Hair and Scalp Problems Print

The state of your hair and scalp is indicative of your overall health. Your hair can act as an early warning signal, in that almost any illness or stress can cause dull or lifeless hair. It can therefore signal deficiencies in minerals and vitamins.

The hair can also be harmed by over exposure to chemicals (dyes, tints, perms etc.), heat from styling appliances and excessive brushing and combing.


Greasy Hair
The scalp glands secretes sebum, an oily substance which gives hair its shine. Overproduction of sebum results in lank, greasy hair. In such cases hair should be frequently washed, using mild shampoo. It has been suggested that cutting down on sugary foods may prevent oily scalps.

Dry Scalp & Dandruff
This may be due to zinc deficiency.  Include zinc-rich food in your diet, e.g. shellfish (especially oyster), red meat and pumpkin seeds. Omega-3 fatty acids are good for preventing dry skin and flaking of the scalp. Oily fish are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, e.g. sardines, herring, mackerel, trout and salmon. Serious dandruff which does not respond to shampoo may reflect a deeper problem. One should consult a doctor in such cases.

Hair Loss

Hair loss is normal, hair drops to make place for new hair. Healthy adults shed 50 – 100 strands a day. Most excessive hair loss is due to male pattern baldness, a genetic condition. Other causes include pregnancy, anaemia, thyroid disorders and circulatory problems.

Stress is thought to be the cause of many cases alopecia areata, a condition on which patches of baldness appear, regrows and appears elsewhere. People suffering from stress often suffer from B vitamins deficiency. B vitamins are essential for healthy hair. They are found in wholegrain cereals, eggs, oily fish, yeast extracts, peas, natural yoghurt and milk.

Vitamin A deficiency dulls the hair. Eggs, liver, carrots, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes and dried apricots can be eaten to help with this.



The Sunnah benefits us in both worlds. Some Hadith pertaining to the hair:

  • “He who has hair should honour it” i.e. look after it [Ab? D?w?d].
  • “Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam forbade from combing their hair except every second day.” i.e. males should not obsess with appearance. [Ab? D?w?d]
  • “Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam often rubbed oil in his head and also often combed his beard. He put a cloth over his head, which became like an oil cloth due to the frequent use of oil.”  [Tirmizi]
  • “Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam liked to begin with the right while combing his hair; while performing ablution (wudhu) and when putting on his shoes. [Tirmi??]
  • "I saw that the hair of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had been coloured." [Tirmi??]


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