The Top 7 Causes of Dry Hair

5 May Signal Serious Disease!

Having a bad hair day?
Dry hair could mean more than bad weather…

Are you having a bad hair day? It may be worse than you think.

Chances are you will experience dry hair at some point in your life. You may even suffer from dry hair on a daily basis.The type of hair you have, your lifestyle, and how you style your hair all play a part in what causes dry hair. What you may not know is dry hair could also be a sign of serious health trouble.

The average person has roughly 100,000 hairs on their head. Each hair shaft has three layers. With healthy hair, the scales of the cuticle, or outer layer, lie flat and overlap tightly so that the inner layers are well protected.

But when your hair is damaged, the scales separate and are no longer able to protect the inner layers. Oil and moisture escapes your hair, which causes dry hair that looks dull and breaks easily. Your hair loses desirable sheen and soft texture.

Dry hair can come and go due to outside influences. How well you care for your hair from the time it emerges from the root plays a role in how healthy it looks.

External Causes of Dry Hair

#1: Excessive Hair Care Habits - Hair care habits like excess shampooing strip away elements that keep your hair moist. Hair dyes and perm treatments that expose your hair to harsh chemicals also have disastrous effects on your locks. The overuse of heat through blow dryers, curling irons, and electric curlers only intensifies dry hair.

#2: Environmental Exposure - Extreme temperatures can affect the texture of your hair. If you live in an area with extreme heat or extreme cold then your hair might become brittle. Constant exposure to the sun and wind can cause dry hair. Chlorine is murder on your hair so be careful when swimming in chlorinated swimming pools. Plus be aware your local water supply may contain a high mineral content which is known to dry out hair.

Fortunately, external causes of dry hair are often easily corrected. Of course, start with prevention first: Cut down the use of heat and chemicals on your hair. Stay away from harsh shampoos and wear a cap when swimming. Use a shower filter if you have hard water at home. And cover your head when you’re in the sun for prolonged periods.

In addition, try these natural dry hair treatments:

Oil Massage – Combine coconut oil, crushed almond, and lemon juice. Warm the mixture and massage it on your scalp. Cover your head with a warm towel for about half an hour then wash your hair.

Vinegar – Try this homemade conditioner to add moisture to your hair. Combine half a cup of vinegar and two cups of water. Apply it after shampooing then thoroughly rinse out after a few minutes.

Eggs & Milk – Mix two eggs and a little milk with a squeeze of lemon juice and bit of coconut oil. Apply to your scalp and hair. Leave in for an hour to nourish your hair and give it vitamin support. Then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

Avocado and Banana – Combine a small overripe banana with avocado and olive oil. Spread mixture into your hair and leave in for an hour to repair and restore hair effectively. Rinse out with warm water.

Mayonnaise - Apply one tablespoon onto your hair and rub it into your scalp. Work the mayonnaise into your hair from the root to tip, then cover your hair with a plastic cap. Wait around 30 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Internal Causes of Dry Hair

Age and menopause cause changes in the amount of hormones produced in the body. Common side effects include dry hair or even hair loss. Pregnancy also affects hormone levels and can result in dry hair until the pregnancy ends and hormones stabilize.

If you struggle for an extended time with an illness, you may develop dry hair. Cancer patients undergoing conventional treatment often experience dry hair due to the medications and therapies used.

But you should know that dry hair itself can be the symptom of an undiscovered disease. When accompanied by dry skin, brittle nails or other hair problems, it could be a sign of overall nutritional deficiency or disease. Dry hair marks all of these medical conditions:

#3: Malnutrition – Malnutrition is the condition that occurs when your body doesn’t get enough nutrients. An inadequate diet, problems with digestion or absorption, and certain medical conditions can all play a factor. Many are surprised that malnutrition causes dry hair, but it ranks right up there with heat and chemical damage.

A well-balanced diet can usually prevent malnutrition but remember most factory-farmed foods and even many organic foods are now grown in nutrient-depleted soil so you may need to supplement just to reach a minimal level of nutrition.

#4: Anorexia Nervosa – Anorexia is an eating disorder that causes people to lose more weight than is considered healthy, leading to nutritional deficiency. Dry hair and skin are early symptoms of anorexia.

Recognizing you have an issue is a necessary first step towards implementing a diet that contains the nutrients necessary to regain luster and shine in your hair if this is the underlying cause behind your dry care. Seek help from your healthcare professional or support group if you struggle with proper eating.

#5:  Menkes Syndrome - Menkes syndrome (also called Steely hair disease, Menkes kinky hair syndrome and Kinky hair disease) is an extremely serious disease caused by a gene defect. This defect prevents the cells in your body from properly absorbing copper. Low copper levels affect the structure of bone, skin, hair, blood vessels and nerve function. Dry hair is only one minor but notable symptom of Menkes.

Being a genetic disorder, Menkes syndrome runs in families and those affected typically do not survive past their first few years. If you have an infant or toddler with notably dry, brittle and kinky hair, unusual irritability and pudgy, rosy cheeks you should contact your pediatrician to rule out Menkes syndrome.

#6: Hypoparathyroidism - The parathyroid glands help control calcium use and removal by the body. Hypoparathyroidism is an endocrine disorder in which the parathyroid glands in the neck do not produce enough parathyroid hormone. The disorder can occur due to injury to the parathyroid glands during head and neck surgery. Symptoms include dry hair and skin, cataracts, muscle cramps and muscle spasms.

#7: Hypothyroidism - The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, located in the front of your neck, produces a hormone that controls the way your body processes proteins and energy. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid fails to produce enough of the hormone. Dry hair is only one physical change that affects patients with this condition. Other symptoms include obesity, fatigue, depression, weakness, and joint or muscle pain.

If your thyroid is a concern, there are several key nutrients and other natural supplements like specific amino acids and electrolytes that can help trigger your thyroid to begin functioning better again. Schedule a Wellness Consultation with Dr. Rispoli and get the help you need now.

Other Early Warning Signs

As you can tell, dry hair can act as an early warning system of major trouble. Paying attention to the symptoms of dry hair you have can help you take early action to protect yourself from dangerous conditions… but it’s not the only window into your body’s health.

Similar to dry hair, the health of your nails and tongue are also related to your overall health. So after you check out your hair, check out these other important articles that provide additional important health warnings:

8 Health Warnings Your Fingernails May Be Sending

5 Health Warnings to Watch for on Your Tongue


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Teresa Rispoli has her Ph.D. in Nutrition, is a licensed Acupuncturist and clinical researcher. She has been in practice for well over 25 years. It is through her clinical practice that she has gained insights into chronic health conditions. If you are suffering from unexplained symptoms that come and go you owe it to yourself to find out why. Find out today call for a Nutritional Consultation with Dr. Rispoli.

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Teresa Rispoli has her Ph.D. in Nutrition, is a licensed Acupuncturist, Master Herbalist, Certified Functional Nutritionist, has a Doctorate in Naturopathy and is a clinical researcher, and Licensed Esthetician. She has been in practice for well over 27 years. It is through her clinical practice that she has gained insights into chronic health conditions. If you are suffering from unexplained symptoms that come and go you owe it to yourself to find out why. Find out today call for a Nutritional Consultation with Dr. Rispoli.

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