Once upon a time, your locks were lush and shiny, so why all the breakage, split ends and falling strands? As our lifestyle and health goes through ebbs and flows, the state of our hair often reflect these changes with its own ups and downs – but if you’ve noticed your hair is consistently brittle, thin or snapping off, there are a few key culprits that are often to blame. Read on as we investigate what might be behind your less-than-stellar hair game, and how you can score healthier, thicker hair once more.
You’ve overdone the bleach
Yep, we know blondes have more fun, but if you’ve taken it a little too far at the hair salon you may notice your hair has become dry and brittle. Bleach also reduces hair’s elasticity, meaning that instead of stretching when it’s pulled this way and that by your hair brush, say, now it will just snap right off. The other thing that bleach will do to your stands is make them more porous, meaning that they’re more susceptible to damage when you blow-dry or use your curling tong.
You’ve changed pills
Certain birth control pills are said to cause hair loss, particularly in women who are especially sensitive to the hormones they contain. So if you’ve noticed a mass exodus of your strands and it seems to correlate with starting the pill, or switching to a different one, this might be worth considering. Note: we’re definitely not claiming to match the knowledge of your trusty GP over here, so if you think a hormonal rollercoaster may to blame for your hair’s meh state, definitely seek their expert advice.
You’re using the wrong products
Grabbing whatever shampoo-and-conditioner combo has the cutest packaging on the shelf? May we remind you that not all hair products are created equal – in fact, there’s a huge variance in terms of the ingredients that go into them. If you’re sudsing up with shampoos containing ingredients that irritate your scalp or strip your strands of their natural oils – and especially if you’re washing too often – your hair can become weakened, brittle and prone to breakage. Sticking to gentle formulas with natural, nourishing ingredients such as essential oils can dramatically improve the state of your hair.
You’re stressed out
Between inboxes to clear, deadlines to meet, traffic to navigate and phone calls to return, the easy, breezy moments can seem few and far between for most of us. But if you’re really stressed, and it’s an ongoing thing? The ways this impacts our health can stretch to, you guessed it, your hair. Stress or trauma can cause hair loss temporary hair loss (aka telogen effluvium), which in some people may explain why your once-thick hair has become a little, er, on the thin side.
Now, while we’d love to shake our magic wand and render your life an endless string of stress-free Sundays (and make you immune to hormonal changes and bleach damage while we’re at it), this is real life. And the best get-it-now remedy for hair that’s become brittle, thin and prone to breakage or falling out is giving it a hefty dose of TLC with specially formulated products. Supplements formulated with key ingredients such as Biota orientalis, a herb traditionally used in Chinese medicine can help to reduce hair loss and thinning. In addition, Riboflavin, Zinc, Silicon and Biotin are active nutrients for the maintenance of healthy hair and can help make a world of difference to your hair quality.
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