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What Does Your Hair And Scalp Say About Your Health?

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Curejoy Expert James Dudley Explains:

Hair is produced by hair follicles situated in the deepest layer of the skin and is composed mostly of dead protein and pigment. The quality, thickness and texture of the hair is reflected in the changes in the body’s metabolism. Listed are a few signs of what your hair and scalp say about your health

1. Gray Hair: Gray hair usually isn’t a sign of poor health, though anemia, thyroid issues, vitamin B-12 deficiency, and vitiligo can cause premature graying.

2. Dry/Limp Hair: Many factors can lead to over-dry hair, including hair dyes, hair blowers, and swimming in chlorinated water. But a significant change in texture that leaves hair feeling finer, with less body, can be an indicator hypothyroidism. Some people conclude that their hair is thinning because it feels as if there’s less of it, but the thinning is due more to the texture of the hair itself becoming finer and weaker than to individual hairs falling out (though that happens too). Other signs of hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, slow heart rate, and feeling cold all the time. In some cases, the eyebrows also thin and fall out.

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3. Short Layers On Top: Shorter layers on top are caused by breakages in new hairs growing through it. If this is happening to you, it’s likely you don’t have enough protein in your diet. This weakens the hair and leaves it less resistant to heat and chemicals.

4. Scaly Patches On Scalp: When a thick crust forms on the scalp, this usually indicates psoriasis, which can be distinguished from other dandruff-like skin conditions by the presence of a thickening, scab-like surface.

5. Receding Hair: This doesn’t just happen to older men, it can be caused by a lack of diet nutrients. Hair can recede as a result of crash diets. If you cut corners it will be reflected in your hair. It will look lack lustre, fall out and reflect your overall ill health. However, receding hair is also common among women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Women with PCOS can develop facial hair and new hair on their arms, chest and buttocks, yet their hair recedes on the scalp.

6. Tiny White Bumps At Roots Of The Hair: Their presence suggests that it is temporary hair loss rather than the more serious male/female pattern baldness. Any medication that interferes with hormones can cause this type of hair loss; the list includes birth control pills, Accutane for acne, and prednisone and anabolic steroids.

7. Hair Loss: Losing a few 100 strands of hair every day is a normal occurrence. But when you notice considerably more hairs in your brush or on the towel after you shampoo — or when hair appears to be coming out in clumps — then it’s time for concern. One common cause would be a sudden psychological or physical stressor, such as a divorce or job loss. Another is having a high fever from the flu or an infection. Diabetes can also cause hair to thin or start to fall out suddenly; some diabetes experts say sudden hair thinning or hair loss should be considered an early warning sign that diabetes is affecting hormone levels.