Dr. Joel Schlessinger gives advice about hair & health on FoxNews.com

Dr. Joel Schlessinger gives advice about hair & health on FoxNews.comThe recent article, “What your hair color says about your health,” published on FoxNews.com features expert commentary from Dr. Joel Schlessinger. The article states that hair is our most noticeable trait and also one of the most tell-tale signs of health.

Although we spend lots of time and money changing our hair, our natural color and texture can tell us a lot about possible diseases or health risks that we may encounter in our lives. Read on for more information on the possible health risks associated with your natural hair color.

If you’re a blonde, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends using a full-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Melanin gives skin its color and protects it from harmful rays of the sun, but blondes produce less melanin, leaving their skin and scalps at a higher risk for melanoma.

“Blondes should always wear a hat when they’re in direct sunlight,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger notes that brunettes are more prone to hair loss. He says that “Brown tresses are generally coarser and thicker than blonde or red strands, and your body produces fewer of them.” As the hair follicles die, a more noticeable thin patch may appear.

Learn more about the link between a common hair loss drug and slowing the progression of prostate cancer here.

To stave off thinning hair, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends eating right and consuming plenty of iron. Taking at least 18 milligrams of iron a day can help minimize hair loss for brunettes.

Redheads are more likely to be resistant to anesthetics and often require as much as 20 percent more medication than blondes or brunettes. Redheads are also more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, however some research has shown that taking at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day may delay the progression of the illness.

Have you noticed any of these health concerns in relation to hair color? Share with us your observations in the comments.


About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on December 19, 2012, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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