Is Your Hair Color Putting You At Risk? The Health Risks Faced By Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads

Hair color does more than determine what color look best of you. Rather, your hair color can also provide interesting (and sometimes important) insights in to our overall health. So, what does your hair color say about you? Read on to find out…

Blondes…

Fair-haired women are at higher risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can cause blindness (eek!). So for all you blondes out there, be sure to protect those peepers of yours with sunglasses, regular eye exams and an eye-healthy diet rich in dark green veggies like broccoli, spinach, kale and brussel sprouts.

If you have frizzy hair, check out these tips!

Blondes also produce less melanin (the pigment that determines your hair color and skin tone) and is our bodies’ internal UV protectant, meaning that blondes don’t naturally ward off damaging UV rays in the same way darker-skinned ladies do. So, if you’re fair haired (and skinned!), be especially sure to lather on the sunscreen, wear sun-protecting hats and limit sun exposure.

For more info on keeping your color looking its best, check this out.

Brunettes…

Where blondes lack in melanin, brunettes make up for it. And while higher levels of melanin mean you’re better protected from UV damage (although this certainly isn’t reason not to slop on the SPF!), high levels of melanin also make it more difficult to metabolize nicotine, increasing the likelihood of becoming addicted to already-addictive cigarettes. So, if the risk of lung cancer, emphysema and more weren’t enough – let your hair color keep you from lighting up. Need to boost your body’s ability to metabolize? Foods high in vitamin C (like oranges, broccoli and peppers) help promote better liver function and boost its ability to metabolize.

A few more ways to boost your metabolism!

Hey brown over there – worried you’re losing more hair than you should be? Well, you just may be! The fact is that brunettes are more likely to suffer from hair loss than their lightly locked sisters! The cause: low levels of iron coupled with the fact that people with brown hair actually tend to have thicker strands but fewer individual strands! (Crazy, right?!) To fight back against hair loss, load up on foods high in iron like oatmeal, broccoli and raw spinach to help promote hair growth – or talk with your doctor about taking an iron supplement.

Brunettes tend to have oilier skin making them more prone to acne. So click here for some pimple eliminating tricks!

Redheads…

Red hair results from a gene mutation that makes redheads more resistant to anesthetics (although we’re not sure if this is relevant for you all unless anesthesiology is your profession).

Redheads are also more likely to develop Parkinson’s – although studies have shown that folic acid might help postpone the development of Parkinson’s so load up on lentils, whole wheat pastas and asparagus!

No matter your hair color, try these cooling hair styles!

 

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