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Is Your Hair Telling You Something About Your Health? - 2nd Week

By Genevieve Cunningham

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all want thick, voluminous, luscious hair. Women. Men. Everyone. Something about our hair brings either confidence or a lack thereof. Most of us do what we can with what we have … we pamper it, buy expensive products, and pay way too much money for haircuts. And yet, for the most part, it always looks the same. Even with our hair obsession, are we missing some important signals that it may be sending to us? Take a look at these three signs, sent straight from your hair, that give you an insight into the state of your own health.

Your Hair Suddenly Starts Thinning

Some people were born with thinner hair. It’s always been that way and will likely always be that way. But no matter what thickness you started with, if your hair suddenly begins to thin out, it could be indicative of a hormonal imbalance. Because our hormones are so delicately balanced, a dip or swing in one direction or another can wreak havoc all over your body, and one such location is your hair. A trip to your doctor can help determine whether an imbalance is present and get you proper treatment.

Your Hair Changes Texture

If you’ve recently colored or permed your hair, you can expect a slight change in its texture. But if neither of these has occurred, and your hair suddenly changes from straight to super curly or fine to coarse, it could mean that your thyroid isn’t functioning properly. While you don’t have to immediately jump to this conclusion, it’s not a bad idea to get it checked. Other symptoms of a thyroid disorder might include weight gain, excessive fatigue, and a feeling of coldness.

You Have Yellow Flakes and Itchy Patches

While dandruff can be caused by a great number of factors, this specific case of flakes and scaly patches may be caused by a skin condition that causes inflammation of the scalp. A doctor or dermatologist will be best able to diagnose this condition, and can get you the treatment you need to keep it at bay.

Our hair is a big part of who we are and how we look. When it changes, it can change the way we feel about ourselves. If you notice a change in your hair and feel concerned, a quick trip to the doctor may be able to get you diagnosed or set your mind at ease. Trust your hair when it’s talking to you! You might just save your locks and your health.

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