Are your hair and scalp trying to tell you something? Maybe you’re not taking the hint and need to pay more attention. Many underlying health issues present as redness, itchiness and hair loss. On the other hand, these symptoms could just be pointing up the harshness of your chosen hair products.
You can avoid this type of reaction from your scalp by making the transition to using only natural and clean formulations in your hair. Synthetic chemicals can irritate your scalp to the extent that it affects hair growth. If something is happening inside your body and it’s showing up as hair loss or scalp irritation, here are some of the first things you could look into.
Scalp Irritation And Hair Loss Can Be Due To Stress
Stress can trigger a severe flare-up in people who have pre-existing or underlying skin conditions. Examples of these inflammatory skin conditions include the following:
- Seborrhoeic dermatitis
- Scalp lupus
- Atopic eczema
High concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol in your blood (indicating severe stress) causes the cells in the hair follicles to die. The premature death of healthy hair follicles can increase by a factor of about forty due to stress alone. When hair follicles die, you experience hair loss as they can no longer support healthy hair.
Premature Greys? Stay Calm And Don’t Worry!
Your genes are usually what determine whether you go grey early or whether you don’t see any grey hairs until you are well into your old age. Severe stress and trauma, however, are the other causes of premature grey hair.
If you start noticing a few grey hairs in your 20s and 30s, it’s no cause for concern. In some rare cases, early greying may be a sign of ill health. However, for most people, it’s simply down to your genes. Climb high up that family tree, and you’ll find a relative or two who had similar experiences in their youth.
Permanent hair dye offers one remedy for grey hairs, but just make sure you’re not allergic to paraphenylenediamine (PPD), a common ingredient in permanent hair dye. Ammonia and peroxide are other scalp irritants to be aware of when considering hair dye, especially if you have a sensitive scalp.
Oily Scalp And Dandruff? Could Your Hormones Be Playing Up?
Many people believe that dandruff results from poor personal hygiene. Although regular washing and brushing can alleviate the symptoms, hormones rather than hygiene play a more important role in this condition. Hormonal imbalances brought on by puberty, pregnancy and stress are the usual culprits. Hormonal imbalances confuse the body’s systems, including the skin’s oil production glands. A common symptom of overactive oil glands is greasy hair which can quickly escalate to seborrhoeic dermatitis. The symptoms of dermatitis are irritated, itchy, red and scaly skin leading to dandruff.
Crash Dieting Again? It Shows In Your Hair
Strict medical supervision is essential if you intend to lose a lot of weight very quickly. Fasting and extreme detox are trendy, especially now that everybody wants to get that beach-ready body. Some people go to extremes and drastically reduce their food intake. This approach robs the body and hair follicles of the nutrients they need to thrive and produce healthy hairs.
Your hair is always in a constant cycle of growth and shedding. A resting phase is also part of the natural cycle. A lack of vital nutrients can sometimes trigger the hair into the resting phase. Hair formation slows down and eventually stops, leading to hair loss and balding.
Typical Causes Of Hair Damage
Drying your hair on the highest setting of the hairdryer or pulling your hair in tight bunches are common causes of ‘wear and tear’ hair damage. Harsh styling chemicals and hair dye also gradually wear down your hair and irritate your scalp. Give your hair the occasional break from hair dye and try going natural for a spell.
Seek help and advice from a trichologist or dermatologist if you have concerns about hair health and hair loss. A medical professional will provide an appropriate diagnosis and offer suitable treatment options for your hair and scalp. Getting help in the early stages of hair loss gives you the best chance to slow it down or even reverse it.
Vinci Hair Clinic offers a complete service when it comes to hair loss prevention and cure. From giving the advice you need to keep your hair healthy, to diagnosing hair loss and providing the appropriate hair restoration treatment or surgical options, Vinci has it covered. Get in touch and book your free, no-obligation consultation today!