Tuesday, September 4, 2012

20 Postmodern Hair Loss Tips

Throughout history, from ancient civilization to the 21st century our hair is considered our greatest asset. It can affect our self-esteem, our moods, our social life and our outlook on life...

Whether we're born in Asia, Africa, Australia or Europe, there are, initially, approximately 100,000 hairs on our head except for redheads who have 120,000 hairs. Each grows independently of the others, in three stages: 90 %in the 'growth' stage, lasting as long as four-to-five years; 10 % 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 to 100 hairs each day. Abnormal hair loss can result from common problems involving both hormone levels and mineral uptake; from metabolic disorders or problems in the scalp and hair shafts, as well as from psychological imbalances.

Here are 20 postmodern hair loss tips for the finest head of healthy hair you're genetically capable of growing:

1.    Avoid overconsumption of salt in your diet (most vegetables have their own natural sodium) and sugar; skip them entirely, if possible.

2.    Same with alcohol and tobacco, also contributing causes of hair loss and dandruff.

3.    Avoid excessive shampooing--once daily is usually sufficient, using a mild, unmedicated, 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).

4.    Try headstands--or any position lowering your head below your body--several times daily (15 minutes each time).

5.    Massage your scalp by hand, or with an electric vibrator.

6.    Avoid excessive mental labor, as well as mental stress, both of which reduce scalp circulation by constricting blood vessels. Meditation and mental visualization and relaxation techniques are helpful.

7.    Because minerals are even more important to healthy hair than proteins, include both in your diet. Nutritional deficiencies can cause hair loss, as well as premature graying. In some cases, a copper deficiency may cause premature graying.

8.    Just as moderate exercise increases bone density and can improve hearing, it also improves blood circulation in your scalp.

9.    Periodic, scientific juice-fasting removes toxic chemicals built up in your body, especially from chemically-grown foods, the air, the water and drugs used, thus producing healthier hair and preventing premature graying and aging.

10.    An ounce (each) of sage and rosemary, left for 24 hours in a pint of good water, provides a tonic for treating dandruff.

11.    Apple-cider vinegar, applied as a rinse, is another folk remedy for dandruff: heat only slightly, pour on, and let it 'set' for an hour on a towel-draped head, before shampooing.

12.    Vitamin E, rubbed on the scalp, is also an effective remedy against dandruff.

13.    Rinse immediately after swimming in chlorine- or otherwise-polluted water.

14.    Avoid prolonged exposure to harsh, direct sunlight. Ultraviolet rays do the most damage, so avoid the hours they're most intense--10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Daylight Savings). Even in the shade, ultraviolet intensity can be 50% of that in bright sunlight, while sandy beaches can actually intensify UV exposure by 25% (100% in snow). Same on hazy or cloudy days, when 70-to-80% of UV rays reach the ground. Most skin cancers, for example, are related to the total amount of sunlight absorbed, so do meter yourself.

15.    A correlation has been drawn between excess stress and hair loss, even among modern teenagers, so do try to reduce stressors in your life, as much as possible. Using your wisdom in finding ways to manage stress is fundamental to achieving better hair and skin vitality, not to mention the other physiological, psychological and spiritual payoffs. This is one of the best hair loss tips.

16.    Do avoid the hottest settings of hair-curlers, curling irons and hair-dryers to prevent hair damage, as well as avoid skin burning.

17.    Don't assume that ingesting more protein will stop or prevent hair loss. The U.S. has, by one estimate, 50 times more baldness than low-protein-diet nations such as China, India, Japan and Mexico.

18.    Instead, focus on appropriate exercise and on good (organic, whenever possible), balanced nutrition, including whole grains, nuts and seeds; fresh, raw fruits and vegetables (especially silicon-rich kelp, onions, nettle, comfrey and alfalfa); raw (unfertile, whenever possible) egg yolks once or twice a week, and if you still use milk, goat's rather than cow's, usually in the soured form--kefir, yogurt, etc.

19.    Also, try to be accepting of what Life has dealt you, genetically, understanding that even though all of the above can help with hair problems--especially those caused by nutritional deficiencies--all but 2% of male-pattern baldness, for instance, results from an overproduction of sex hormones which thickens the galea--the top sheet of scalp tissue--thus constricting the ability of blood capillaries to feed hair roots.

20.    Finally, bear this in mind to "Always avoid the two conditions leading to illness--unwholesome diet and behavior--by means of mindfulness. Avoid harmful actions of the body, speech and mind, and devote yourself to what is right. Neither torment your senses of taste and so forth, nor overindulge in sensual pleasures."

The above mentioned are top hair loss tips to stop or prevent hair loss from further happening. We hope that we have given you enough information to help you against your battle with this growing condition.