Dr. Puneet Agarwal 12-09-2020 Consult
Most of us are completely oblivious to the fact that our hair can actually reveal some deep, insightful secrets about our health. Here are some of my insights-
1. Falling Hair
Probably the most common hair complaint, this problem can be tied to a number of different factors. Usually, iron deficiency or anemia plays a major role. If anemia is what is aggravating the problem, iron-rich foods or supplements could help control it.
Hormonal imbalances like fluctuations in levels of insulin, thyroid, or reproductive hormones can result in hair loss too. Because of the huge variance in the actual cause of excessive hair loss, your best bet is to schedule an appointment with a Dermatologist.
2. Dry Hair
For starters, get rid of those hair straighteners and cut down on your use of blow dryers, as they can cause severe hair damage. Exposure to extreme temperatures has a drying effect on the hair, as does an arid environment. There could also be medical reasons contributing to the problem such as hormonal changes from birth control, pregnancy, thyroid disorders, and so on. Oiling is one of the best ways to add moisture to the hair and keep it strong and shiny.
Contrary to what most people believe, dandruff is not a result of dry skin. In fact, people with greasy skin are more at risk, because it is actually caused by yeast overgrowth on an oily scalp. It is usually accompanied with itching. Lemon juice is one of the best known treatments for getting rid of dandruff, as the acidity of lemon keeps the dandruff at bay.
4. Itchy Scalp
The oily substance secreted by the glands in the hair, sebum acts as a natural conditioner. When sebum levels are low, you experience an itchy scalp. However, an itchy scalp can also be indicative of a vitamin deficiency. Monitoring your diet and including good sources of beta-carotene like carrots can help beat the problem.
Sometimes all this could mean is that a trip to the salon is in order. However, excessive dryness and other complications like an insufficiency of fatty acids can also result in split-ends. If this issue has been bothering you for a while, chuck that hair brush and use a wide-toothed comb for untangling your locks, and you'll be good to go!
6. Changing Texture
Lackluster and dull hair also points towards an overindulgence in fast food and nutritional deficiencies - low levels of protein intake are a common cause for such problems. Pay more attention to including a balanced diet and drink a good amount of water to overcome this problem.
7. Not Growing Out
This essentially indicates a protein deficiency in the body. Your hair is mostly made up of protein, so obviously if there is an insufficiency, growth of hair follicles will be adversely affected. For this hair problem, a protein-rich diet of eggs, meat or fish will do the trick.
So, the next time you peer into the mirror, don't just look for those signs of an annoyingly bad hair day, but also keep a lookout for what your hair is trying to tell you about your health.