Hair problems, say health experts, can be your body’s way of sending out an SOS. If you’re seeing more hair fall out in the shower these days, it could be the result of any number of health conditions including a sudden change in hormone levels, a sign of thyroid issues, a result of high fever or your body’s response to severe dieting and more.
Other factors, such as the environment, can also play a role. Air pollution, overuse of blow driers, and chemicals can cause your hair to lose its luster and the ends to split.
Here is a list of the most common hair related problems:
Dull, dry, brittle, and breaking
Hair that looks frizzy and dry is most likely is just that. We can do tremendous damage by using chemical dyes and permanents, as well as by simply blow drying our hair every morning. But in addition to being a cue that you need to treat you hair more carefully, unhealthy strands can also be an indicator of an unhealthy diet. Without adequate protein, growing hair strands won’t become as strong and resilient as they should be. And essential fatty acids (found in fish oil supplements, wild salmon, and flax seeds) may also play a role in keeping strands strong, shiny and healthy.
Some people start finding those wiry gray strands as early as their 20s, while others hold onto their natural color well into their 40s. The cause is unrelated to how healthy—or unhealthy—you are. Hair that goes gray is mostly genetic. If your parents went gray early in life, most likely so will you. The change happens most quickly in Caucasians, half of whom will be at least 50 percent gray by age 50.
People often assume that those flakes must mean that the scalp is too dry and that, like skin that’s flaking, it must obviously need more moisture to make it look better. But while some people may indeed suffer from a dry scalp, true dandruff is not a matter of dryness. It is the common name for seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory condition of the scalp that causes redness and flaking in the areas of the skin that are rich in oil glands. The best way to treat dandruff to seek out a medicated (not moisturizing) shampoo or scalp treatment.
Seeing a swarm of strands in the shower drain every morning isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm—or a signal that anything is wrong with you. It’s totally normal to lose about 100 strands of hair every day. Your head carries at least 100,000 hair follicles, so it’s possible to collect a handful or two out of the bath or hairbrush without it visibly changing the appearance of your mane. So unless you’re starting to notice visible thinning of your hair or bald spots on your scalp, chances are the loss is nothing more than natural, everyday shed
If you have an iron or protein deficiency—common with the caloric deprivation of anyone suffering from an eating disorder—it is not unusual to experience severe hair loss. That’s because the malnutrition forces the body to conserve protein by shutting down hair growth. And since more hair may also be shed without being replaced, the result can be a noticeable thinning over several months. Thyroid conditions (both an overactive thyroid and an underactive one) can also show up as increased hair loss. Once it is controlled, hair growth can usually be restored.
Your hair can offer several clues and provides important warning signs that can indicate if you are suffering from nutritional deficiencies or a significant health problem. If you feel you have a hair condition relating to your health, you should consult your dermatologist to identify the cause. With a blood sample a lab can determine iron, zinc, and biotin (vitamin B) levels, run a thyroid panel, check for anemia, or other causes.
Adding a supplement to your diet can also help restore important nutrients needed to maintain healthy hair. Try our Healthy Choice Naturals Hair, Skin and Nail Essentials. Our formula contains 8 important vitamins, minerals and nutrients combined to promote healthy hair, beautiful skin and strong nails.
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