We all have our bad hair days, but many of us miss the clues that our hair has been telling us about our health. From the texture to the thickness to the overall look, there could be an underlying condition we aren’t aware of yet. Some hair problems are harmless, but some need the attention of a health professional:
Your hair sheds up to 100 a day and that is normal. While you may not be able to count all the hair strands you lose, if you notice that you’re suddenly losing more hairs than usual, there is something wrong with your iron stores. Too much shedding could mean you have anemia, so make sure you get your blood tested. Also eat more foods that are rich in iron, including red meat, seafood, beans, and dark leafy veggies.
2. Hair Thinning
Too much shedding can also cause hair thinning. If you notice that your mane isn’t as thick as it used to be, this can be resolved with enough protein in your diet. People with gastrointestinal problems or those who had gastric bypass surgeries may not be able to digest protein efficiently. Unfortunately, some cases of hair thinning can’t be fixed because it is hereditary.
3. Dry Hair
This could mean you have hypothyroidism, especially if your hair is also thinning. This thyroid disease does not only change your hair’s appearance, but also cause tiredness, joint and muscle pains, and even weight gain. Taking thyroid medications can help control the problem.
4. Gray Hair
Too much stress can cause graying of hair. This is due to oxidative stress that affects the pigmentation of your cells. But some people don’t experience graying because it’s mostly determined by a person’s genes.
5. Brittle Hair
One of the symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome is brittle hair. This rare condition may require medications, while others need chemotherapy or surgery. Of course, there are other reasons why you have brittle hair, but check for the condition, especially if your hair suddenly becomes too brittle.
Some hair problems don’t necessarily mean that you have a health issue, such as:
- White flakes or dandruff
- Yellow dandruff due to fungi or hormonal imbalance
- Telogen effluvium caused by severe shock to the system
- Alopecia areata which can be treated by injections or hair may grow back on its own
Your locks need nutrients. There are some foods that can help you grow healthy and luscious mane. These include eggs, chicken, oysters, and carrots among others.