Whether you are enjoying a day of pampering at the salon, annoyed with a bad hair day, or admiring a new cut on your favorite star, not a single day passes when you don’t think about your hair. What you might not consider is what your hair can say about your health. At HRC – Hair Restoration of California, we know hair and what its appearance, thickness, and feel mean in regard to your overall health. Changes in your hair can mean signal health issues, nutritional deficiencies, or even stress. Let’s explore some of the common messages your hair may be sending you about your health.
Health and Genetics
As a part of your body’s natural hair growth, resting, and shedding cycle, some shedding or thinning is normal. Your hair goes through the cycle, shedding between 50 and 150 hairs per day. Higher than normal shedding can be the result of a number of health issues, but genetics is a likely cause. Male and female pattern baldness causes most hair loss, as the result of genetic predisposition and hormonal changes. Going gray is also natural, even premature gray hair is genetic. Loss of pigmentation comes with aging, a result of hair follicles producing less color.
Too Much Stress?
Stress can cause changes in your hair. Chronic stress may even contribute to graying, a result of damaged DNA. Stress can also make your hair shed more than normal. Oxidative stress, another form of stress, occurs when free radicals hinder the body’s ability to heal itself, thus causing gray hair and hair loss. If you believe stress is causing issues with your hair, your might consider adding stress management techniques to your daily routine like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing.
Is It Your Thyroid?
Another relatively common cause of dry, brittle hair and hair thinning is your thyroid gland. Whether your thyroid is not producing a sufficient amount of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) or it is overproducing thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism), the result can be brittle, thinning hair along with other symptoms. From either condition a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test can determine whether your thyroid is at fault for the changes in your hair. Medication is used to treat either condition. In some cases, other thyroid disorders, can result in autoimmune disorders, like alopecia areata, which is caused when the body’s immune system attacks your hair follicles.
A Nutritional Deficiency?
If you are noting changes in the appearance of your hair as well as abnormal hair shedding, it could be the result of a nutritional deficiency. For example, low iron stores (anemia) can result in more than normal hair loss. Vegetarians, as well as females who experience heavy menstrual cycles are at risk for hair changes from low iron. Adding foods high in iron or taking an iron supplement can help. Hair loss has also been linked to protein deficiency which can be remedied by adding Greek yogurt, chickpeas, chicken breasts, or other healthy sources of protein to your diet. Obviously, nutrients are important for the health of your hair, as well you body, which means a poor diet can damage your hair and negatively affect its growth cycles. A diet well-balanced in vital nutrients (like vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, and other lean proteins) is always best for hair and overall health
Solutions for Your Hair and Your Health
Changes in your hair’s look, texture, or thickness, may cause you concern, but at HRC-Hair Restoration of California, we can help. We offer free consultations to help you determine the causes of those changes and then work with you to find the solutions for your hair and your health. Our solutions can help you keep your hair and scalp healthy, preserve your hair, or restore you to a fabulous, beautiful head of hair. Our full scalp analysis can uncover whatever your hair is telling you and provide the proven, effective solutions to help you. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step toward a healthy head of hair.