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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Brittle Hair (Overview)

Hairs are strands that grow from the epidermis and are composed of Keratin. Brittle hair is in poor health, is fragile and may break off easily.


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Does hypothyroid cause brittle hair?

Does hypothyroid cause brittle hair?

May: Thyroid disease can cause many changes in your hair, including fragile brittle hair. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
61 doctors shared insights

Brittle Hair (Overview)

Hairs are strands that grow from the epidermis and are composed of Keratin. Brittle hair is in poor health, is fragile and may break off easily.


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Apart from conditioners what can you do to soften brittle hair?

Brittle Hair - Eval: Brittle hair may be due to thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, intrinsic problems of the scalp, and other specific disease states. Have your physician do a complete comprehensive physical exam and laboratory battery of tests. ...Read more

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For first time I have brittle hair. Something to do with the diet or having to use cheaper products?

Brittle hair: Brittle hair is caused by a lack of moisture and oils needed to maintain soft hair and sheen. This can be a sign that you need to change your hair treatment such as less blow drying, changing shampoos or less swimming in chlorinated swimming pools. It could also be a sign of a more serious medical condition. If your hair is always brittle, as a precaution, you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have protein c & s deficiency in the first stages. I am also 29 with brittle hair and nails. Is this related and can I prevent more breakage?

I have protein c & s deficiency in the first stages.  I am also 29 with brittle hair and nails.  Is this related and can I prevent more breakage?

Unrelated: Please get your physicians to clarify what's meant by "protein c & s deficiency in the first stages." i'm familiar with both of these and they won't make your hair or nails brittle. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health & hope that the blood abnormality never proves seriously troublesome. ...Read more

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Reducing Ingrown Hairs (Checklist)

See a dermatologist for topical and/or oral antibacterials if needed
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Can you really repair hair damaged by chemical straightening I have done it once and still i get dry and brittle hair i shaved my hair but no differen?

It takes time: Hair can get damaged by chemical straightening but it's going to take some time for the hair to get back to normal. Once the effects on the hair roots have worn off, you can expect your hair to return to the way it was before the chemicals. ...Read more

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What can cause dry and brittle hair?

Multiple things: It could just be a natural part of aging, but thyroid dysfunction could contribute to it. Your physician can check for this. Malnourishment or deficiencies in some vitamins or minerals can also cause it. ...Read more

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Managing Hair Loss (Checklist)

Eat foods high in protein, low in sugars
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Don't tie your hair too tightly
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Use deep oil conditioning at least weekly
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Are there any home remedies for my brittle hair?

Are there any home remedies for my brittle hair?

Yes: Try not to wash your hair too often. Limit to twice a week if possible. Instead of shampoo, take a few teaspoons of baking soda and mix with a cup of warm water. It doesn't dissolve very well. Pour over scalp and work into hair. Rinse thoroughly. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Brittle hair?

Brittle hair: Hairs are strands that grow from the epidermis and are composed of Keratin. Brittle hair is in poor health, is fragile and may break off easily. ...Read more

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Apart from conditioners what can you do to soften brittle hair?

Brittle Hair - Eval: Brittle hair may be due to thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, intrinsic problems of the scalp, and other specific disease states. Have your physician do a complete comprehensive physical exam and laboratory battery of tests. ...Read more

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Hi what can I do to sort out my dry brittle hair? What can I use that would b good for my hair ?

Hi what can I do to sort out my dry brittle hair? What can I use that would b good for my hair ?

Dry, brittle hair: There are so many possible causes of dry hair, I couldn't even list them here. Start by ruling out medical causes such as hypothyroidism, parathyroid issues, and anorexia. Consider checking out this website for more information: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003245.htm ...Read more

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For first time I have brittle hair. Something to do with the diet or having to use cheaper products?

Brittle hair: Brittle hair is caused by a lack of moisture and oils needed to maintain soft hair and sheen. This can be a sign that you need to change your hair treatment such as less blow drying, changing shampoos or less swimming in chlorinated swimming pools. It could also be a sign of a more serious medical condition. If your hair is always brittle, as a precaution, you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I would like advice on extrmely damaged brittle hair/split ends?

Hair damage: It is probably easiest to get a hair trim to deal with split ends. ...Read more

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Does hypothyroid cause brittle hair?

May: Thyroid disease can cause many changes in your hair, including fragile brittle hair. ...Read more

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Can you really repair hair damaged by chemical straightening I have done it once and still i get dry and brittle hair i shaved my hair but no differen?

It takes time: Hair can get damaged by chemical straightening but it's going to take some time for the hair to get back to normal. Once the effects on the hair roots have worn off, you can expect your hair to return to the way it was before the chemicals. ...Read more

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How to restore dry brittle hair after thyroid removal?

How to restore dry brittle hair after thyroid removal?

Thyroid replacement: Take the proper dose of brand name thyroid replacement (t4). Your hair will eventually grow back out normally, but it may take 6-8 months depending upon the length of your hair. Also, any chemicals (coloring agents, straighteners, etc) can also cause brittle hair no matter what your thyroid status is. ...Read more