, but dry hair can affect a woman’s mood and make her feel self-conscious. Luckily dry hair has been well documented in terms of cause and solution, so we’ll elaborate on a couple to see if we can’t get your dry hair back to its lustrous natural condition.

Alright, let’s have a look at the basic causes of dry hair that might help you identify both the cause and solution of your condition. First of all, if you swim regularly then an over exposure to chlorine, hydrochloric acid and a variety of other pool maintenance chemicals might be responsible for your dry hair. This can be solved by wetting your hair with normal tap water before each swim. Washing your hair with very hot water will damage the follicles through which sebum, which is the oily substance that coats your hair with a protective layer and gives it a nice natural shine, is secreted. Water should always be lukewarm when tending to your hair.

Another cause of dry hair, and probably one of the most common, is the use of chemicals like bleaches and colorants as well as implements like hair straighteners and heat brushes. These are all basic tips which could be linked to dry hair and could be remedied by reducing the exposure of hair to these factors. But then, unfortunately there are also a couple of more sever causes linked to dry hair. These include the following:

  1. Malnutrition – A condition where the body does not have adequate supplies to nourish itself and provide the ingredients necessary to produce healthy normal hair.
  2. Anorexia – More accurately Anorexia Nervosa, which is a psychiatric condition whereby the individual suffers from severe malnutrition and an extremely low bodyweight.
  3. Hypopituitarism – Is a condition whereby the pituitary gland is responsible for a deficiency in certain hormones. These hormones in turn are needed for normal cellular function of the hair follicles.

The above should take care of the most common causes of dry hair. If you believe that the cause of your dry hair might be one of the last three mentioned, it would be best to seek medical advice. In the other cases, if you have not yet solved your dry hair problem, then some of the following tips will be able to help you regain that beautiful glossy shine:

  1. Eat right! Vitamins A, C, E, B11 and B7 are all nutrients that are highly beneficial to keeping a healthy scalp and good hair. These nutrients can be found in foods such as whole grains, green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, citrus fruits, dairy products (non-fat) and soy products.
  2. Exercise! Yes, exercise is important, even to hair. It complements the circulation of blood which is necessary for cells in the follicles to function correctly.

Aside from everything just mentioned, just make sure you relax and keep away from stress as it can have an effect on your hair as well as your overall health.