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12 Things Your Hair Can Reveal About Your Health

It is common to think that the way we take care of our hair combined with other external factors determines the condition of our hair. However, sometimes our hair along with various other symptoms reflects what’s going wrong with our bodies. This is because there are several conditions that could create symptoms involving the hair. When you have a hair problem there could possibly be a disease that is associated with it and here are some such hair problems which could be a potential indicator of a disease:

Lifeless and dull hair
Our hair looks dull and lifeless because we neglected taking care of it, or have been dying it too frequently, or may have been using curling irons or straighteners on it a lot, or so we thought. Hair usually becomes dull in winter and hair fall is commonly brought about by the lack of microelements and vitamins in the body. This is a clear indication that your body requires more phosphorous, selenium, and sulfur. To confirm this fact, check your teeth and gums, and if you do notice any dental issues or changes that are not good, immediately consult your doctor.

Having hair full of dandruff can make it seem rather unpleasant and not to mention it causes excessive itching. Dandruff can be caused by various reasons one such reason being the fact that you could be using a lot of hair care products. Dieting to cut back on carbs and fats can also cause dandruff. Other reasons could be due to gastrointestinal tract issues, immunodeficiency, or even stress.

Yellow dandruff
Anyone who suffers from yellow dandruff could be having seborrheic dermatitis which is a dermatological pathology which is quite difficult to cure. If you are suffering from such a condition, then it won’t do you any good to use anti-dandruff shampoos. Only visiting a trichologist will help you find a solution after detecting its cause.

Thin and brittle hair
When your body is lacking in protein it may make your hair thin and brittle. Protein is the main element for building up our body and if we don’t get our daily intake of it we will find ourselves lacking in this vital nutrient which in turn impacts our nails, hair, and skin condition. In this case, it would be best to eat more fruits and consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. To get more protein if you are a vegetarian, you could consume dairy, cottage cheese, peas, lentils and vegetarian sources of protein.

An indication of other diseases
But just sometimes these symptoms are indicators of a much more serious problem. Cushing’s disease can also cause your hair to turn brittle. If you experience other symptoms such as high blood pressure, back pain, or chronic insomnia, then it surely is an indication of this disease.

Focal hair loss
Losing 100 strands of hair per day is normal, but not when there is a change in your age, or during pregnancy, or even due to other natural factors which cause you to lose more hair than usual. You may check this by just running your fingers through your hair, dragging them from the roots till the ends. If it’s perfectly good then there will be 0 to 2 strands at the most. If it’s just okay then you can expect to see 3-5 strands. However, if there are more strands in your hand, then consider consulting a doctor.

It could be due to autoimmune disease
Your hair loss could possibly be associated with issues related to your immune system or your endocrine system. Hashimoto’s disease or also hypothyroidism also causes hair loss but when the disease is treated, hair grows back. Sometimes, it could also be a sign of diabetes. But, it could also be due to stress or a lack of vitamins. Try drinking some soothing herbs to help with this.

Greasy hair
When you eat too much animal fats in your daily diet, your hair can become greasy. The best way to solve this problem will be to cut down on eating fried and greasy dishes, alcohol, coffee, smoked foods, sweets, and meat. Also, you may use tea tree oil to help improve your sebaceous glands functions by adding a few to your shampoo to remedy this condition. In case, none of these tips work then this problem may be a symptom of liver issues, metabolism problems, or hormonal failure. As such you will have to consult a professional before the situation gets any worse.

Premature Greying
Greying of hair usually depends on the genetic predisposition of a person which means that with aging the number of melanocytes which are responsible for the production of pigment begins decreasing. Women, on average see their hair turning grey by the age of 30-40. However, there are instances in which young people and teenagers experience premature greying of their hair. When it affects separate strands it is often related to chronic fatigue, a poor diet which consists of less protein, and severe stress. According to scientists, these things affect melanin production in our system and are the reason behind the premature greying of hair.

Itchy Scalp
If you have an itchy scalp and along with any of these symptoms- sores, pimples, head skin-peeling and various kinds of skin irritation then it could be a possible indication of eczema or psoriasis. To rule out this possibility, consult a dermatologist as soon as possible. Although, if you experience none of these symptoms, then the itching could be caused by a nervous system disorder, mainly due to stress. It could probably even be because of a tic disorder including nail-biting. You can drink some soothing herbs and consume vitamins B1 and B6 to help with this issue and you may also visit a neurologist.

Dry hair and split ends
As we know that protein is a very essential element for our hair, the lack of protein along with other elements like copper, and iron, which makes our hair dry and our scalp experience oxygen deficiency. Other factors which make our hair dry are the frequent use of hair dryers, and perming the hair. Dry hair is also common in people who stick to strict diets and suffer from endocrine issues. In this case, eat healthy and include redfish and carrots in your diet every now and then. This will enrich the vitamin content in your body. It would do you good to drink orange juice as it boosts iron absorption. Plus, avoid getting dehydrated by drinking sufficient water.

There are three types of split ends
Chemical impact on the hair can cause split ends. There are even various different types of split ends which involve different methods of treatment. That being said, there are 3 most common types of split ends:
  1. The feather split:it is a sign that your hair has been severely damaged and your hair has weakened due to this which has caused multiple splits along the strand. The hair then resembles straw and is quite common in women with color-treated or bleached hair. Thus, you must not bleach or dry your hair. Even limiting the use of hair dryer and curling iron is recommended. Using a special hair care product which contains OFPMA is also recommended as it is a molecule for protecting the hair.
  2. The candle/taper split: This type of split occurs when there is a loss in the outer cuticle and while it may not turn up immediately, it most likely will appear sometime soon. Getting a haircut is the best way to prevent this from happening and to protect your hair from this, treat it with essential oils. You can even install a mineral shower filter which will keep your hair protected from chlorine.
  3. The Y-split: It is the most common type of split that occurs from time to time and you needn’t cut your hair for this. You can very well protect your hair from this by using oils enriched with vitamins and moisturizing masks.
While all this information is just for your knowledge, you shouldn’t think that you actually have all or any one of these problems without consulting a doctor first. However, you may use these tips to improve the quality of your hair nonetheless.