5 signs of bad hair health

Good hair health is more than just having a good hair day. Your hair’s condition could be a sign of something a bit more than a result of cold weather or how you slept the night before.

Dry, brittle hair

Over-use of straighteners and other heated tools will obviously affect the quality of your mane. However very weak, damaged hair and/or excessive hair-shedding can also be a sign of dehydration.

Hair care tip: Take a daily supplement rich in vitamin D, minerals, Omega 3 and copper.

Dandruff/scaly scalp

Make sure you are getting enough rest and avoid tension where possible. Other conditions such as seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema can also cause the problem but these will affect other parts of the body too.

Hair care tip: Wash your hair with a medicated dandruff shampoo containing salicylic acid, which dissolves away the skin cells, coal tar, which has a natural anti-fungal agent, or a tea-tree oil.

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Thinning hair

Around 30% of women experience this when going through menopause. 50% of women this problem can be rectified by taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Hair care tip: If you notice thinning hair alongside other menopausal symptoms, speak to a GP about HRT.

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Premature greying

Defined as greying in your 20s, this is mostly down to genetics. But stress, nutritional and hormonal factors can also influence hair colour.

Hair care tip: Take a vitamin B supplement if you are under stress. Avoid smoking and alcohol.

Bald spots along the hairline

Causes include wearing your hair in a tight ponytail, braids or cornrows, dreadlocks, hair weaves or wigs attached with glue.

Hair care tip: If you spot the signs early enough and stop whatever is causing it the hair should repair itself.

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Originally posted 2014-11-20 14:30:04.