5 Things Your Hair Says About Your Health
If you’re having one bad hair day after another, take a closer look. Brittle, lackluster or thinning hair could be an insight on what’s going on inside your body.
You can tell a lot about a person from the state of their hair—their mood, their morning routine, and their sense of style. And while much about our hair is determined by our genes, our lifestyle also impacts our tresses.
From thinning hair to brittle ends, here are a few things your hair may be revealing about your health:
- Falling hair
Hair fall could signal several things. For one, you may not be getting enough iron in your diet. Outside of that, it could also be related to hormone imbalances and fluctuations like pregnancy, menopause, hypothyroidism, or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
- Dry hair
An environment with extreme temperatures can cause your hair to dry out. It could also mean that you need to go easy on your heat-styling products. Like hairloss, it could also indicate hormonal changes from a thyroid condition, pregnancy, or even birth control.
- Split ends
Frazzled ends could mean that it’s time for another trim, or it could signal hair dryness. You may also want to take a look at how you untangle your hair. Avoid tugging or pulling at wet hair. Also, use a wide-tooth comb to untangle your hair starting from the ends up to the root.
- Slow hair growth
This could mean that you are not getting enough protein and other important nutrients. Load up on foods that are high in hair-boosting nutrients like protein, B-vitamins, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids to aid in the growth process.
- Thinning hair
Genetics is the primary cause of this; if someone in your family experiences this, there’s a chance you’ll go through the same thing. Poor nutrition, certain types of birth control, and stressful life events can also cause thinning hair.