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Your tell-tale hair

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Do you know how many things your hair stylist knows about you simply by working with your hair? Your stylist has a perfect view of your hair, scalp and skin when doing your hair. Everything - and I mean everything - that goes into your body comes out on your hair. Often times when there is something going on, good or bad, within your body, your hair will tell the story.

I have been doing hair for more than 10 years now, so these are things I have learned along the way. I speak for myself and not every single stylist out there. But it's something to think about. If your stylist notices changes in your hair and suggests you see a doctor, listen. Some of the things that I can tell simply by looking at someone's hair and scalp include pregnancy, new medications, poor diet, diabetes (or the potential to get it), drug use, thyroid issues, cancer (the need to have a mole checked), stress and more.

Surprised? My clients usually are too when I tell them this. Recently I spoke with a client who was talking about the worry of possibly having diabetes. I told her that the dark shaded area on the back of her neck often means that you have or can have diabetes and that she should go get that checked out.

Obviously my advice is just my observation of working with people - I am not a doctor. What I think is important is this aspect of the relationship that I build with clients and how much your hair really reveals about you and your body. I can tell when my clients are pregnant oftentimes long before they know. The reason I can tell is because there is a sudden burst of new hair growth on their scalp. Most of my clients have been with me a long time, and I see changes easily with their hair and scalp.

Trust your stylist and their recommendations for your hair. If they tell you to go get something checked out, listen. If they want to pre-treat your hair before a color service so it removes build-up from the long list of medications you are taking, let them. If they tell you your hair is not in condition to receive a service you want, trust them. Your stylist is not psychic, just observant and very knowledgeable and really does know your hair, scalp and skin.

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