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6 Secrets to Fuller, Healthier Hair

Follow these tips to have a full, fit mane.

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What Your Hair Says About Your Health

Heads up: The fallout from a major breakup could include your hair. Divorce is the top factor related to hair loss in women, according to a new study. Other causes are high blood pressure, high salaries (and presumably more work pressure) and having more than one child -- all of which point to stress as a root source. "The stress hormone cortisol causes hair follicles to go into a dormant state," study coauthor Bahman Guyuron, MD, explains. If you spot more than 50 strands a day in your brush and shower drain or on your pillow in the morning, see a doctor for treatment.

Source: Bahman Guyuron, MD, chairman, department of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland

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Not Smoking

Nicotine decreases blood circulation to the scalp.

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Lasting Marriage

Married women have more hair than divorcées and widows.

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The Right Accessories

Wearing hats protects against sun damage and lessens hair loss.

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Smart Sips

A cup or two of java a day may reduce hair loss, possibly because caffeine may increase estrogen, which is beneficial to hair follicles. Two to four alcoholic drinks a week are also protective.

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Well-Tressed Relatives

Environment and lifestyle play a bigger role in hair loss for women than men. Still, having good genes means that your hair is likelier to stay healthy.

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Good Health

Medical conditions like diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, coronary artery disease, and skin problems, as well as a high BMI, cause you to shed strands.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2012.

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ramin.ghafury wrote:

but there is mistake about recommended issue above that weaing hats avoid air circulating through the hairs and disturb hair breathing which due to hair collapses.

3/12/2012 02:50:17 AM Report Abuse

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