8 Common Hair Problems and Their Remedies
We've gathered helpful tips and insights from hair care experts about some common hair problems men and women face and their remedies. Check them out.
The hair wouldn’t be hailed as our crowning glory if it isn’t noticed most by people. And with so much attention given to the hair, it is just important that we take necessary steps to maintain our hair health. We should not only care for it for the sake of looking good. We have to pay careful attention to it because a problematic hair depicts poor personal grooming and health.
But with all our tight schedules and busy lifestyles, hair problems are considered normal. We see some teens having gray hair and they think that is fine. We see men with flaky scalp, but they don’t do anything about it because others have it, too!
If you have problems with your hair, we suggest you continue reading. Not only will we discuss the causes. We will also share with you some effective remedies.
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Problem #1: Gray Hair
The hair gets its natural color from a pigmentation called melanin. This melanin is produced by melanocyte cells found in the hair follicles. As we age, the melanocyte cells are affected. Eventually, they stop the melanin production in the hair, which results in the presence of white, gray, or silver hair.
Based on research, the build-up of hydrogen peroxide and DNA damage are the primary reasons why the production of melanin is disrupted.
To prevent the appearance and occurrence of gray hair, try these remedies:
- Combine Amla with coconut or sesame oil. Heat the two ingredients in a pan and wait for the mixture to boil. Set aside for a few minutes. Once it has cooled, massage the solution to your hair. Leave it on for an hour before rinsing with cold water.
- Always keep yourself hydrated by drinking water. If you can, stop smoking as well. By doing both, blood circulation will improve and gray hair problems will end.
- Add vitamin B12, iodine, protein, and copper in your daily diet.
Problem #2: Frizzy Hair
One reason why hair becomes frizzy is dehydration. With careful research, it is concluded that hair is made up of 12 to 15 percent water. So, to keep it silky and smooth, we have to keep hair moisture balanced.
In the event that hair moisture drops, the hair becomes susceptible to damage, ultimately resulting in frizzy hair.
To combat frizz, here’s what you should do:
- Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey in ½ cup milk until a pasty mixture is achieved. Pour the mixture into your hair and massage it gently onto the scalp. Let it sit for 30 minutes before washing it off.
- Depending on the length of your hair, massage coconut oil to your lengths. Do not put too much because it will only cause your hair to look greasy.
- Use the best shampoos and conditioners that are formulated for frizzy hair. If you don’t know any, ask your dermatologist.
Problem #3: Dull Hair
Shiny and smooth locks are considered signs of youthfulness and health, but with dull locks, one might not even have the courage to step out of the house.
Dull hair is usually caused by the widening of the hair cuticles. It happens not only because not only because of pollution, but also because of improper styling techniques and too much application of heat.
To combat dull hair, here are a few handy hacks:
- Get 2 medium-sized eggs. Beat them until they become thick and foamy. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1-½ cups of yogurt. Mix until smooth. Apply the solution to your hair and scalp. Leave it on for about an hour. Rinse it as you would using your favorite shampoo. Your hair should become glossy and shiny afterwards.
- Another way to have shiny hair is to use lemon juice. Take a piece of lemon and squeeze its juice to a cup of warm water. Pour the solution into your hair. Leave it there for 10 minutes before rinsing. Your hair should then become shinier and bouncier.
- Massage coconut or almond oil onto your hair. And then, dip a towel in lukewarm water and wrap your hair with it. Keep it that way for an hour. Doing this will help your scalp absorb the oil. Rinse your hair with warm water.
- If you love to use a moisturizing shampoo, make sure to rinse it with cold water. That way, the hair shaft will contract and your hair will have a silky glow.
- Use honey to make your hair shinier. Add 3 tablespoons of honey onto 1 pint of water. Rub the mixture over your scalp and hair. Let it sit for 30 minutes and cover with a shower cap. Rinse with cool water and blow dry under medium heat. Do this once a week and your hair will be shinier and voluminous.
Problem #4: Split Ends
Highlighting, bleaching, perming, straightening, and blow-drying can cause your hair to become broken and brittle with split ends. However, you don’t have to worry so much because you can fight those annoying split ends. Here's how:
- Mix 1-½ cups of mashed papaya and ½ cup of yogurt. Massage it onto your hair and let it sit for an hour. Rinse it with shampoo as you would.
- Always rinse your hair with cold water or water with room temperature. Oftentimes, dry hair is an indication that the water temperature is intolerable.
- Trim your hair every after 2 months to get rid of split ends and keep your hair healthy.
Problem #5: Hair Loss
There are many possible reasons why we experience hair loss, but the most common reasons include hormonal issues, pregnancy, iron deficiency, autoimmune diseases, underactive thyroid, severe stress, and major surgeries.
If you are experiencing significant hair loss, here are a few remedies you can try:
- Massage coconut milk all over your scalp and hair. Let it sit for 2 to 3 hours before rinsing.
- Add 3 to 4 pieces of lemons in water and let it boil. Let the solution simmer for 10 minutes until half of the water has evaporated. Add a few drops of essential oil and strain the solution. Pour it into a spray bottle and refrigerate. Once cool, spray it onto your hair for a quick touch of glossiness and to prevent hair loss.
- Work out regularly to improve blood circulation in the body and scalp.
- Gently massage your scalp with warm oil to stimulate blood flow. The best oil we suggest is sesame seed oil.
- Before going to sleep, brush your hair to get rid of hair tangles and reduce hair loss.
Problem #6: Flaky Scalp
Dandruff and flaky scalp are two different problems. You'll know more about dandruff below. In the meantime, allow us to discuss what flaky scalp means.
Flaky scalp is often the result of immense hair loss caused by lack of moisture. Then again, this hair problem can also be triggered because of cold weather, product build-up, diet, soap application, strong detergents, and hard water.
Here are some home remedies for flaky scalp:
- Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. Doing this will restore the pH levels on the scalp and get rid of the flakes.
- Mix honey and yogurt together and massage it onto your scalp. This will bring moisture and hydration to the scalp and fight your flaky scalp problems.
- Massage your scalp lightly with some natural oils like extra virgin coconut oil or jojoba oil. Do it regularly to prevent the problem from becoming worse.
- Add more vitamins and minerals into your diet.
Problem #7: Greasy Hair
We know that the scalp produces natural oils that help keep the moisture up there. These natural oils are produced by what we call sebaceous glands. If these glands overwork and produce too much natural oils, the scalp becomes greasy.
To treat greasy hair, follow these handy hair care tips:
- Wash your hair using a gentle shampoo that is formulated to control the production of natural oils.
- Add a small amount of water to 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix well. Make sure that the water is just enough to form a paste-like mixture. Apply the mixture to damp hair. Leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Do this once a week.
Problem #8: Dandruff
Pollution is a major factor that contributes to dandruff, but there are other reasons why dandruff forms, including fungal infection, stress, poor diet, and slow metabolism.
To fix your dandruff problems, here are some handy hacks:
- Mix 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seed powder. Massage it into your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse it with shampoo. Apply this solution once every 10 days to get rid of your dandruff problems.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and warm coconut oil. Apply it gently on your scalp. Leave it there for 20 minutes. Rinse with shampoo and water.
- Ask your dermatologist about your problem. He or she might require you to use a prescription anti-dandruff shampoo.
Based on the remedies we suggested, we can conclude that the secret to having beautiful, healthy, and problem-free hair is to have a proper hair care routine, follow a strict fitness routine, and observe a well-balanced diet.