Sunday, July 11, 2010

What Your Hair & Scalp Say About Your Health

Does Bad Hair Mean Bad Health?

Is your hair trying to tell you something about your health? Maybe. Some conditions and medications affect your body as well as your hair. In other cases, you may just need to take better care of your hair or scalp. Use this pictorial guide to see what separates myth from fact when it comes to your health and your hair.

White Flakes Pose No Health Risk

Dandruff isn’t contagious. So how do you get it? Doctors aren’t sure, but one theory is that it may be due to an overgrowth of a fungus. Other possible triggers include skin that’s either too dry or too oily, shampooing either too often or not often enough, and having eczema or psoriasis. While it’s embarrassing – and the itching can be bothersome --  dandruff isn’t harmful.

Tips for Dandruff Treatment

To decrease the buildup of dandruff’s dead skin cells, try using an anti-dandruff shampoo daily. Leave shampoo on for 5 minutes, then rinse well. You may need to try several dandruff shampoos to find one that works best for you. If one stops working, try another. If that doesn’t help, call your doctor.

Yellow Dandruff?

If the dandruff flakes you see are greasy and yellow, you may have seborrheic dermatitis. It’s an inflammatory skin condition that can occur where there are lots of oil glands, like the scalp and face. Though seborrheic dermatitis is related to hormones, fungus, and even some neurological problems, it’s treated the same as dandruff: with anti-dandruff shampoos. Severe cases may need a prescription steroid or antifungal medicine.

You May Shed More Than You Think

It’s not a perfect measure, but some experts estimate that we may shed up to 100 or more hairs a day. That’s not cause for alarm, nor does it mean you’re going bald. About 90% of your 100,000 hair follicles are growing at any given time. The other 10% are in a resting (telogen) phase, and the hair falls out after about 2 to 3 months. It’s replaced by new hair, and the growth cycle starts over again.

How Female-Pattern Baldness Happens

Hair loss in women tends to mean hair thinning all over the head. Unlike men, women rarely go bald, and they tend to lose hair more slowly than men do. Other myths: Longer hair won’t put a strain on the roots, causing more to fall out. Nor will shampooing pull hair out -- it just gets the ones that were falling out already. Women’s Rogaine (minoxidil) or prescription medications may help preserve hair.

Avoid Sun Damage to Hair

Too much sun can turn your hair into a brittle, dry mop that breaks and splits easily. And if you already have thinning hair, you risk a sunburn on your scalp. Choosing hair care products with sunscreen provides some protection, although it can be hard to coat your hair evenly. That’s why it’s a good idea to wear a hat when you’re out in the sun -- especially if your scalp is exposed.

Premature Gray Hair Is Genetic

Going gray isn’t always related to aging. If you’re not yet 40 and see more than a few gray hairs, chances are it runs in your family. Gray usually isn’t a sign of poor health, though anemia, thyroid issues, vitamin B12 deficiency, and vitiligo can cause premature graying.  You can highlight or color hair to cover the gray, but beware: some people are sensitive to the dye’s chemicals. The result is an itchy, burning scalp.


5 comments:

  1. rambut wadud x smart kak..heeee....
    rasa macam rambut wadud nieh keras jerk..:p

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  2. Im losing my hair so rapidly..
    hari tu pergi Yun Nam..
    diorang ckp something wrong and very serious sbb
    terry tak sepatutnya gugur rambut sebanyak ni..

    huhu.. =( .

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  3. hopefully ur problem will be solve quickly...:)
    mahal gak kan wat treatment kat Yun Nam..ribu raban..huhu

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  4. a'ah dalila.. memang tak masuk akal..
    terry yng ada masalah tu..diorang charge RM6000 tak termasuk ubat-ubat suppliment..

    and kawan terry yang dah botak..buat treatment..hanya kena charge rm3000..

    ????. lol

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  5. ermm..mak aihh..mahalnya..
    tau ribu raban ni pun sebab member ada wat gak treatment kat sana sebab nak bagi rambut cantik..

    memang tak masuk akal...try syampoo ba wang, bak kata jackie chan :)

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