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20 TIPS FOR HEALTHIER HAIRNew Wisdom for Old Problems Caused by Diet,center
initially, approximately 100,000 hairs on our head. Each grows independently of the others, in three stages: 90percent in the growth stage, lasting as long as four-to-five years; 10 percent in the resting stage, lasting several months--until the hair falls out because of new growth underneath--and the new stage, when increased cellular activity in the hair follicles produces new hairs.
Normally, we lose about 50 hairs each day, shampooing, brushing or meditating silently. Abnormal hair loss can result too many chemicals we use in shampoo.
In men, male-pattern baldness can begin as early as the mid-teens. the majority of males will be partly or fully bald by age 60.
Although male baldness, as yet, has no cure we know of, there are both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including hair weaving and artificial pieces, as well as hair transplants, employing the persons own hair, from other scalp areas.
Temporary hair loss (telogen effluvium) or area baldness (alopecia areata) can result from stopping the use of birth-control pills, the hormonal changes of pregnancy and its aftermath, severe emotional stress, surgery or acute illness. However, by the time you notice its happening--one-to-three months after the cause--its already being corrected, precluding the necessity for treatment.
Diffuse thinning can also result from metabolic imbalances or disorders, such as large doses of vitamin A, certain medications (including chemotherapy for cancer), diabetes, anemia or iron deficiency through blood loss, rapid weight loss through unskillful diets, and from malnutrition or starvation. Likewise, pulling hair too tightly in braids or pony tails; constantly wearing very tight wigs or hats, or hair-straightening regimens and permanents, applied too often or improperly, can result in hair breaking easily, as well as diffuse thinning. Again, hair ususally grows back once the underlying problem is corrected.
In their bestselling Fit For Life, Marilynand Harvey Diamond note that: "A toxic, acid systemcan be recognized by bloating, excess weight, cellulite, graying hair, balding, nervous outbursts, dark circles under the eyes, and premature lines in the face. Ulcers are a direct result of corrosive acid in the system."
Also, they point out that: "When you are cutting back on dairy consumption, you may notice peeling or brittle nails or minor hair loss. . . .Your body is making the adjustment from the absorption of the coarser calcium found in dairy products to the absorption of the finer calcium found in raw nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. . . .The body will replace fingernails and hair in the same way that sloughed-off skin is replaced. Its difficult to notice, but your skin is regularly sloughing off and being replaced by new, healthier tissue. In the same way, the body will replace lost hair with more lustrous hair, and lost fingernails with stronger,sturdier nails."
The Secret Oral Teachings On the Eight Branches of the Science of Healing, states that: "Frequent bathing gives greater virility, bodily heat, strength, long life and lively complexion, and dispels itching due to perspiration, lassitude, thirst and overheating of the body." Nevertheless, he adds: "Washing the head with warm water causes a loss of hair and visualstrength."
SO, NO MATTER which of the three basic hair (and skin) types you are--normal, oily or dry--what follows are 20 postmodern survival secrets for navigating our fast-paced, progressively-more-toxic, anxiety-ridden world with the finest head of healthy hair youre genetically capable of growing:
- Avoid overconsumption of salt (most vegetables have their own natural sodium) and sugar; skip them entirely, if possible.
- Same with alcohol and tobacco, also contributing causes of hair loss and dandruff.
- Avoid excessive shampooing--once daily is usually sufficient, using a mild, un medicated, non alkaline shampoo (organic ingredients, whenever possible). All bathing or showering strips from your skin the oil which traps water and keeps your skin moist, so avoid harsh soaps, especially those containing deodorant. Also avoid astringents, unless you have oily skin, in which case you can wash/shampoo more often. Those with dry hair may follow shampoos with acid rinses or with oil-based conditioners (again, using organic ingredients whenever possible).
- Try headstands--or any position lowering your head below your body--several times daily(15 minutes each time).
- Massage your scalp by hand, or with an electric vibrator.
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