Do you ever look at someone and think he’s as healthy as a horse? Or within moments of meeting someone just know there’s something wrong, even though you aren’t sure why?
That sign you can’t quite put your finger on could be their hair. Because it turns out what’s on top of our head can speak volumes about our health, once you’ve learned how to listen.
What your hair reveals about your health
Following are seven things your hair is trying to tell you about your health.
1. Dry, thinning hair:
Using too many styling tools or the wrong products can cause your locks to become dry. But if you’ve noticed a definite texture change along with drying, thinning hair, it could be a sign of an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism.
Other physical symptoms of hypothyroidism to be on the lookout for include fatigue and weight gain. An easy test can reveal if your thyroid is malfunctioning.
2. Hair loss on your head, but growth elsewhere:
Are you losing hair up top but have it sprouting in other places such as along your upper lip, jaw line, and between your eyebrows? If you’re losing it where you want it and growing it where you don’t, you could be looking at a hormone imbalance.
Both symptoms are common signs of having too much testosterone circulating through your system. Check with your doc about hormone testing.
3. Dull, weak hair:
Has your hair started looking blah? Is it not as strong as it usually is? It’s time to take a closer look at your diet.
Dull and weak tresses are often a sign of a diet that’s too low in healthy fats. Healthy fats help your body absorb the nutrients it needs to keep your crowning glory shiny, and strong.
To restore your hair to tip top health eat more foods rich in good fats such as avocados, wild caught fish, nuts, chia seeds, cheese, whole eggs and extra virgin olive oil.
4. Dull, flat hair:
If your strands seems as strong as ever, but they’ve lost their shine and bounce, you may not be getting enough liquids. Dehydration can cause dull flat hair.
Shampoo commercials harp on the hydrating power of their products for good reason. H2O is vital for a healthy head of hair.
Other common signs of dehydration are hot flashes, night sweats and low energy. If you suspect dehydration is behind your own lackluster locks increase the amount of water you’re drinking during the day. And then be patient, because it can take a few weeks for your hair to bounce back.
5. Yellow dandruff:
A dry scalp often causes standard white dandruff. But if you develop yellow dandruff, your tresses might be trying to tell you something else is going on.
Yellow dandruff can mean you’ve developed a variety of inflammatory conditions, ranging from skin problems to neurological issues. Or it can be a sign that you have an overgrowth of yeast on the scalp.
You can usually treat seborrheic dermatitis, the official word for yellow dandruff, with a dandruff shampoo. But it’s also a good idea to check in with a dermatologist for a diagnosis first.
6. Your hair is frizzy and pulls out easily:
If your locks become frizzy or begin to pull out easily when you’re brushing or combing them, you may have lost too much keratin. Keratin is a protein found naturally in your hair and nails. It forms a protective layer around the shaft keeping it smooth and elastic (so it bounces back instead of pulling out).
Over styling, chemicals and heat can deplete your keratin levels. But you can encourage your body to make more by eating the right foods.
Your body needs plenty of protein to produce keratin. So putting protein rich wild caught fish, chicken, red meat, pork, eggs, and dairy on the menu could help.
Biotin rich foods such as eggs, almonds and cauliflower will help your body metabolize the amino acids needed for keratin production. And for keratin synthesis eat more vitamin A rich foods such as pumpkin, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens and carrots.
7. Crusty patches on your scalp:
Different from dandruff, crusty scab-like patches on your head are most likely a hair sign of psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes your skin to overgrow forming a scaly rash. Check with your dermatologist for a diagnosis.
Stop ignoring the messages your hair is sending. Listening to them could reveal hidden health problems.