We all love to have those good hair days, when we can step out with oomph and flaunt those lovely tresses. At other times, we do our best to style our hair, hide the frizz and conceal those split ends. But most of us are completely oblivious to the fact that our hair can actually reveal some deep, insightful secrets about our health.
What Your Hair Says About Your Health
Probably the most common hair complaint, this problem can be tied to a number of different factors. Usually, iron deficiency or anemia plays a major role. If anemia is what is aggravating the problem, iron-rich foods or supplements could help control it.
Hormonal imbalances like fluctuations in levels of insulin, thyroid, or reproductive hormones can result in hair loss too. Because of the huge variance in the actual cause of excessive hair loss, your best bet is to schedule an appointment with a doctor.
Contrary to what most people believe, dandruff is not a result of dry skin. In fact, people with greasy skin are more at risk, because it is actually caused by yeast overgrowth on an oily scalp. It is usually accompanied with itching.
Lemon juice is one of the best known treatments for getting rid of dandruff, as the acidity of lemon keeps the dandruff at bay. There are also plenty of anti-dandruff shampoos available, but it’s important to understand that the trick is to avoid over cleansing too, as this can lead to dry and damaged hair.
For starters, get rid of those hair straighteners and cut down on your use of blow driers, as they can cause severe hair damage. Exposure to extreme temperatures has a drying effect on the hair, as does an arid environment. There could also be medical reasons contributing to the problem such as hormonal changes from birth control, pregnancy, thyroid disorders, and so on.
Oiling is one of the best ways to add moisture to the hair and keep it strong and shiny. Products with alcohols can exacerbate the issue, so it’s best to steer clear of them. If this doesn’t make it better, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your dermat to get to the root cause.
Sometimes all this could mean is that a trip to the salon is in order. However, excessive dryness and other complications like an insufficiency of fatty acids can also result in split-ends.
If this issue has been bothering you for a while, chuck that hair brush and use a wide-toothed comb for untangling your locks, and you’ll be good to go!
The oily substance secreted by the glands in the hair, sebum acts as a natural conditioner. When sebum levels are low, you experience an itchy scalp. However, an itchy scalp can also be indicative of a vitamin deficiency. Monitoring your diet and including good sources of beta-carotene like carrots can help beat the problem.
Although we hate to scare you, if a healthy diet and hair care routine does not solve the problem, you may want to inspect your hair and scalp more closely for lice, one of the most pesky yet common causes for an itchy scalp.
In most cases, textural changes are simply associated with advancing age – like your skin, your hair ages too. In fact, hair texture changes every couple of years and forensics experts can even tell your age from your hair!
Lackluster and dull hair also points towards an overindulgence in fast food and nutritional deficiencies – low levels of protein intake are a common cause for such problems. Pay more attention to including a balanced diet and drink a good amount of water to overcome this problem.
Not Growing Out
This essentially indicates a protein deficiency in the body. Your hair is mostly made up of protein, so obviously if there is an insufficiency, growth of hair follicles will be adversely affected.
For this hair problem, a protein-rich diet of eggs, meat or fish will do the trick. For vegetarians, there are other power-packed protein options available that will aid the growth process.
No, going gray doesn’t just mean you’re growing old. There could be other reasons for early graying, such as genes that predispose an individual to graying. Many also believe old wives’ tales that stress can actually turn the hair gray. Severe stress can increase the level of free radicals and accelerate graying. This can also affect levels of melanin absorbed by the hair follicles, resulting in discoloration and graying.
In this scenario there isn’t much that you can do except to kick back and relax to lower those stress levels, and hope that the graying stops!
Scaly patches on your hairline are not the same as dandruff. In fact, they could be a symptomatic of a skin condition known as psoriasis. An auto-immune condition, this disorder makes skin cells buildup abnormally, causing itchiness, dryness, and scaly patches.
A visit to your doctor would be a good idea in this case, as the condition sometimes tends to occur in conjunction with other auto immune diseases.
So, the next time you peer into the mirror, don’t just look for those signs of an annoyingly bad hair day, but also keep a lookout for what your hair is trying to tell you about your health.
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