What Your Hair's Color May Be Saying About Your Health
My hair has been a problem since I was in second grade. I remember going home from school and having to wrestle with a brush every afternoon to get through all the tangles. The trouble was that I had so much hair, and it snarled so badly, this brushing process was agonizing. So my mom cut off all my hair, which did nothing to flatter my face.
Now, years later, my hair is dry and brittle. I’d love to keep it long, but it’s stopped growing altogether. So I’m stuck with trying to find a way to rehydrate it each and every day. This dryness of which I speak, however, may be more than mere tress trouble. It could be a sign of a health problem.
Thinning hair, or hair loss, may be caused by a vitamin D deficiency. Therefore, it's vital to speak with your doctor if you suspect you’re deficient in this important nutrient. Another culprit may be hormones, which can begin to decline and lose balance as early as the 30s. Full range hormone testing can determine if hormonal imbalance is wreaking havoc on your body.
The color of your hair may also be indicative of future health problems.
Blonde females are at particularly high risk for an eye condition - age-related macular degeneration - which can cause blindness. Furthermore, blondes produce less melanin, which gives skin its color and helps shield it from harmful UV rays. Producing less melanin, however, puts fair-haired women at a higher risk for melanoma.
Brunettes are more likely to lose their hair, with more than half of the 30 million American women with visible hair loss having brown tresses. This is because the body produces fewer brown locks, so when brunette hair dies it can leave behind thin patches that are more noticeable than other hair colors would. To fight this, start swallowing 18 milligrams a day of iron supplements.
The genetic mutation linked with red hair also increases resistance to painkillers, so experts say redheads may need up to 20% more than most to dull an ache. Another thing to look out for - Parkinson’s disease. While it is still uncommon, redheads are 90% more likely than people of other hair colors to develop the condition. As a precautin, take a daily multivitamin with folic acid which studies show might delay progression of the illness.