Hair is much more than hair. It’s a living, breathing part of the body that can be used for identification purposes, as well as help to determine your overall health.
Many hair conditions affect hair growth and hair quality, which in turn affects our health too. We’ll talk about some of these hair conditions and how they are connected to our general well-being.
6 things your hair is saying about your health
Whether you spend a long time in the morning to style your hair or get out of bed, you might think that your hair is just decorative. But it can tell you things about your health.
Shiny, bright, long hair usually means that a person is healthy. However, when people’s hair is not shiny and bright or long, it can mean they have a medical condition. This might be the result of a condition related to hormones, genetics, or thyroid changes.
Here are some things you need to know about your hair. If your hair is trying to tell you that something is wrong, then it might be time to see a doctor.
1. Vitamin deficiency
A healthy diet is crucial to your well-being. However, if you don’t get enough of the right food, that can impact your hair.
Anything that may make you eat less protein, carbohydrates, or food, in general, can lead to hair loss. If you want to have healthy hair and a healthy scalp, make sure that you eat a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Crash diets are bad for your body. They can make you sick and make your hair fall out. Instead, you should eat many vitamins, A, B, C, D, and E. If you are unsure what to eat or what vitamins you need to take, talk to a credentialed nutritionist.
2. Hormones went crazy
Changes in hormones can change hair. For some people, it can be due to age or genetics. But for others, it might be caused by PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects 5 million women of reproductive age in the U.S. Symptoms include hair loss and excess hair growth, acne, and menstrual irregularities.
Treatment often takes a lot of changes in your lifestyle and includes taking medicines to help balance hormones and keep the metabolism going well.
3. Alopecia Areata
You might have a condition called alopecia areata. In this condition, the hair falls out in well-defined patches. It is common, and it happens when inflammatory cells attack the follicles. A doctor can give you treatment to help your hair grow back.
When you are stressed, your hair falls out. One way this happens is because there’s too much of the hormone cortisol in your body. The more stress, the more cortisol. This makes our sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands stronger, which means that they can make our hair fall out.
There are many ways to take care of your hair. Of course, the best way is not to have too much stress. But, in the meantime, taking a vitamin B complex supplement can help you get stronger and healthy again. If you are deficient, this supplement can support growth.
5. Thyroid Issues
When people have an overactive or underactive thyroid, they have hair that is thin and brittle.
If you notice these changes, I recommend asking your primary care provider to test your thyroid levels.
If you are already on medication for the thyroid, talk with your doctor about adjusting it. You can also ask a board-certified dermatologist about other ways to help the hair grow again.
6. You’re pregnant or had a baby
Some pregnant women have hair that is thicker and shinier. It doesn’t matter if they are happy or sad. The hormones make their hair thicker. But after they give birth, it can change. They might shed a lot of their hair around three months after giving birth because of different hormones in their body. This is normal and usually gets better over time.
What is hair?
Most people have hair and spend some time each day brushing it. Yet, we do not think about what hair is—and how it grows.
Just like our skin is made up of three layers–the outer epidermis, the middle dermis (the layered hair grows out of), and the deeper hypodermis–hair is also made up of three layers.
The inner layer is called the medulla, which can be absent in fine locks. The second layer is called the cortex and makes up most of our hair. Finally, the outer cuticle protects your hair from damage.
Hair grows out of the follicle. The follicle cycles through phases called the anagen, catagen, telogen, and exogen. At any given time, there are around 90% of follicles in the anagen phase.
We also lose about 100 hairs each day as follicles enter the telogen phase.
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