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10 Common Hair Problems

common hair problemsIn the beauty industry, everyone seems to have a story when it comes to hair problems. No matter what the story, the ultimate goal is healthy, great-looking hair.  Here are 10 common hair problems and the best ways to overcome them:

1) Dandruff

Dandruff, scaly particles that cling to the root of the hair, can be caused by a poor diet, an infection, or even a sluggish metabolism.

How to fix it: Once you have ruled out a medical issue with your doctor, use a good-quality anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner.  Remember that beauty professionals can recommend the best products.

2) Hair Loss

Although historically discussed as a problem among men, hair loss/thinning hair is also common among women.  For most men, it may be male pattern balding.  Female hair loss is often caused by stress, medication, changing hormones, and even menopause.  Additionally, many hair styling products (chemicals/excessive heat) can contribute to hair loss.

How to fix it: Try a hair loss shampoo to add nutrition and to clean dirt, oil and the build-up of product residue that can cause hair loss.  Also, limit the use of heat products to a bare minimum.

3) Dry Hair

Shampooing too often causes dry hair.  Although squeaky-clean hair is a good thing, many overdo it by washing once, sometimes twice, per day.  That will strip away all of the hair’s natural oils.

How to fix it: A gentle shampoo will stimulate the oil glands.  You’re safe washing your hair about every three days using an acidic shampoo with a pH between 5 and 6.  Also, try an overnight moisturizing conditioner and a hot oil treatment to battle dry hair.

4) Spit Ends

Over-brushing hair, excessive perming, too much heat, and lack of a good conditioner cause split ends.

How to fix it: Treat your hair with care; and, if you have split ends, be sure to get a professional trim.

5) Oily/Greasy Hair

Oily hair is caused when the scalp produces too much of a natural oil called sebum.  Sebum is produced by sebaceous glands, which can sometimes “work overtime”, resulting in excessive amounts of oil.

How to fix it: Try a shampoo that is specially formulated to control sebum.

6) Frizzy Hair

Frizzy hair occurs when the hair’s moisture level falls below normal levels, and it can also be hereditary.

How to fix it: Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for frizzy hair.  Talk to a professional for specific product suggestions.  You may also want to consider a mild relaxer to keep the frizzies at bay.

7) Dull Hair

There are many causes of dull-looking hair — chemical or heat-styling damage, and environmental soils.

How to fix it: After using a moisturizing shampoo, try a cool rinse.  The cold water causes the hair shaft to contract, which leaves hair looking smoother and shinier.

8) Heat Damaged Hair

Use your curling iron or flat iron too much and your hair will become damaged.

How to fix it: You will need to lay off the hot irons as much as possible.  Next, start getting your ends trimmed every 3 weeks.  Finally, start using a deep conditioner with keratin (to soften your hair) and cetyl alcohol (which will help retain moisture).

9) Color Damaged Hair

When you color your hair, chemicals are used to open your hair shaft, leaving your hair extremely porous and prone to brittleness and breakage.

How to fix it: Work with a professional, use a dye with special moisturizers, and get a precolor trim (because your ends are prone to soak up excess color).

10) Gray Hair

To many, gray hair is a badge of honor.  But others would prefer to get rid of it because gray hair can be brittle and more unruly than other strands.

How to fix it:  To cover gray hair, go semi- or demi-permanent.  It will fade faster, but it is less harsh than a permanent dye.  Leave this process to the pros because done incorrectly, a major color change can cause major harm.

Although hair issues certainly vary from person to person, by following these simple steps, these common problems are easily repairable.  Your hair problems will soon be a thing of the past and you’ll be on your way to a great head of hair before you know it! If you are busy and don’t have time, you can always get your hair done at a beauty school salon.

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