Having a full head of hair is not essential to life, but some people see it as an essential part of a satisfying life. Hair loss or hair thinning is seen as a visible indication of the aging process, and many people want to grow older but do not want to LOOK older. So preventing hair loss has become a big business today — a very big business.

For some women, seeing a hair brush full of hair causes mental anguish and some men see baldness patterns developing with equal anguish.

The human body produces hair in follicles, which are minute pockets in the skull. Growth at the base of the follicle, called the papilla, is what actually produces hair when a special group of cells turn amino acids into keratin. Keratin is a type of protein from which the body makes hair. The rate at which the body produces these protein “building blocks” is the determining factor for the speed of hair growth. The average growth rate of human hair is about 1.2 cm per month. That’s average, but hair grows fastest on women between 15 to 30 years of age.

1. Heredity probably has more to do with hair loss than any other factor, but a poor and unbalanced diet can certainly contribute to the problem. A diet that is deficient in vitamin B6 or folic acid promotes hair loss. Foods that contain vitamin B6 are fortified cereals, bananas, salmon, chicken, turkey, potatoes, spinach, and hazelnuts.

2. A high level of stress can also contribute to hair loss. Consciously reducing stress and avoiding stressful situations can help to prevent early hair loss.

3. Vigorously rubbing the scalp daily to help blood circulation can help to delay hair loss.

4. A mixture of equal quantities of fresh amla juice and lime juice when used as a shampoo will stimulate hair growth and help to prevent hair loss.

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