Straightening it every day, washing it every night and dying it every few months had completely damaged it.
It was dry, brittle and had completely lost the luscious, sparkling look that it had when I was younger.
But then more problems started. In first year of university, I was itching the back of my scalp in class and when I pulled my hand away a giant clump of hair was left in my hand.
I was mortified. What the hell could this mean?
It turns out, my hair was trying to tell me something: you're stressed. I visited my doctor, and she told me my hair will actually tell me even more than my mood or whether it needs a wash. That dryness? I needed water. The dull look? Eat more protein. And washing it every day? That's a big no no.
Those were my issues, but there are even more. So take a look in the mirror to find out what your hair is trying to say to you.
If your hair breaks easily and you're constantly getting those split ends, it may be time to rethink your diet. If you're eating lots of processed foods, your strands will show the suffering from the lack of nutrients.
Unfortunately, early grays are mostly due to genetics, so the best you can do is call your favorite colorist, or take a page out of Kelly Osborne's book.
However, as President Obama can tell you, stress can also turn hair gray . But this usually will only happen early for people who are already predisposed to gray hair.
Dandruff is more annoying and embarrassing than it is life threatening. Luckily, it's a pretty easy fix. A dry, flaky scalp usually means you're using too many products and stressing out the skin on your head. You can also try using some dandruff shampoo that will exfoliate and moisturize your scalp.
However, if those flakes are yellow in color, you likely need a specialty hair shampoo to manage the condition known as seborrheic dermatitis.
Another example of your head warning you about what goes into your mouth.
Dull, lackluster locks are usually a sign of dehydration and poor nutrition. If your hair isn't as shiny, it's likely because it isn't soaking up the water it needs to have hydrated hair. As for nutrition, if you're eating processed foods, those fats are likely going straight to your heart and other organs, not your hair and other extremities such as your fingernails. A well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables will ensure you get back those luscious locks.
First off: it's normal for people to shed. Everyone loses about 80 to 100 hairs a day, it may just look like more if your hair goes down to your butt! But if you're like I was and all of a sudden start losing big clumps of hair, it could be due to psychological or physical stressors such as illness, pregnancy or depression.
While this can increase your stress, it isn't permanent. Your hair will grow back on its own after a few months. In the mean time, get in your 8 hours of sleep per night, get some exercise and make sure you're eating right!
A more serious reason could be due to thyroid disease, called hypothyroidism. This means your thyroid isn't working effectively and goes along with symptoms such as fatigue, joint and muscle pain, puffy face and weight gain. If you experience any of these symptoms, speak with your doctor.
OK, so obviously if you're like I was and routinely straighten or curl your hair, or constantly get it colored, you're bound to have some damage. However, this damage can usually be fixed with a deep conditioner. But if your hair is very weak, it may be a sign of serious dehydration. So make sure to get in those eight glasses a day!
By making sure you have the vitamins, protein and healthy fats that you need, your hair will be sure to thank you. Also make sure to get in some me time, and not sweat the small stuff. If you follow these tips, you'll be sure to stop pulling your hair out over hair problems.