The Top 5 Searched Questions on Hair Troubles , Answered
Are you always turning to google when it comes to your hair? Searching for answers to our hair troubles is a universal habit. As it turns out, people all over the world (both men and women) often turn to search the internet for solutions for hair fall, itchy scalps and slow growth. We take a look at 5 of the top searched questions on hair and answer these for you:
Are you noticing hair loss? Falling of hair is absolutely normal. An average human sheds close to 80 strands a day so if you are around that number, it’s all good. If you are losing significantly more hair than that or see little to no hair growth, it may be time to see a hair specialist.
It is quite tough to point out the exact reason for hair fall as it can be triggered by a number of factors. A family history of baldness, for males and females, is quite common and comes with age. This type of balding usually occurs gradually and in a pattern, such as a receding hairline or bald spots.
Hormonal changes in women can lead to hair loss - both temporary and permanent. A range of conditions can cause this including pregnancy, childbirth, menopause or thyroid. Some medical conditions and medications and can also cause hair loss. Cancer, arthritis depression, gout and high blood pressure can trigger hair fall.
Hair also relies on a stress-free environment. If you have undergone a stressful event the chances are it will affect your hair. The way you wear your hair, heating tools and chemical treatments can also cause hair loss - so tight ponytails and other treatments that can stress your hair should be avoided.
What can you do? Try and make consciously healthy choices both physically and mentally, to keep stress at bay. Also, do ensure you eat a healthy and well-balanced diet that includes a range of protein, fat and essential vitamins and minerals.
And make sure to keep your scalp clean! Often, the reason for hair fall and dandruff is a scalp that is clogged. Consciously choose products and ingredients that specifically work on cleansing the scalp and reducing sebum production. SMIB is the first scalp health solution brand in Singapore to introduce Coral Calcium into their products that help to prevent hair loss. SMIB products are primarily designed to cleanse the scalp - a cleaner scalp minus sebum and oil mean lesser hair fall and hence healthier hair. Their hero ingredient Coral Calcium is one of the best ingredients for maintaining a healthy scalp as it relieves itching due to inflammation. It also forms a skin barrier to protect your scalp and by keeping your scalp healthy, Calcium is able to improve your scalp environment, improve hair elasticity and help with hair loss.
Wondering why your scalp is so itchy? Having an itchy scalp can be uncomfortable but it is also a way for your scalp to shout for help. And although an itchy scalp does not indicate a serious condition (in most cases), it is the symptom of an underlying one. It is hence important to understand the cause behind your itchy scalp, so you know what treatment will be most effective.
Dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis is a very common cause of an irritated and itchy scalp. Dandruff is most common on oily scalps because Malassezia yeast(the causing factor) thrive in oil. In fact, dandruff can affect all oily follicles including your eyebrow hair!
You can also have contact dermatitis if you are particularly prone to having a sensitive or dry scalp. Or perhaps have allergies and intolerances. Contact dermatitis is often caused by the wrong ingredients in hair products that can lead to irritation and allergies. When your skin(and in this case scalp), sense that an ingredient is an irritant, it will go into inflammation mode. This results in a red itchy scalp.
Other reasons for an itchy scalp include ringworms, lice and even product build-up. Product build-up can result in making your hair look dull, limp and lifeless but also cause dry and itchy scalps.
What can you do? There are plenty of solutions for dandruff in the market it comes down to cleaning your scalp properly(see question 1). You also need to start looking at ingredients more carefully. Choose haircare that avoids using toxins and silicones so only the good stuff is reaching your scalp and hair shafts.
SMIB’s products are designed for cleansing of the scalp. When your scalp is clean, you have less oil and sebum production and consequently lesser hair fall. SMIB’s Coral Calcium Shampoo maintains a healthy scalp as it relieves itching due to inflammation. It also forms a skin barrier to protect your scalp and by keeping your scalp healthy, and thereby prevents hair loss effectively. Most importantly, it is free from 23 harmful ingredients, including silicones, and contains six protein and marine complexes such as Niacinamide and Biotin, that keep hair silky and smooth.
3.Why is my hair so dry?
Wondering why your hair is suddenly dry? There are a number of reasons for hair looking dry and it often takes more than one to get to a stage of dry, brittle hair. It may be down to using too much heat on your hair, too often. For those who use styling tools on a regular basis, know that the heat can destroy your hair quite easily. Sometimes, even if you don’t use these tools as often, the level of heat can cause damage. Try and air dry your hair as often as you can, and control the heating on your tools or go for those that come with the technology to deliver the right temperature.
You may also be avoiding moisturising your hair. People who live in the tropics, like sunny Singapore often assume their hair doesn’t need more moisture. In fact, you may not even realise it but the air conditioning and pollutants you subject your hair to can result in damage to your hair. Aside from conditioning your hair on a regular basis(hair masks included), you should also invest in a good hair and scalp essence that can nourish and strengthen weakened hair. Also, choose brands that develop ranges for the region and you will find one that is suited to both the environment you live in and your hair.
When your hair stops growing, know that it is related to something deeper. Unlike the physical; aspect of your hair - shine, thickness etc, poor hair growth is often attributed to genetic factors, stress and age. As you get older your hair starts to lose its natural colour and goes grey. But, ageing also affects your hair beyond just colour. It can slow down hair growth, resulting in thinning.
Hormones too can make a difference to the way your hair grows. Fluctuations seen during menopause and pregnancy can also lead to hair loss and thinning.
Are you on a constant diet? The nutrition your hair derives from your food also makes a huge difference. If your body is deficient in key nutrients such as iron, protein, biotin and zinc chances are you have less hair growth and will see your hair thinning over time.
What can you do? Again, knowing the right ingredients for hair regrowth is key. As an example, Calcium is one of the most important ingredients for maintaining a healthy scalp. Calcium relieves itching due to inflammation, it also forms a skin barrier to protect your scalp. By keeping your scalp healthy, Calcium is able to improve your scalp environment, improve hair elasticity and help with hair loss. Coral Calcium, a form of organic calcium, is extracted from the corals in the clean, deep-sea and contains a large variety of minerals. SMIB is the first scalp health solution brand in Singapore to introduce Coral Calcium into their range of products that help to prevent hair loss. In fact, SMIB also uses other ingredients such as Zinc Pyrithione, Panthenol, Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide and Biotin, that help with hair regrowth and provide all the necessary nutrition to your hair.
It is normal for your hair to create sebum or oil, a way in which it nourishes your scalp and protects your locks. The amount of oil produced can depend on different aspects - hair type, scalp type, environment and lifestyle. But, sometimes there can be an overproduction of sebum in your scalp, leading to an oily appearance.
When you shop for the right shampoo for your hair type, remember to invest in a superior scalp cleanser too.
SMIB’s products work towards the cleansing of the scalp and contain essential protein and marine complexes that keep your hair healthy and smooth. Additionally, SMIB’s Coral Calcium Shampoo maintains a healthy scalp as it relieves itching due to inflammation. It also forms a skin barrier to protect your scalp and by keeping your scalp healthy, Calcium is able to improve your scalp environment, improve hair elasticity and help with hair loss.*
*A clinical test report showed that when used together as a complete set, SMIB’s hair loss shampoo, treatment, hair essence and massager helped to soothe the scalp, reduce the number of missing hair, improve scalp elasticity and increase tensile strength.
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