Here are four things your hair could be trying to tell you about your lifestyle – yes, your shampoo and conditioner is probably not to blame.
Fact: Dandruff is a common scalp condition, it affects around 50 per cent of the population. But while if can be caused by the weather (especially in winter, due to dry skin) there could be another reason why your scalp is dry.
A CavinKare Research Centre 2010 study, published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, found that people can mistake dandruff for another skin condition, called seborrhoeic dermatitis.
It’s a condition that can be caused by some medications and high stress levels. So if you’ve noticed that your rising anxiety levels and dandruff go hand-in-hand, it’s time to see your doctor.
Medicated shampoos, creams and lotions are the main treatments for seborrheic dermatitis.
2. Gray hair.
Pain Specialist at Barwon Health, Michael Vagg, explains that while people do obviously go gray naturally with age, stress can also play a part in speeding up the process. Emotional stress not only affects hair growth, but also the colour pigment.
“Human hair cycles between a growth phase (anagen), a resting phase (catagen) and a dormant phase (telogen). Pigment is produced by the hair follicle to colour the hair during the anagen phase while it is growing. When the follicle receives orders to end the anagen phase, it stops producing more hair and begins to prepare for telogen.” (Post continues after gallery).
“Intense stress can cause large numbers of your follicles to hit telogen at around the same time, producing simultaneous loss of a large percentage of coloured hair. This phenomenon is known as telogen effluvium.” Vagg explains.
3. Thinning hair.
Proteins are natural polymers that make up the base of our hair’s structure. If you’ve noticed that your hair is thinning, dry, brittle and lacking strength, then it could be an indication that you don’t have enough protein in your diet.