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.
male-pattern baldness can begin as early as the mid-teens.
the majority of males will be partly or fully bald by age
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 person's 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 it's happening--one-to-three months after the
cause--it's 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.
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. It's 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
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
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 you're genetically capable of
overconsumption of salt (most vegetables have their own
natural sodium) and sugar; skip them entirely, if
- 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
- 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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