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What Your Hair Says About Your Health

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Hair problems can be totally harmless – if upsetting – or they can mean something much more serious.

Your hair is a great barometer of your general health. A receding hairline or excessive hair fall might point to a deeper problem. Indeed! The condition of your hair and health are hugely intertwined. This is because your hair’s microcirculation is highly dependent on your hormones being stable, and also on your body being nutritionally sound. In small but significant ways, your hair is telling you what to pay attention to. Here’s what your hair says about your overall health.

Your hair is falling out in clumps
Nothing upsets a woman more than seeing lumps of hair on the floor or on a hairbrush. But finding out the real cause is important to treat it right. It’s normal for dead hair to fall and be replaced. So, a loss of 50-100 strands daily is normal. But when hair loss exceeds this number, it’s referred to as pathological hair loss and is a cause for concern. There can be several factors causing such excess hair loss, such as stress, excess styling, iron deficiency, genetics or serious diseases such as anemia, thyroid disorders, and autoimmune diseases. So, do check in with your doctor if you’re worried and have been experiencing extreme hair loss for a prolonged period of time.

Your hair is thinning out!
Hair thinning is the beginning of hair fall problems and shows that your mane is not very healthy. Hair thinning can be caused by a multitude of problems, including too many hair treatments, damaging hair habits, nutritional deficiencies and hormonal problems. It could also be a genetic issue or caused by ageing. We recommend checking with your doctor to determine the cause – the next time you face hair thinning.

You have a flaky scalp
Dandruff, although hardly life-threatening, can be seriously annoying — and sometimes a little embarrassing too! But luckily, if you’ve got a dry, flaky scalp, that probably just means you’re either using too many products or you’re a bit stressed. It can even be iron deficiency. So we suggest to, first, identify the cause, then get it treated. A dermatologist can diagnose the issue and prescribe the right medication. Also, you might want to try an exfoliating scalp mask to get rid of that dead skin.

You’re hair is developing a dry and rough texture
While some of us have a dry and rough texture of hair, others find that over time, their silky mane has become rough. We do not have the same hair we are born with, and often, the texture changes every 10 to 15 years on account of fluctuations in hormone levels, medical conditions and food intake. To remedy this, we recommend checking your hormone levels and rectifying any issues with the help of experts. Besides, wrong products can also cause rough hair. So do check the products you’re using on your luscious locks.

You’re going grey a little early
Unfortunately genetics is mostly to blame for those pesky greys, so there isn’t much you can do other than find a good colorist. Going gray generally isn’t indicative of any health problems, but if you suddenly find your hair greying and you are under 35, this could be due to a lack of vitamin B and folic acid. Also, do check your thyroid, as low thyroid can cause hair whitening. Experts have found that taking supplements and getting a decent amount of sun exposure can help restore your color.

You’re hair looks dull and lifeless
Does your hair look lifeless and limp? If yes, then perhaps you are not eating right. You’re either eating too much junk food or are dehydrated. Junk food does not have any nutrition but is just loaded with calories, which affects your overall health and hair too! We advise you to include lots of vegetables, fruits and proteins in your diet. Also, having enough water is essential. So,ensure you drink at least two or three litres of fluid a day and avoid alcohol, sugar and caffeine.

You have brittle hair
Under some circumstances, brittle hair can be a sign of what’s known as Cushing’s syndrome. Cushing’s syndrome, also sometimes known as hypercortisolism, is when there are large amounts of cortisol — otherwise known as the stress hormone — in the body. If brittle hair is coupled with other symptoms like weight gain, thinning skin, muscle weakness or a variety of other possible symptoms, see a doctor right away.

You have a known hair disorder
People with hair disorders due to mutations of the hair protein keratin—say, anagen hair syndrome, in which hair pulls out easily—have a high risk of cavities, as per some experts. Keratin is an essential building block for both your hair and tooth enamel, and mutations of the protein also result in a softer tooth surface that is susceptible to bacteria and decay. If you have a known hair disorder, it’s best to take steps to be extra vigilant about dental health (such as flossing daily and scheduling regular dental visits).

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Monika Doshi

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