Does your health affect your hair? How to tell if your locks are telling the truth Posted on October 10, 2016 by , 0 comments

 

It’s not just our skin that tells stories about our health—our hair has plenty to say too. Oftentimes if something is amiss with our hair, be it the color, texture, or body, we turn to hair care products for the solution. But sometimes the answer to better hair is better health. So what is our hair trying to tell us?

Hair loss

Normal shedding occurs after the hair follicle has stopped growing for at least three to four months. This is after a growth cycle that lasts about three years. We lose about 100 hairs per day, and that is normal. If a strong physiological change takes place that causes a normal hair follicle to stop growing before the growing cycle is complete, it will fall out prematurely. Sometimes this can be caused by a significant stress, changes in our hormones, medications, vitamin deficiencies or even an underlying condition. Basically, if you are too young for normal hair loss that is associated with aging, it is time to see the doctor to find out why. 

Hair breakage:

If what you’re seeing is partial strands of hair, as opposed to the entire hair length, on your towel or pillow, you may have hair breakage occurring. This can be a result of chemical treatments to the hair or harsh hair products. It may also been an indication that there isn’t enough omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. Regardless, talk to your healthcare provider about what you can do to limit or stop hair breakage.

Change of color:

Yes, stress does turn your hair gray, but so do genetics. Dermatologists don’t know why stress or trauma turns hair gray in some people. What they do know is that the kind of stress that affects the color of the hair has to do with long-term stress that impacts the whole body. This is the kind of stress that causes changes in appetite, diet, sleep, and increased levels of stress hormones in the brain. Pregnancy can also cause the hair to change color either temporarily or permanently.

Dry, scaly patches on the scalp

If it’s a little more than dandruff, you may be dealing with a skin condition. In some instances a change in shampoo and conditioners can handle a few flakes. In others, it may be a sign that your immune system is trying to tell you something or that you may have a fungal infection. Either way, talk to your health care provider or a dermatologist.

Change of texture or dryness

Sometimes hair can feel as if it’s all falling out when in actuality it is just the lack of body or elasticity that is missing. Dry, limp, or brittle hair can be a result of over styling or using harsh products, but it can also be a sign that something is amiss internally. If other symptoms have shown up in your life, including a change in weight or feeling hot or cold all of the time, talk to your healthcare provider to find out why.

What has your hair told you about your health? Tell us in the comments below!