What’s Stressing You And Your Hair

What's stressing you and your hair?
What’s stressing you and your hair?

It has been said that stress can make your hair go gray, or worse, it can cause you to lose your hair. But how sure are we that it can really affect your hair that way?

Even though people sometimes feel like tearing all of his or her hair off because of personal, economic, and work-related stress, stress is not likely to be the direct cause of hair turning gray. People, specially women being very emotional that they are, tend to experience so much stress not just a point in their life but almost in every single day. Stress is not always work-related. Sometimes, it can be associated with anxiety and depression which are often experienced by people who had a very rough life in the past. Such examples are those US, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean comfort women that have suffered abuse and harassment before. It is very difficult to forget those kind of experiences and is very likely to contribute in what ;s stressing out women.

Studies have shown that unavoidable damage to the DNA in cells that produce the pigment responsible for hair color is most likely the culprit. But can stress accelerate the aging process and, as a result, cause you to go gray sooner than you otherwise would? This is somehow debatable.

Short-term, everyday stress is not going to affect your body in such a way that your hair falls out. It takes something larger to be able to do that. Something that causes you to lose sleep, or changes your appetite and raises the level of stress hormones.

A variety of stressors may cause your body to undergo hair loss. It happens when there’s some type of physiological change in your system. For instance you go on or off an oral contraceptive. Or you lose more than 15 pounds of weight. Things like this change the physiological balance in your system. Other stressors could include:

  • A strict low-calorie diet
  • Lower estrogen levels after childbirth
  • Severe illness
  • High fever
  • Major surgery
  • Severe infections
Causes of loss of hair
Causes of loss of hair

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What Are Dry Shampoos?

Dry shampoos
Dry shampoos

We all know that washing your hair everyday can often lead to damage sooner or later. We also cannot deny the fact that hair needs to be clean and free of dirt but shampoos especially strong ones can weaken the hair in the long run. However, if ever we want to lessen the use of washing our hair with shampoo, we will then have greasy hair which is also a strict no-no. You would not want to walk around with flat, limp hair which has no volume and looks unclean. If you are in a dilemma to wash your hair or not, take the middle road and opt for a dry shampoo.

A dry shampoo is essentially a hair product, mostly in the form of spray which helps eradicate the greasiness from the hair by absorbing the excess oil secreted from the scalp. Since it comes in a spray can, you do not need water or any other thing with it. Simply spray it on your roots and get clean, bouncy hair in minutes which would actually look like you had shampooed your hair.

According to a senior stylist, dry shampoo is an easy option for extreme conditions. Although it works better for styling, it just pulls out the oil from the scalp; it does not give you the goodness of feeling of actually good hair washing but at least we have a weapon to deal with our greasy tresses and look fabulous anytime and anywhere in just a few minutes.

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Why Do We Experience Hair Thinning And Hair Loss?

Hair loss and hair thinning
Hair loss and hair thinning

According to many studies, women lose about 50 to 100 hairs per day. It is completely normal to lose hair. There are some women, on the other hand, who endure more extreme hair loss or hair thinning than others. Half of all men in the word will experience some sort of hair loss and 3 in 10 women will also experience a form of hair loss or thinning of the hair in throughout their life. Though it is different for every woman, hair thinning is a common occurrence and there are various different factors as to what actually causes hair thinning.

As much as we want to prevent hair thinning or hair loss, it is hereditary. The official term for hereditary hair loss is androgenetic alopecia and is the most common cause of hair loss. Women who develop this trait often experience thinning hair behind the bangs.

Telogen effluvium is another cause of hair loss in women. It is basically the scientific way of saying hair loss due to pregnancy, surgery, weight loss, extreme stress, or even certain medications. This type of hair loss can occur about six weeks to three months after a stressful event has happened and result in hair coming out in clumps.

While we all want our hair to look as fabulous as possible, it may be wise to put down the brushes and flat irons for certain periods of time. Too much styling is another cause of hair loss or hair thinning in women. Excessive shampooing, styling, and dying can cause damage and, in turn, hair can break and/or fall out.

Iron deficiencies can cause hair loss as well, so eat your red meat. Because iron has to do with your red blood cells and flow of blood, and iron deficiency can result in a less effective circulatory system, and as a result, the proper amount of oxygen may not be able to flow through the hair follicles, which caused the hair to fall out.

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Homemade Treatments For The Hair

We have to admit that as women, we want to stay beautiful as long as possible which is why we tend to go to salons and have ourselves pampered. However, it is very difficult to maintain being beautiful and having enough money for such because salon treatment can often get very pricey. Although various kinds of salon treatments and services can easily comfort women, there are still a lot of things you can do to be able to get at least half of what you experience in parlors.

So instead of spending so much on salon treatment, you can make an all-natural remedy designed especially for the kind of hair you have with just simple ingredients you can easily find in your home.

For all hair types and Dull hair
For all hair types and Dull hair

For all hair types

Make use of egg to condition your hair. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils.

For dull hair

Styling products as well as air pollution can leave a film that both snaps moisture and dulls shine – but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. The lactic acid present in sour cream and yogurt gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes.

For itchy scalp

For itchy scalp
For itchy scalp

To fight flakes – brought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors – try using a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. The acidity in the lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while olive oil moisturizes the newly exposed skin on your head.

For limp or fine hair

To add body to your hair, reach for an unlikely beauty beverage which is beer. The fermented drink contains generous supplies of yeast, which works to plump tired tresses.

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