8 Common Hair Problems and Daily Hair Care Tips

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This article in based on an AMA session on hair care with our beauty expert, Disha Meher. Follow our Instagram handle for more beauty advice and AMA sessions.

You might have just one or you might have them all, either way, hair problems in any magnitude cause much distress. Our beauty expert took note of all your questions and came up with a suitable hair treatment for each hair problem.

1. Hair Fall reduce hair hall

Hair fall is caused by…
a poor diet that lacks protein and folic acid (Vitamin B),  bad hygiene, hormonal imbalance, or a stressful lifestyle.

Daily hair care tips to follow are…
To eat a healthy diet rich in protein and folic acid to combat thinning hair. You can take supplements to reduce hair fall but do consult a doctor first. If that doesn’t help, get a hormones test. In case you lead a stressful life, there’s nothing better than meditation combined with simple yoga stretches to ease the tension.

2. Dry Hair
shampoo for dry hair

Dry hair is caused by…
Unsuitable products, excessive shampooing, hard water, or a scalp condition.

Daily hair care tips to follow are…
Firstly, to not blindly use just any shampoo for dry hair. This includes your preferred hair mask for dry hair too. Few people are know that wrong products are the largest cause for dry hair. Instead, use brands and products that actually suit you. The best way to do that is to buy sachets or samples and test them before buying a big bottle. Also, avoid washing your hair with shampoo more than 3 times a week. If the problem persists, get your hair and scalp checked by a trichologist. Use a good hair mask for dry hair as part of your hair care routine.

3. Dandruff

Dandruff is caused by…
Poor hygiene, a dry scalp, or sensitivity to certain hair products.

Daily hair care tips to follow are…
Keep your hair and scalp clean by using a anti-dandruff shampoo till the dandruff disappears entirely. Another tried and tested anti-dandruff treatment is massaging your scalp with a solution of lemon juice and water. To avoid a reaction to products, always test products before using them regularly, as a precaution.

Read more on natural hair care remedies for lustrous hair.

4. Split Ends
split end treatment

Split ends are caused by…
Incorrect ways of brushing, excessive blow drying and flat ironing

Daily hair care tips to follow are…
A trim every 1-2 months. This is the best hair treatment for split-ends. When conditioning your hair, use a wide-tooth comb to spread the conditioner evenly. You can even use a leave-in conditioner for extra softness. Since split-ends are a sign of weak hair, a healthy diet rich in folic acid would fortify the strand’s outermost cuticle and protect it from breakage.

5. Itchy Scalp and Greasy Hair
Itchy scalp greasy hair

An itchy scalp and greasy hair are caused by…
A dirty scalp, or even allergic reactions

Daily hair care tips to follow are…
To wash your hair with shampoo 2-3 times a week. However, since excessive shampooing can also reduce the scalp’s natural oils, you can use a dry shampoo on days your hair feels too greasy.

6. Frizzy Hair
hair problems

Frizzy hair is caused by…
Unsuitable products, or weather conditions that are incompatible with your hair.

Daily hair care tips to follow are…
To use cold water and sulphate-free shampoos to wash your hair 2-3 times a week. Avoid washing every day as that would only make your hair drier, therefore frizzier. Use a wide-toothed comb when your hair is wet, and a boar bristle brush when it’s dry. Pre-shampooing is also a good tip for frizzy hair, especially if you have curly hair.

7. Grey hair
grey hair treatment

Premature grey hair is caused by…
A vitamin B12 deficiency, or due to hereditary factors.

Daily hair care tips to follow are…
To load your diet with foods rich in B12, like meat, eggs, milk or B12-fortified soya. If premature greying runs in the family, you need to dye your hair regularly.

Read more about the benefits of adding vitamin E to your diet for shiny hair.

8. Lice
how to remove lice from hair

Lice is caused by…
Poor hygiene. Plain and simple.

Daily hair care tips to follow are…
To use medicated shampoo for lice. To remove dead or live lice, use a fine-toothed comb 8 to 12 hours after shampooing. Be sure to soak combs and brushes in boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. Avoid using regular shampoo one to two days after, and continue checking lice and nits (lice eggs) for two to three weeks.

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