From air pollution, to stress, to hormone imbalance and more, these 4 things can wreak havoc with your hair.

1. Pollution

Unfortunately, pollution isn’t just in the air. Invisible particles from smog, dust and airborne debris fall in your hair strands and on your scalp. Once there, their toxic structure is absorbed, leaving you with scalp irritation, itchiness, and oiliness.

Until hats come back in style, there isn’t much you can do about air pollution damaging your hair and scalp, at least while you’re outside. But if you find that the irritation is intense, keep windows closed while indoors and wash hair with a shampoo that is effective against lingering irritants.

2. Hair Spray Residue

If your hair is unruly, you might actually be contributing to the problem by using too much hair spray Even light hair spray formulations contain drying ingredients like alcohol. The more often you use hair spray, the more frequently you’re drying out strands, making them stiff and harder to style. It’s a vicious cycle.

Try to break the cycle by opting for dry shampoo instead of hair spray. Spray or sprinkle dry shampoo just at the roots to give your hair a little lift. If you just can’t resist a little hair spray, apply it to your hairbrush instead of directly on your hair. That way, you’ll loose less of it, and apply only where needed.

3. Faulty Thyroid Activity

Did you know that an underactive or overactive thyroid can lead to thinning hair? Symptoms include dry, frizzy hair, and a widening part. The thyroid plays a part in the various phases of hair growth, so when the thyroid isn’t working properly, it shows up in your hair.

Checking for a faulty thyroid is only a matter of a simple blood test, so if your hair has undergone some troubling changes, it’s worth a visit to your physician to see if your thyroid is at the root of the problem.

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4. Stress

Stress can lead to hair fall and hair that won’t grow. What happens is that when you have chronic stress, your body releases a chemical that makes your follicles go into hibernation mode. Hair falls out and doesn’t grow back in.

If you are dealing with an inordinate amount of stress, it’s critical to find ways to alleviate it or deal with it so the burden is lessened.

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It’s true that you can tell a lot about the your health from your hair. If your hair isn’t what it used to be, maybe one of these culprits is the reason.