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Look Younger : Secrets that Work

Published March 17, 2017 by teacher dahl

Primer

Start With Primer
If you’re old enough for laugh lines, a skin care makeover can give you a fresher, younger look. Our skin dries and thins with age, so products used five years ago may look quite matronly today. A better routine calls for skin primer, according to Robin Rylant, a celebrity makeup artist who’s worked with Celine Dion. A high-quality primer fills in small wrinkles, making them less visible.

Forgo Thick Foundation
If you still slather foundation directly over aging skin, you’re likely adding years to your look. That thick top coat tends to break into deep cracks, which look far worse than the fine lines you’re trying to hide. Instead, apply moisturizer, primer, then a light liquid foundation for additional skin-plumping moisture. Ryland suggests tapping it in gently with a sponge, rather than rubbing it in.

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Avoid Clown Eyes
Applying flattering eye makeup requires precision. Unfortunately, eyesight tends to decline with age. “If you don’t see as well, you may not get the makeup on correctly,” Ryant says. The results can include clownish amounts of eye shadow or crooked eyeliner. The solution: “Get yourself a good magnifying mirror.”

Enhance the Shape of the Eye
As we age, the eyelids tend to droop, so the goal is to draw attention away from the lid and toward the actual eye. Eyeliner is the key. Apply it in a thin streak along the line where the lashes begin, top and bottom. This will enhance the shape of your eye and create the illusion of thicker lashes. Use soft shades and a light touch when applying eye shadow.

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Put Eyebrows Back On
“Eyebrows are extremely important because they frame the face,” Ryant says. But the brows tend to grow thinner and grayer with age. To “put eyebrows back on,” Ryant recommends using eyebrow pencil that complements your hair color. Placing powder over the pencil will help it stay put. Some people choose to have eyebrows permanently tattooed, but the FDA and Consumer Reports has raised safety concerns about this practice.

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No Bleeding Lipstick

Don’t Let the Lips ‘Bleed’
Few things draw attention to wrinkles like bleeding lip color. This happens because lipstick is a cream, and it tends to slip into any low spaces — including the lines around your lips. To keep color from traveling, use moisturizer, then coat the lips with foundation before applying lipstick.

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Whiten Stained Teeth
Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains so your teeth look about one shade lighter. To go deeper, try peroxide-based whitening gels or strips. These products bleach the enamel of your teeth to change your natural tooth color. For the most dramatic results, an in-office treatment with your dentist can make the teeth visibly whiter in less than an hour. Several treatments may be needed to get the desired shade.

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Rejuvenate Tired Eyes
If your eyes look tired, the most obvious solution may be to get more rest. Sleep triggers the release of hormones that help the skin remain thicker and more elastic. To reduce eye puffiness, cut back on salt and stay well hydrated. You can also try soothing swollen eyes with cool cucumber slices or moist tea bags.

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Reduce Dark Circles
Getting enough sleep can also minimize dark circles under the eyes. But in some people, the discoloration comes from too much pigmentation in the skin. In that case, creams containing lightening agents such as retinol, hydroquinone, green tea, or vitamin C may help. To camouflage dark circles, use a concealer one shade lighter than your skin and yellowish in tone. Wear SPF 30 sunscreen daily.

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Boost Thinning Hair
You can give thinning hair the illusion of more body with some simple styling tricks. Use a large round brush to lift the hair and add volume. To set the style, use the cool button on your hairdryer. Styling with hot rollers is another good option. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance way to add body, Ryant suggests a perm.

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Pamper Your Hands
The skin on the hands has very little fatty tissue underneath and can easily become crinkled when dry. Applying moisturizer throughout the day can draw water into the skin to help hands look plumper and more youthful. Look for a moisturizer that contains glycerin, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, or safflower seed oil. You can also use lightening creams to fade age spots on the hands.

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Don’t Smoke
One of the surest ways to protect against skin damage is to avoid cigarettes. Studies of twins suggest smokers have skin that is more wrinkled and up to 40% thinner than nonsmokers. Researchers believe tobacco smoke releases an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, compounds that are vital to the skin’s structure and elasticity.

