Could Your Hair Be Trying To Tell You Something?

Whether we care to admit it or not, our hair plays a major role in the way we feel about ourselves. I know this, first-hand, after a botched bleach job resulted in a lot of my hair falling out and my only feeling confident to leave the house if I had a big ol’ hat on my head.

There’s a classic advertisement out there from a particular beauty brand where the beautiful Kerry Washington preaches about beauty, confidence and knowing who you are all while decadently coiffed and styled and made up by the pros. But what happens, like in my case, when half your hair falls out — or you get a shocking haircut, or your hair is thin, brittle, and altogether lacking lustre —  and not only do you not recognize yourself in the mirror, but you definitely don’t feel beautiful? Easier said than done, Olivia Pope.   

Here’s the thing: Your hair says more than “you’re worth it.” (You’re absolutely 100% worth it despite anything to do with your hair — but you already knew that.) And it definitely says more than your ability to have a good time. (Can we all please stop acting like blondes have more fun? Blonde as I may be, we’ve all met plenty of crazy redheads and daring brunettes and natural-haired beauties who love to let loose, and buzz-cut cuties who know how to let their hair down — so to speak.) And, hear me when I say this, your hair says absolutely nothing about your overall IQ (let’s also put to bed the whole “dumb blonde” thing while we’re at it, k?).

What it does say — or what it might be trying to tell you, rather — are hints toward your overall well-being, health, and happiness.

So, could your hair be trying to tell you something? Let’s examine some of the more common possibilities.


If your hair is dry, brittle, or breaks easily…

It might have more to do with sun-damage than the actual quality of your hair. This is especially true for you fair-haired beauties. Too much sun exposure can quickly dry out your locks and cause brittleness.

While I’m certainly not suggesting you avoid the sun or stay inside during daylight hours, taking extra protective measures such as wearing a hat while in the hot hot heat, using a UV-protecting shampoo and conditioner, or trying any of these easy at-home remedies may address the issue.


If your hair is dull or thin…

It might have something to do with your diet. In general, I don’t like to make grandiose statements about diet because I think there’s way too much pressure on women these days to eat a certain way, BUT, if you’re not getting enough nutrients from the food you’re eating, your hair may suffer.

Without a balanced diet, the body transports whichever nutrients it can get to your heart and other crucial organs, leaving your hair behind.

For healthy hair, smart people on the internet who’ve done the research suggest eating foods high in biotin, like almonds, avocados, and salmon.

Alternatively, your hair may just be naturally thin — or “fine,” as my hairdresser repeatedly tells me — like mine. In which case, no need to fret. You have options, girl:

  1. Accept and love your hair exactly as it is.

  2. Try tape in hair extensions.

  3. Get a haircut more suited to your hair density (Katy Perry pixie, anyone?)


If your hair is falling out…

While it’s normal to lose around 80-100 strands of hair a day, if you’re losing more, it may indicate an iron deficiency.

As usual, I’ll let those much more studied on the subject than I do the explaining...

“When you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t produce the hemoglobin in your blood. Hemoglobin carries oxygen for the growth and repair of cells in your body, including the cells that stimulate hair growth.”

If you’re noticing more hair in your brush or drain than usual, you may want to ask your doctor to test your iron levels and adjust accordingly. Addressing your hair woes may be as simple as incorporating more iron into your diet or taking a supplement.

As someone who wrote an entire chapter in my book about the effect my sudden loss of hair had on my self-confidence and well-being, I know very well how the state of our strands can affect not only the way we feel about ourselves, but the way we feel perceived by others (“feel” being the operative word in the second statement, because those who matter will love you no matter what’s happening atop your head). But instead of freaking out over a bad hair day, perhaps with the information above, you’ll be able to get to the root of your hair woes. (Pun 100% intended.)