21 days to Heal Your hair: day 2: hair is an important messenger about your health.

Hi,
My name is Lies, author of this blog. I am an entrepreneur (founder of Delphin & Emerence), busy mom, hair lover and the author of the book “The complete guide to healthy hair. A 3-step programme to heal your hair.” Thank you for joining me on day 2 of “21 days to heal your hair”.

Did you know that your hair is an important messenger about your overall health? When you notice changes in how your hair looks don’t just run to the beauty shop to get a new hair shampoo or conditioner. You first need to check out what might be at the root of your hair problems. I advice you to pay special attention to the following signs:

  • more hair loss overall
  • hair loss in patches or on the crown
  • dry and brittle hair
  • slower hair growth then you used to have

These are signs that something is going on in your body. All too often women ignore those signs and think that they are a “normal” part of the ageing process. I suffered from hair loss and very dry and brittle hair after I gave birth to my daughter. It was driving me crazy since I had always had super long and strong hair.

I want to encourage women to take those messages seriously, because I waited way too long and was completely exhausted in my worst days.

The symptoms I just described could be a sign that there is a more serious health problem. There are so many things that can cause changes in your hair or hair loss:

  • a challenged immune system
  • a lack of essential nutrients
  • cancer
  • hormones that are out of balance
  • high stress levels
  • thyroid imbalances
  • but also it could be that you are using the wrong hair products, a bad hair brush or undergo too many harsh treatments

When you notice one or more these red lights, you absolutely should talk to a doctor. Ask for a blood test. A regular blood test doesn’t always unveil the underlying health issues, therefore it is important to ask for a more profound blood analysis like a so-called ‘live blood analysis’ or an extended lab test. A good doctor will take the time to explain what is on the lab sheet. If you are told that “everything is normal”, but you feel that it is not, then don’t take no for an answer. Ask again or get a second opinion.

I hope you got my message and I look forward to see you again tomorrow for day 3 of “21 days to heal your hair”. Do you have a question or remark? Well then shoot me an email!