Skin Breakouts maybe caused by Tap water

Published August 12, 2016 by teacher dahl

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If you can’t pinpoint where your sudden breakouts are coming from, you might be overlooking one major factor: your tap water. Yep, it’s true. “When you wash your face with tap water, it’s harsh on your skin,” says Dr Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City. She explains that it can cause acne by drying out the skin and, in turn, increasing inflammation.

Whether or not you have issues scrubbing up in the sink ultimately depends on the type of H2O you have access to and your skin’s sensitivity. If you have eczema or rosacea, for example, you might find tap water more irritating than someone without any major issues, says Dr Joshua Zeichner, a New York City dermatologist.

And, if your sink gushes hard water, that could be what’s behind all those pimples. “Hard water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, among other minerals, that can disrupt the skin barrier,” says Zeichner. “When the outer layer [of your skin] is compromised, the skin becomes inflamed and can’t protect itself as it should.” Soft water, on the other hand, has gone through a filtration process, removing those harsh minerals, says Zeichner. (Limescale—a white, crusty substance that grows on faucets, tubs, and sinks—is a big indicator that you’ve got hard water, according to EPA Water Consultants.)

So how do you prevent tap water from wrecking your complexion? Follow these steps:

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Use a Gentle Cleanser

How you wash your face makes a big difference, says Marmur. Since you know that tap water can parch your skin, use a gentle cleanser when you rinse. They’re formulated to have a pH balance that’s compatible with your skin, says Marmur. She suggests opting for a non-foaming cleanser.

 

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Get a Filter

This will weed out bad particles in your tap water, leaving you with purified soft water for clearer skin.

Consider an Acne Treatment

If you’re acne is really bad, you might want to add a prescription product like Aczone to your skin-care routine, says Zeichner. OTC products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid also help to open up clogged pores and bust excess oil.

Don’t Skimp on Moisturizer

Look for one with calming ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture into your skin and is long-lasting, says Marmur.

Source: Women’s health.com

When did women start growing out and painting fingernails?

Published March 31, 2015 by teacher dahl

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On humans and other primates, nails are a flattened version of a claw which likely developed to aid in gripping and climbing. However, they can also act as a visible “health report.” Someone in poor health, or infected by a fungus, might have yellow, brittle nails, while someone in good health might have strong, long nails.

The fact that healthy nails are the sign of a healthy person may have led to people beginning to grow them out, or it could have been simply that long nails are cumbersome when working with your hands, so they were something of a status symbol. Whatever the case, it might surprise you to learn that manicuring nails has actually been around for many thousands of years—dating back at least to 3200 B.C.

At the time, Chinese royalty would grow their nails and tint them with things like eggwhites or flower petals. Around the same time, Ancient Egyptians were also painting their nails, this time in accordance with their social classes; richer Egyptians painted their nails a darker colour, while poorer Egyptians painted them a lighter colour.

The modern practice of growing out and painting nails is a result of a more recent occurrence, happening in the 1920s and 1930s where women began growing long, luxurious nails. Before this, women commonly tinted their nails with oil or glosses. However, in the 1920s, shortly after the introduction and popularity of automobile paint, proper nail paint also became available and a nail painting boom resulted.

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Of course, many “proper” women didn’t dare paint their nails for several decades after that, but Hollywood stepped in. In 1940, it became the style to have long, red nails, likely spurred on by actress Rita Hayworth. Many women started copying her style, striving to look like the knockout celebrity.

Much like painting one’s nails, artificial nails, which mimic real nails and add length and a healthy appearance to nails, have an astoundingly long history. Artificial nails were once worn by Chinese women during the Ming Dynasty (14th -17th century). In this case, these nail extensions were worn by noblewomen to further show that they did not have to use their hands for manual labour, unlike commoners. There are also records of women in 19th century Greece using pistachio shells as artificial nails.

It wasn’t until 1954 that an early version of the modern artificial nail was invented. It was first patented by Fred Slack, a dentist, who had chipped his nail at work and needed a replacement. He and his brother worked with various materials before coming up with something that would work, starting with dental acrylic, resulting in a realistic-looking fake nail that soon became incredibly popular among women across the world. Since then Slack’s company, Nail Systems International, has continued to innovate creating fake nails out of a variety of substances.

