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What Does Your Hair Indicate About Your Health?

Everyone wants their hair to look good. We go through a lot to make it appear shiny, full, and stylish.

Hair-care products, styling tools, or color for some. Wigs, extensions, or hair integration for others. We do what we need to make sure we are comfortable with our outward appearance and how we project our image to the world.

But, did you ever hear the saying, “It’s what’s on the inside that matters?” This could not be a more accurate statement when it comes to our physical health.
We might care about what we look like on the outside, but it’s critical to be aware of what’s happening inside our bodies. We don’t want to miss any signs that something might be wrong.

In the case of hair, what is on the outside might matter a lot. Your hair can provide a window into things that might be happening in your body.
The state of your hair can be a signal that might need medical attention.

Let’s look at some things your hair might say about your health. Keep in mind that some hair loss and hair thinning are expected, especially as we age.


Hair Loss And Anemia

Excessive hair shedding could indicate an iron deficiency called anemia. If you notice a new pattern or sudden change in the amount of hair on your brush or the shower floor, you may want to speak to your doctor about a blood test to determine your iron level. Low iron could result from a gastrointestinal disorder, cancer, or hormonal imbalance.


Thyroid Disease And Hair Thinning

Increased hair shedding and visible hair thinning might mean you have hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, affecting your hair.


Brittle Hair And Cushing’s Syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome occurs when your body produces too much cortisol. It is a rare disease with symptoms that include back pain and high blood pressure. Another symptom is very brittle hair.


Protein Deficiency and Hair Loss

Thinning hair might be the result of a protein deficiency. If you aren’t getting enough protein, your body does not have what it needs for your hair to grow properly. A protein deficiency might be the result of a gastrointestinal problem that is affecting your absorption of nutrients.


Hair Loss And Autoimmune Disease

Patches of hair loss or hair thinning can indicate that you have an autoimmune disease that is attacking your hair follicles.


Don’t sound the alarm just because you lose a few hairs each day. Most hair loss and thinning are entirely normal, even if unwanted.

But, if you notice sudden changes in your hair – its volume or texture – consider speaking to a health care professional to make sure nothing is going on inside your body that should be cause for concern.

Call Riviera Hair Replacement For A Free Consultation

If you are unsatisfied with how your hair looks and want to explore hair replacement, call Riviera today at 516-364-0110 to schedule your free consultation.

We offer discreet, compassionate, professional hair replacement services for individuals experiencing:

  • Hair loss from cancer treatments
  • Pattern baldness
  • Alopecia areata
  • Hair-pulling disorder
  • Hormone-related hair loss
  • And more.

Call Riviera Hair Replacement at 516-364-0110 to learn more about our services and how we can design and create a hair replacement system to help you look and feel your best.