Hair and Nail Deficiency Symptoms: Treatment & Cause

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SymptomDeficiency/Treatment/Cause
Coarse, brittle hairzinc
Dandruffvitamins B2, B6, zinc, magnesium, biotin
Dry hairvitamin A, zinc
Greying hairfolic acid, pantothenic acid, PABA, biotin, minerals (weak adrenals, avoid sweet food)
Hangnailsvitamin C, folic acid, proteins
Hair losscopper/lead contamination: use zinc, vitamin B6, sulfur (MSM), selenium, biotin
Nails opaque, white spots/bandszinc, vitamin B6
Oily hairvitamin B2
Peeling nailsvitamins A, C, calcium
Ridges on nails, longitudinalvitamin A, protein, calcium (anemia, poor circulation, thyroid/parathyroid glands)
Ridges on nails, transversefever, infection, inflammation, menstrual problems, period of protein deficiency
Scaling of cuticle or lipsbiotin

With greying hair or hair loss improve the circulation to the scalp, e.g. daily inversion such as headstand, shoulder-stand, hanging upside down or using a slant-board. Also vigorously rubbing nourishing or slightly irritating solutions into the scalp, e.g. fresh grass or vegetable juice, MSM with copper salicylate, ginger juice.