The better you understand hair, the better you can maintain it. Structurally, hair strands consist of three layers: An inner fiber called the medulla, a middle layer called the cortex (where color resides, natural and otherwise) – sealed within an outer shell called the cuticle, which ideally is flat, smooth, and reflective so it appears glossy when healthy. But when hair is damaged, the cuticle is raised, possibly cracked, and probably fragile. This makes hair tangle easily and lose its shine.
Using the wrong shampoo and styling agent can cause significant hair damage. Look for products that are right for your hair type – oily, normal, or dry – and target any problems you have, such as dandruff.
Depending on the type of hair, will determine how you should treat it. While genetics play a key role, your diet, the weather, pollution, and your overall approach to hair care are all critical to maintaining healthy hair. Diets with not the right amount of protein can result in weak, brittle hair and loss of hair color, as well as loss of hair itself. Vitamins can also play a key factor in maintaining healthy hair or restoring damaged hair.
Symptoms of unhealthy hair can include:
If you are experiencing any of the above, you will likely want to make some lifestyle changes. The only real cure is time, a pair of shears, and taking steps to prevent new damage. But don’t distress, with proper hair care and a few targeted treatments, you can help restore the outer cuticle and begin to improve the look and feel of your hair.
In addition to conventional treatments for thyroid conditions, research shows that dietary interventions, including supplements, may help treat damaged hair. Read on for some of our most recommended supplements for healthy hair.
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