By Emelyne of Nubian Tresses

Struggling with hair that is exceptionally brittle? It may be the result of one of these four conditions.

1. Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a beautiful condition but with it comes a lot of physical changes and hair is often one of them. Many women experience lush, thick, glossy hair during pregnancy but this is not always the case. A lot of women experience dryness, breaking and even some balding during pregnancy. Sometimes hormones are to blame, but if you’re pregnant and experiencing any of these symptoms, go to a doctor and make sure than you are not suffering from malnutrition of a hormonal imbalance.

2. Anemia

Many women of African descent suffer from chronic anemia, an iron deficiently that can be relatively tame to the point of going completely ignored and untreated one’s entire life. There are more severe types of anemia which can be cause for medical concern, but regardless of whether it’s acute or severe, anemic can often suffer from brittle, breaking hair as a result. If you are anemic, an iron supplement could be the magic pill which eases your breakage woes and leads to length retention.

3. Hypothyroid

Thyroid disorders are fairly common in women as well and since hypothyroidism depletes the body of potassium, calcium, and vitamin D, the hair suffers as well. The hair is left dry and even grows at a significantly slower rate. If you have hypothyroid and suffer from dry skin, your condition could also be behind the dryness in your hair. A proper diagnosis and treatment could do for many suffers of this illness what no amount of deep conditioning could ever do: keep their hair shiny, soft, and strong.

4. Malnourishment

Like hypothyroidism and anemia, malnourishment implies a lack of much needed vitamins and minerals. While there are supplements for just about everything on the market, there is absolutely no substitute for a balanced diet, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and purified water. If you are vegetarian or vegan, make sure that all the iron, calcium, and protein that could be gained from meat and animal products is being obtained elsewhere. Hair is only alive at the follicle and the hair that sits on our heads is a representation of the health of the owner’s body. Many naturals spend an obscene amount of time washing, conditioning, deep conditioning, detangling, and styling their hair with tools and products when the solution could be as simple (not to mention beneficial for the entire body) as tweaking their diets.

Ladies, have you dealt with exceptionally brittle hair? What was the root cause?

Written by SoVAiN Williams — December 04, 2012

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