From shampoos and conditioners to stylers and serums, many people often link the health of their hair to the products they’re using. While the wrong products can contribute to brittle, dry, or damaged hair, there can be other factors affecting your strands–and your overall well-being.

Curious to know what your hair says about your health? We’ll cover four signs to watch out for as you care for your hair. (Plus, you’ll get tips like using moringa oil for hair loss so you can take care of your body.)

Stress and Gray Hair

We all know that stress can cause our bodies to go haywire–and it can contribute to turning your hair gray. Genetics plays a role as well; if your parents dealt with gray hair even at an early age, you may experience it as well. Nevertheless, oxidative and chronic stress is the most common cause of gray hair. Consider new ways to reduce stress in your life: take more time to relax, exercise, and maintain a healthy sleep schedule to make sure you recharge on a regular basis.

Hair Shedding and Anemia

If you’ve been noticing a lot of shedding hair recently, you might be dealing with anemia. You may notice excessive hair shedding during wash day or when you comb or brush your hair. Having anemia means that your body is depleted of iron. Be sure to eat iron-rich foods such as spinach, beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, whole wheat grains, and dry fruit. If you’re having concerns, talk to your doctor to confirm whether you’re facing anemia. Plus, you can ask your doctor about taking supplements to improve your iron levels.

Protein Deficiency and Hair Loss

Hair loss can also be caused by protein deficiency. If your protein intake is limited, then you might experience thinning hair or hair loss every once in a while. Protein is essential for hair growth and health; without it, your hair can become dull, lifeless, and thin. Include protein-rich foods in your diet such as tilapia, Greek yogurt, chicken breast, and chickpeas. 

Flakes and Dandruff

If you notice white or yellowish flakes on your scalp, you might be dealing with dandruff. Dandruff can be caused by dry skin, irritation from hair products, oily skin, and more. While dandruff doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious health problem, it can be frustrating to deal with. Most cases of dandruff don’t require a doctor’s care and can be handled using over-the-counter shampoos. If that doesn’t help, visit your dermatologist for prescribed topical solutions to combat the issue.

While some issues with your hair are common, others can mask other health conditions. Taking care of your body makes a major difference in the health of your tresses. But paying attention to the overall health of your hair can help you identify deeper issues so you can tackle them.

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