If your hair could speak, what would it say? According to experts, how your hair looks and feels often speaks volumes about your health, as problems like brittle or dry hair could be triggered by underlying health issues such as a vitamin deficiency or more serious medical concerns.
Here are four common hair problems and what they could mean:
Problem: Weak Hair
Brittle hair is often the result of vitamin deficiencies. “A lack of vitamins A, B and C can all lead to hair that’s prone to breakage,” says dermatologist Dr Elizabeth Dawes-Higgs.
Give your mane a healthy boost by upping your intake of fruit and veggies, which are naturally rich in hair-healthy nutrients. Citrus fruits and dark leafy greens are particularly rich in vitaminc C, while broccoli and spinach are loaded with vitamins A and B.
Problem: Dry Hair
Dehydrated, lacklustre hair can mask an underactive thyroid, which happens when the thyroid gland stops producing enough hormones and throws your body out of whack.
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Other symptoms include dry skin, fatigue and sudden weight gain. If you notice any of these signs, you might want to see your GP for a blood test.
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If you’ve noticed a few extra strands of hair on your brush, don’t panic – it’s normal to shed up to 100 hairs a day, say experts. But if your hair’s thinning more than usual, your lifestyle could be to blame.
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“One of the first signs of stress is sudden hair loss. But the good news is once stress level are under control, you hair will go back to normal,” says Elizabeth .
Try upping your exercise – it’s a great, natural stress buster.
Problem: Grey Hair
If you’ve seen a few extra silver strands of late, you’re not alone.
“Hair starts to grey in your 30s. By the time you turn 50, it’s normal to be around 50 per cent grey,” says Elizabeth.
Sudden, premature greying however has been linked to anaemia, B12 deficiency and autoimmune conditions, so chat to your GP if you’re worried. But mostly it’s just genes and getting older. “The colour cells stop producing pigment,” she says.
Text: Bauer Syndication / Additional Reporting: Elizabeth Liew