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Damaged Hair Follicles

Damaged Hair Follicles

Excessive hair loss is the first sign that your hair follicles have been damaged. Read the following HairGlamourista article for information on the causes and treatments of hair follicle damage.
HairGlamourista Staff
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2018
Damaged hair follicles can give nightmares to many people, especially women. This article presents certain facts that you need to know before committing to the dead hair follicles treatment. If you are experiencing hair loss, understanding the structure of hair is very crucial, before following any treatment option.
The hair has three layers, namely, the 'medulla', which is the innermost layer made up of a number of cells; the 'cortex', which surrounds the marrow or the medulla, and is made up of cells and fibrous proteins, and lastly, the 'cuticle', which is the outermost layer of the hair, which comprises a number of cells that protect the cortex. The hair root is beneath the surface of the skin, and is enclosed within the hair follicle.
Can Damaged Hair Follicles be Repaired?
Once the hair follicles are dead, it means that it is virtually impossible for new hair to grow out of them. However, if the hair follicles are not so severely damaged, certain natural treatments and precautions can restore them. Before collecting information on how to repair damaged hair follicles, we need to understand the causes which lead to this condition.
Causes
Prolonged exposure to the sun can severely damage hair follicles.
Chemicals used in hair colors and other hair treatments can cause hair loss, damage the hair follicles and the inner layers of the hair, if improper techniques are used, while providing hair treatments.
Undernourished hair due to diets, deficient in the required vitamins, minerals, and proteins, is also a cause of hair follicle damage.
Certain medications, such as those used in chemotherapy, can prove detrimental for hair health.
Not caring for the hair can damage the follicles. However, over-styling and blow drying can also damage the follicles.
Aging is an important cause of damaged follicles.
How to Repair Hair Follicles
Yes, damaged hair follicles can be repaired, but be very careful while deciding on the treatments and hair care products. The treatments for damaged hair that repair only the cuticle layer should be avoided, as they don't fully repair the hair from the innermost layers and beneath the skin surface.
Oils
Oils of various brands, available in the beauty stores, are used to treat this condition. You can use coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil for treating hair follicles. The procedure to use them is quite simple. Apply the oil in the night, massage it into the scalp, and leave it on until morning. Use a mild shampoo to wash the hair. Continue this treatment for a few months, to restore the hair follicles. Oils keep the follicles healthy and nourished. It is recommended to slightly heat the oil, before applying, to make it more effective.
Home Remedies
For treating hair follicles naturally at home, use eggs or mayonnaise. Simply apply a layer of mayonnaise on your hair, covering the whole head, or massage the egg in your hair and scalp. Leave it on for an hour, and wash with lukewarm water. This treatment is used to restore the hair that have been damaged.
Healthy Diet
The health and condition of hair is a measure of the body's health. Take a healthy diet, and it will automatically be reflected in the hair. Include lots of green vegetables and fruits in your diet, and drink at least 8-10 glasses of water everyday. Supplement your diet with lots of fruit juices too, for hair loss prevention.
Hair Care
Take proper care of your hair. When going out into the sun, cover your head with a scarf, or use an umbrella. Avoid using chemical treatments for your hair such as hair coloring, perming, etc. Go for a natural look. If you can't do that, at least give a gap of two months between two hair treatments, to give time to the hair to recover from the chemicals. Also, read and follow the instructions mentioned on product labels to avoid any damage.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, derived from the tree Melaleuca alternifolia, has many antifungal and antibacterial properties. Application of tea tree oil regularly, not only helps in treating hair follicles that are damaged but also dry hair and scalp. Simply add tea tree oil to your conditioner, and apply it on the hair. Leave it on for ten minutes, and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Various beauty salons too offer treatments for damaged hair follicles. However, most of these treatments involve deep conditioning of hair, in other words, use of chemicals, which can further deteriorate the condition of your hair. Being natural, using natural products, and eating vegetarian food is the key to lustrous, shiny, and healthy hair.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert. 
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