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Many of us are frustrated often by unruly hair problems, ranging from bad hair to dandruff, while some suffer from excess or unwanted hair. This Q&A guide will help you with various hair related problems.

Q: Why is my hair constantly breaking?

A: Your hair may be weakened by overuse of chemical treatments like perms, hair straighteners, or dyes. Heating through the use of excessive blow drying can also cause it to become dry and break easier. Remember to treat your hair well, and use specially formulated hair moisturizing shampoos and conditioners.

Q: How long does hair take to grow?

A: Hair on your head grows at about a rate of about 1.5 cm per month for two to six years. If you are planning to grow out your hair, this can take a long time.

Q: Why does my hair change during pregnancy?

A: Hair will tend to become thicker during pregnancy due to hormonal changes within the body. However, the change is temporary, and many women will find that they lose hair a few months following pregnancy as their hormonal changes shift again.

Q: Where does this dandruff come from?

A: Dandruff is not infectious, but it can be an embarrassing condition as it is so visible. Dandruff is caused by increased amounts of yeasts on the skin. Stress, alcohol consumption, and certain drugs can also increase the chances of getting dandruff.

Q: What can I do about my itchy and flaky scalp?

A: There are many available over the counter dandruff shampoos that can help control dandruff and itching. These shampoos should contain coal tar, salicylic acid, selenium sulphide, ketoconazole, or zinc pyrithione. The use of these products two to three times a week should control your dandruff. If your condition does not improve, consult your doctor.

Q: Why is my face, in particular the eyebrows and the side of my nose itchy?

A: The yeast that causes dandruff can also appear on the face, causing a condition called seborrheic dermatitis. Medicated shampoos containing ketoconazole or zinc pyrithione can inhibit the yeast that causes dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.

Q: Can I get rid of excess facial hair?

A: The growth of excess hair is called hirsutism, and can be a problem for many women. The hair can grow on the upper lips, face, or elsewhere on the body. This hair growth is caused by increased production of androgen, or by oversensitivity to androgen. There are several treatment options available for hirsutism. Consult your doctor for more information about what works best for you.

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