What’s hair got to do with it?

Have you ever wondered why humans were not created bald? This is because the hair is a thing of beauty. Even some animals have hair/fur that gives them their special look. The hair is very important. It was created to serve special purposes. In the Holy Bible, the hair is referred to as a thing of glory – something that adds colour and beauty. Permit me to say that when you appear before someone, one of the very first things they’d notice about you is your hair – I surely will notice….smiles. If the hair is so important, then it will be wise to treat it as such. Like every other part of the body, the hair needs to stay healthy. As a matter of fact, the healthier your hair, the more vibrant you look.

In thinking about the hair, we should not overlook a most important part – the scalp. Many people experience hair and scalp problems. Let us take a look at some of the common ones. The common scalp problems people encounter include the following:

1. Dandruff: Dandruff is probably the most common but most misidentified scalp problem. Dandruff is characterized by large flakes of dead skin cells either on the scalp or in the hair. Often, a person with dandruff may mistake it for dry scalp, and vice versa. The difference is that though dry scalp may result in flakes of skin cells, but dandruff flakes are larger, often greasy or oily and are often accompanied by redness, itchiness, and irritation of the scalp. Dandruff is believed to be caused by an infection, and a good indication that you have dandruff is that the greasy, oily flakes give out an odor. Since it is an infection, it follows that dandruff is contagious. You should never share your hair care objects (combs, brushes, etc.) without properly disinfecting and sanitizing them both before and after use. Also, make sure to rinse all shampoo and conditioner products thoroughly from the hair when you use them as improper rinsing will only worsen the problem of dandruff. Mild cases of dandruff can be treated using over-the-counter medicated shampoos and conditioners, as well as antiseptic lotions for the scalp. However, in serious cases, where there is excessive redness, itchiness, bleeding or oozing of sebum (a secreted oily substance that lubricates the hair and skin) caused by scratching, you must see your physician. If left untreated, dandruff can lead to hair loss.what-to-use-for-dry-scalp1266-ways-to-fight-severe-dandruff-340x255

2. Dry Scalp: Dry scalp is another common problem that many people face. In this case the skin of the scalp becomes tight and itchy and tiny flakes of dead skin are showered by combing and brushing. Common methods to treat dry scalp include the application of deep conditioning treatments, moisturizers and lotions for the scalp, scalp massage (to stimulate circulation), application of a scalp steamer (or wrapping the head with warm moist towels) and application of direct high-frequency current in a salon.

3. Scalp Acne: Since the scalp is skin, it means that you can get a breakout even on the scalp. Acne breakouts on the scalp can be annoying, but are easily treated the same way you would treat any other breakout. You can use a skin cleanser containing salicylic acid on a cotton ball and apply it only on the breakout area. Most of these cleansers can dry the hair out completely, so keep to the target area during application. It is important to remember that you should not use those acne products containing benzoil peroxide or other peroxide ingredients on the scalp because of the potential for altering the hair color. This is doubly important if you have color-treated or chemically-textured hair which is already more porous than virgin (untreated) hair.

A most common thing that plagues people as regards the hair is the growing problem of hair loss. Hairs grow for about 3-5 years before they are shed. Each hair on the head grows about 1cm a month. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After 3 to 4 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place. It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss and this type of hair loss can affect men, women and children. Excessive hair loss can be caused by factors such as stress, fatigue, depression, seasonal variations, hormonal problems, pregnancies and surgeries. One way to be sure that you’re suffering from hair loss by trying a gentle pull test. Get hold of a small group of hairs, about 15 to 20, grip them between the thumb and index finger, then pull slowly and firmly. If more than six hairs come away this indicates that you may have a problem.

To round this up, I shall leave you with information that satisfy your curiosity about hair loss.

TRUE or FALSE

a. Some hairstyles cause hair loss?

TRUE – Styles that put too much tension on hair, like tight plaits, ponytails (secured by elastic bands), corn-rows or winding too tightly onto rollers (especially heated rollers), can cause some hair loss.

b. Hair grows faster and/or thicker with frequent cutting?

FALSE – Because hair is thicker at the base than it is at the tip, the hair can feel deceptively thicker after a cut. When you cut your hair does nothing to affect the normal growth rate or overall texture.

c. Blow-drying and heated brushes worsen hair loss?

TRUE – Extreme heat can damage the hair proteins thereby increasing the tendency for hair to become fragile and likely to break off. Brushing hair regularly when blow-drying causes more damage as hair is more easily stretched when wet. Also careless use of any heated hair tools can burn the scalp, leading to permanent damage to the hair follicles.

d. Wearing a wig increase hair loss?

FALSE – Only the hair root is alive and is nourished by blood in the scalp. It receives its oxygen in that way and doesn’t need to breathe as some people may think. Hair regrowth after anticancer drugs frequently takes place while a wig is being worn. Damage is only caused if wigs and hair pieces are too tight.

e. Continued sun exposure contributes to hair loss?

FALSE – Hair acts as a shield against the sun. Hair loss appears at the follicle level and so the sun would have to penetrate at this depth to do any damage.

f. Frequent shampooing make hair fall out?

FALSE – Washing with shampoo only removes hair that has already fallen out.

g. Diet is related to hair loss?

TRUE – Poor diet can cause hair loss to varying degrees. A balanced diet is the key to healthy hair.

h. Brushing hair many times a day stimulates scalp circulation and prevents hair loss?

FALSE – Hair can be injured and hair loss can be made worse by vigorous brushing.

i. Stress causes hair loss?

TRUE – Severe stress or shock caused by surgery or the death of a loved one can shut down hair production, causing temporary hair loss. However, the scalp nearly always recovers and hair grows back.

Remember, your hair has got a lot to do with your good looks……..keep it healthy!

2013 AyotundeElegbeleye

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