If you or someone you know is currently living with dry, brittle hair, we will be discussing reasons why this may be happening along with some possible solutions. Both internal body conditions and external environmental factors affect our hair. Let’s take a look at some of the internal health concerns dry hair indicates.

Internal Factors:

Hormonal Changes:

One, possible cause of dry hair can be a change in your hormone levels. We are constantly changing throughout our lives, and our hormones change along with us. When women are going through changes in life whether it is stress, pregnancy or menopause, it changes the output of estrogen and progesterone in the body. Normal levels of estrogen create fluid, elastic, healthy skin, nails and hair. Dr. Lindsey Marcellin explains how during times of stress, pregnancy and menopause, estrogen levels in women can decrease which may lead to dry, brittle hair. She recommends meeting with your healthcare adviser to determine the best actions to take that will assist in helping balance these shifts.

Thyroid Changes:

Two, another internal factor that may need to be addressed is changes in the thyroid. The thyroid produces a hormone in our body that is used to metabolize our food. When the thyroid hormone production decreases, this affect changes how our nutrients get metabolized and can lead to loss of hair, dry hair, skin and nails along with being fatigued. It is good to get a check-up with your naturopath or physician to run a blood test to see if this needs to be addressed.

External Factors:

Hair Products:

Sometimes the products we use for our hair can affect the dryness of it. This is especially true for mousse and hair styling sprays that contain alcohol in their ingredients. The alcohol base can create excessive dryness if the product is used regularly. Try to look for products that are alcohol free. L’Oreal Paris has two products that are good quality without the alcohol. The first is L'Oreal Everlast Mousse which is both hydrating and strong without the effects of the alcohol-based products. The second, for those of you who prefer hair-styling spray, is L'Oreal Everlast Styling Spray.

Climate Factors & Scalp Hydration:

Sometimes our scalps become dry or sensitive from washing our hair too often. The hair follicles produce natural oil that helps keep our hair and the skin of our scalp soft. "People often don't have a good hair routine," says celebrity hairstylist Jamal Hammadi, who's based in Los Angeles. "We've got a bazillion moisturizers and protectors for our face, but we're abusing and depleting our hair." Repetitive exposure to Sun, Wind and the elements can be hard on our hair. One possible solution is hydration of the scalp and hair. The following is a recipe for a wonderful aloe vera hydrating tincture that can be massaged into your hair and scalp.

Aloe Vera Hydrating Tincture:

  • 1/4 Cup - Aloe Vera Juice
  • 2 TBSP - Lemon Juice
  • 2 TBSP - Avocado oil

Mix the tincture together and refrigerate for 30 minutes. When you are ready and have 30 minutes to an hour available, take the tincture from the refrigerator. Over the sink or bathtub, apply the tincture to wet hair. Gently massage your scalp in circles from front to back. Once you have applied the tincture to your hair and scalp, relax for 30 minutes to an hour. Wash out completely. This treatment can be done once-a-week as needed to repair weather damaged hair.