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Dr. Ira Katz
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Dry Hair (Overview)

Dry hair is a clinical finding in which hair does not have enough moisture and it therefore loses its normal texture. This can be due to overuse of hair care products, dry air, hypothyroidism, or malnutrition.


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What are causes of dry hair and ways to treat it?

What are causes of dry hair and ways to treat it?

Shampoo less: Most dry hair is caused by over-shampooing and over-blow drying, no matter what you've read. Shampoo less frequently, perhaps only once or twice a week; add a conditioner; avoid blow drying and harsh styling products. That will work 99% of the time. If it doesn't, see your doctor to rule out an underlying cause. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
26 doctors shared insights

Dry Hair (Overview)

Dry hair is a clinical finding in which hair does not have enough moisture and it therefore loses its normal texture. This can be due to overuse of hair care products, dry air, hypothyroidism, or malnutrition.


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How do I get dry hair?

Shampoo, blow dry: Most dry hair is caused by over-shampooing and over-blow drying, no matter what you've read. Shampoo less frequently, perhaps only once or twice a week; add a conditioner; avoid blow drying and harsh styling products. That will work 99% of the time. If it doesn't, see your doctor to rule out an underlying cause. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing the skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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How can I treat dry hair?

Healthy hair: Get deep conditioning tx's. Get adequate sleep,avoid excess sugar & fat, v carbonated drinks, eat enough protein, exercise regularly. Insure you have adequate Iron (like kale & other dark green leafies), Omega 3 fatty acids (like walnuts),vit.E (fruits & veggies), D & B vitamins, biotin & zinc. Avoid sulfates & formaldehyde in shampoos, excessive blow dry heat & curling irons. ...Read more

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Whats the best shampooing tips and conditioning treatment for dry hair?

Whats the best shampooing tips and conditioning treatment for dry hair?

Less of 1, more of 2: Most dry hair is caused by over-shampooing and over-blow drying, no matter what you've read. Shampoo less frequently, perhaps only once or twice a week; add a conditioner (any good one will do); avoid blow drying and harsh styling products. That will work 99% of the time. If it doesn't, see your doctor to rule out an underlying cause. ...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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What is the best way to get rid of dandruff and dry hair?

What is the best way to get rid of dandruff and dry hair?

Shampoo: Use an antidandruff shampoo (zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, tar) followed by a hair conditioner every other day. ...Read more

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Can birth control pill cause brittle dry hair?

Can birth control pill cause brittle dry hair?

Progesterone: Hair changes of shedding and thinning are often seen in Progesterone sensitive women. Consult with your gynecologist before quitting the pill since these changes are completely reversible . You don't want to risk an unplanned pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have irregular menses, heavy eye's, continuous dark circles, dry hair, thyroid-normal , hb-11.2, father had renal failure, can u please help?

I have irregular menses, heavy eye's, continuous dark circles, dry hair, thyroid-normal , hb-11.2, father had renal failure, can u please help?

Ok, hold on, don't : Go make your will yet. Sleeping well at night? Stress level elevated? Crying spells? Issues with weight? You may be having irregular menses b/c you are not ovulating regularly. This is pcos, usually. This can put you at risk for a mood problem, often signified by sleep disruption. There is a link to diabetes, if pcos, metformin can help and prevent dm in many cases. I'm sure ur kidneys r ok. ...Read more