*Common Hair Issues + Solutions

Monday, October 16, 2017
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Our hair is a huge sign of who we are and it is ever so easy to show off our personality and unique sense of style through our hair. As it is so important to us all, it can be devastating when a health condition or stress affects our locks, especially if it results in hair loss. If you think that you have developed a hair problem, then you might want to read on. In this post are some of the most common medical conditions and problems that can affect your mane. Thankfully, there are some really simple treatments that can help get your hair back into a healthy state.

Dandruff
Ok, so dandruff isn’t normally a cause for concern but it can be very frustrating when you are plagued with all those white flakes in your locks! There are lots of antidandruff shampoos in the shops these days, many of which are very effective at clearing this hair condition. However, if it persists, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor to see if you can get some stronger medication. One cause of dandruff is that you have been getting too much sun. So, if it’s the middle of summer and you notice that your scalp is a bit dry, flaky and itchy, it’s a good idea to put on a hat or stay in the shade for a bit.

Alopecia
Alopecia is an umbrella term that refers to a number of disorders that cause people to lose their hair. Alopecia areata is one of the most common of these conditions and it results in the loss of coin-size patches of hair. Another form of alopecia, Anagen effluvium, is widespread hair loss that can make people go bald. Sometimes, hair loss is a symptom of stress or other medical conditions. Once you have treated these underlying conditions, then your hair should start to regrow. Your doctor will also be able to give you some lotions, such as minoxidil, that you can rub into your scalp on a daily basis to promote hair growth.

Scalp Psoriasis 
Psoriasis is a skin condition that leaves skin flakey, red, and very sore. If it affects your scalp, then it will cause some problems for your hair. There are plenty of oils and creams that are used to treat psoriasis, it can be tricky to apply them through your hair. However, washing your hair regularly should help with the condition. Styling and dying hair with psoriasis can also be difficult. However, if you speak to your hairdresser or stylist about your condition, they will be able to give you a few pointers.
Brittle Hair
Brittle hair is usually a sign that your hair hasn’t got enough moisture. Washing it with a shampoo that is full of moisture can help to return it to its former condition. However, if that doesn’t seem to help, then there could be a much more serious problem. That’s because brittle hair can sometimes be a symptom of malnutrition. Your hair needs lots of vitamins and minerals from the food that we eat and if you aren’t eating plenty of the right foods, then there will be some consequences for your hair. If your hair is regularly brittle, you might want to get in contact with a nutritionist who can help you figure out the foods that you need in your diet to promote hair health.

Grey Hairs 
It’s super normal for our hair to start turning grey as we get older. But this doesn’t normally occur until you are in your very early forties at the earliest. If you are younger than this and suddenly find a floury of grey hairs, it might be a sign that you are very stressed. This is because the high levels of stress can cause the follicles in the hair to pigment which causes a colour change. So, you might want to take a step back from the hectic goings on of daily life and recharge your batteries. You will certainly feel a lot more refreshed and relaxed, and it can also help your hair return to a more natural and youthful colour! I personally have this issue and I think it was because of my time at university, especially third year which was so stressful!@

As you can see, most of the above hair conditions are easy enough to fix. However, if you try to remedy a problem with no success, it’s important that you see your doctor to get the necessary medication.

Do you have any of these issues? Do you have any hair tips or product recommendations? 

This is a collaborative post

19 comments

  1. Luckily I've never suffered any hair conditions, only slightly with dryness but it's because I bleach it, I just use a serum/oil after washing!
    Alice Xx
    www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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  2. This is so helpful! I get really dry hair and my hair dresser has recently helped me with what to get, but I never thought of changing my diet, so I will have to try that. Thank you for sharing xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  3. When I am stressed my scalp reacts so I do often have to take a step back x

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  4. I use to get really dry hair when I had blonde hair, this is a super. helpful post! xx

    Taylor Jane ox | www.taylorjane.co.uk

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  5. I'm 26 and SO grey already - makes me want to cry - lots! But luckily other than that I don't have any other hair concerns, been pretty lucky otherwise! :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  6. My illness has definitely impacted my hair health for sure xx

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  7. My hair has so been so brittle and damaged since having a baby!

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  8. I have fairly dry ends so use a hair mask every week but hadn’t thought about looking into my nutrition x

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  9. I'm always getting a dry scalp and it's so annoying, it's the absolute worst when it constantly itches. I dread the days when my little boy starts nursery and we get the dreaded nits!!


    Gemma Louise

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  10. I’m just lucky to be blessed with lots of great hair

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  11. I wish I had more hair, mines is so fine!!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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  12. I have psoriasis and hair loss, they are both horrible xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo ♥

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  13. My hair can get so dry, which is a pain. X

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  14. Ah I suffer with dandruff from time to time. It's so annoying when you end up scratching and looking weird! This was a really interesting post x

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  15. My hair can get so dry it becomes brittle - I blame my diet!

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  16. I’ve had grey hair since I was 12 it’s more of a genetic thing haha I blame my dad!

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  17. I’ve only ever had quite brittle hair but hats due to me dying my hair so much. Thankfully it’s at its best now and I don’t opt for a dye box anymore x

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  18. I dye my hair quite a bit, so it has been fairly dry - especially on the ends. I spray Argan Oil or Coconut Oil in my hair now when it's damp and it's made such a difference to the texture of my hair - it feels soo soft and I love it xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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