The Natural Way

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Now hair this, we all need to take good care of what we have. The hair on top of your head is seen by everybody and often is what folks base their first impression upon. Besides it does provide a protective function for our head and body.

We all know of male pattern baldness, however, many do not know that women often lose hair count or that the thickness of individual strands thins with age. In both men and women, hormones play a large role. The balance of testosterone and certain female hormones affects the amount and placement of hair on our bodies. Genetics, diet, prescribed drugs and stress play a large role in hair. Not much can be done about our gene pool but we can maximize our diet and reduce daily stress.

A good rounded diet which includes plenty of water helps. If you don't eat well, a good multi-vitamin with minerals and trace elements will go a long way. Being sure of having enough vitamin B-complex is especially useful, looking to take in enough biotin (up to 1 mg) each day. B-complex also helps the body handle the effects of stress. Stress reduction in whatever form is important. MSM (2-4 mg/day) makes the hair stronger and improves skin and nails. Wild Yam cream along with Saw Palmetto is used to help bring hair back to those receding or absent places.

Shampooing once every other day for most people is often enough. This stops the over cleaning of your hair. You need to leave a little natural oil in place. Some people like to use a shampoo which does not have TEA-Laurel Sulfate or DEA in it, others don't mind if it does. I like to use a gentle shampoo separate from a conditioner. This way I can add a small glop of conditioner rubbed between my palms.

Hair health is surprisingly complicated. A consultation with your trusted and trained hair professional along with your health care provider is often very wise. Having your head displayed to the world in the way you want is a pleasure which enhances self confidence.

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