Every time you see that you have split ends, you do the right thing and book an appointment for a trim. However, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why this happens first?
The fact that something like this does not stop with that one haircut, but it keeps happening over and over again, is perhaps your body trying to say something to you. And it’s high time you listened.
The hair on your head does so much more than make you look like a Disney Princess.
So, here are 9 things your hair tells about your health.
- Split ends mean that you are dehydrated: Water, the main source of energy for hair cells, hydrates the entire hair. Only well-hydrated hair cells can perform well and promote new hair growth. When you are not drinking your daily 8 glasses of water, chances are, you get dehydrated. One of the signs that you are dehydrated is split ends. Lack of water makes the hair brittle and dry.
- Grey hair can indicate stress or copper deficiency: Sure, genetics may be one of the reasons why you have grey hair, but stress is also one of the key factors for it. Remember that photo of US President Obama before he became a president and after his tenure? The difference was in the colour of his hair. Having a stressful job, going through traumatic and life-altering events, etc., can cause intense stress and the loss of hair pigment. Once lost, the damage is permanent. Copper deficiency is also seen to cause premature greying of hair. So, you can add copper-rich foods like nuts, dark chocolate, mushroom, greens, etc., to your diet.
- Hair loss may be iron deficiency or thyroid condition: Hair growth is a cycle that happens in four main stages. For hair growth to happen, the anagen phase, the growing phase, needs to go well. Iron helps produce haemoglobin, which helps transport oxygen to different cells in the body. The cells that stimulate hair growth also depends on this oxygen supply. Make sure that you include foods rich in iron in your diet. Apart from an iron deficiency, the thyroid can also be a reason for hair loss because hormones produced by the thyroid is essential for hair growth. It is always good to get a blood test done and check your thyroid levels.
- Pattern baldness could be hypertension: A high level of hair loss is noticed in people with blood pressure and heart disease. Baldness may be a part of ageing, but hypertension can trigger hair loss.
- Hair thinning may mean protein deficiency: Our hair is mainly made of keratin. When there is a protein deficiency in your diet, you will see that the texture of your hair changes. Hair starts getting brittle and thin while the porosity of your hair increases, creating non-uniform gaps. These gaps make the hair more prone to damage as chemicals, pollutants, and other harsh elements can easily get lodged in the gaps. For hair that is not thin, brittle, or porous, eat protein-rich food like eggs, almonds, yoghurt, milk, etc.
- Dry & dull hair may indicate lack of healthy fats: A lack of healthy fats can make your hair lifeless and dull. It can change the texture of your hair and even cause hair loss. So, if you see that your hair has become dull and can’t figure out any other reason why, try adding foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids and other healthy fats like chia seeds, avocado, cheese, etc.
- Greasy hair indicates an unhealthy diet: If you eat a lot of food containing animal fats, you may experience greasy hair because of excess sebum. Greasy hair just may be your wake-up call to cut down on that junk food, alcohol, smoking, sweets, etc.
- Yellow dandruff means seborrheic dermatitis: Dandruff is common in many people. From climate change to extreme dryness, the causes of dandruff are many. However, if you notice that the dandruff is yellow, it may be seborrheic dermatitis. Other signs of this condition include scaly patches and red skin.
- Sudden hair fall in patches may indicate alopecia areata: Hair loss in patches may be caused by an autoimmune disease called alopecia areata. The root cause of this condition may be extreme stress. When identified early, you can slow down the damage by a lot. If you experience something like this, we recommend seeing a doctor at the earliest and getting the appropriate treatment.
Your general health and hair health are connected way more than you realize. Being mindful about your lifestyle choices, nutrition, diet are all aspects that you cannot ignore. Another simple step to ensuring great hair is to take Tru Hair’s 3 Factor Hair Analysis that analyses your hair type, body type, and demography to suggest products based on the ingredients in them that will help solve your hair problems. For instance, if you have a protein deficiency, use the Tru Hair Biotin Shampoo and the Tru Hair Protein Serum for that extra care. If you are dealing with stress that’s causing your hair to become grey or cause hair loss, you can indulge in a weekly calming warm oil massage to relieve all the stress. The Tru Hair Oil with Heater makes the whole process hassle-free.
Not just that, the free personalized hair supplement that comes along with the products helps fortify and nourish your hair from within, because what you eat matters as well.
Switch to products made with Ayurvedic ingredients that are free from harmful chemicals, and watch your hair transform into healthy and shiny locks.
Dr. Tambe (Ayurvedic Practioner)
Dr. Tambe is an Ayurvedic Consultant, practicing in Satara City, Maharashtra for the last 45 years.He comes from a long line of Ayurvedic doctors. His grandfather and father were both Vaidyas, therefore he wanted to continue the family legacy.This year, his family will celebrate 100 years of Ayurvedic service