Of course, as with everything beauty and style related, growing nails out and painting them are trends that come and go.

Bonus Facts:

  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the woman who had the longest nails was Lee Redmond, a great-grandmother from the United States. She started growing her nails out in 1978 and manicured them regularly to get them to a length of roughly 30 inches each. (All ten nails have a combined length of 24ft, 7.8in, or 751.3 centimetres.) Lee lost her nails in a car accident in 2009.

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  • She reported that she got around just fine with such long nails, buttoning her coat, cutting her grandchildren’s hair, and driving a car with ease. Of course, she added that it was much easier to do all of those things now with her shorter nails. Lee also won’t be growing her nails out again, as it took her 30 years last time and she might not live for another 30, so the title of longest fingernails is up for careful grabs.
  • Perpetual nail biters are called “pathological groomers.” It’s thought that nail biting can actually be lumped together with psychological disorders like OCD. Nail-biting can be a hereditary behaviour caused by a mutation on a gene, meaning people really just can’t help it, or it can simply be a learned behaviour or a product of anxiety. Either way, nail biters rarely have long nails.
  • As you get older, your nails will likely grow more, but they won’t be quite as healthy as they were when you were younger. Older nails tend to be more brittle and duller in colour. In regards to aging toenails, those will become hard and thick. Senior citizens usually experience more nail-related issues, such as ingrown nails, than younger people due to this increased rate of growth.
  • On average, fingernails grow about 3.5 millimetres per month, while toe nails only grow about 1.6 millimetres per month. Interestingly, the fingernails on your dominant hand likely grow faster than the fingernails on your non-dominant hand. Also, male fingernails usually grow faster than female fingernails, except when a woman is pregnant. Everyone’s nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter. Stress can actually slow down nail growth (as well as hair growth), as the nutrients and energy in the body are directed elsewhere.
  • Nails really can tell a doctor a lot about your overall health.
    The colour of your nails can point to possible diseases you might have.
    For instance, a bluish tint might indicate lung disease, while a brown spot could be a sign of melanoma.
    White spots on nails are not caused by a nutrient deficiency, as is widely believed. Some people think that the white spots are caused by not having enough calcium or zinc in the system, but this just isn’t true. Instead, white spots are usually a sign of the nail suffering some trauma.
  • Just think of your nail as a piece of plastic: when plastic is bent, it usually retains a white discoloration at the bend. The same is true of your nails.
  • During the 1960s, women preferred a more natural look and rarely painted their nails. Nail painting saw a huge come-back in the 1980s, though, and since then the practice has been relatively popular in certain countries in the world.

source: todayifoundout.com

Deodorant alternatives

Published May 8, 2014 by teacher dahl

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A more natural choice
Stores stock a variety of deodorants and antiperspirants, but if you’re concerned about the health or environmental effects of using such products, there are alternatives.

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BAKING SODA  and CORN STARCH

Baking soda and cornstarch
Using baking soda as a deodorant is a simple way to combat body odor without subjecting your pits to a variety of chemicals. Mix an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little bit of water — don’t dissolve it — and rub it under your arms. You can also create a baking soda and cornstarch mix to fight odor and help prevent wetness. Simply mix one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch and dust a little on your underarms.

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LEMON JUICE

Lemon juice
The citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria, and there are people who swear by the lemon deodorizing method. Jennifer Palmer, chief executive of an organic skincare line, told The New York Times that she swipes her armpits with a sliced lemon on a daily basis. Just be sure not to apply lemon juice to recently shaven armpits — ouch!

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RUBBING ALCOHOL

Rubbing alcohol is another inexpensive and easy deodorant that kills odor-causing bacteria. Simply fill a spray bottle with alcohol and spritz your underarms with it. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a scent — witch hazel absorbs oil and is mildly astringent, and tea tree oil can help relieve body odor.

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Homemade deodorant
Making your own deodorant is a simple proccess that allows you to customize your deodorant to your needs and preferences. The Web abounds with DIY deodorant recipes, but here are two from popular bloggers.

Home made  deodorant #1
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrow root powder or corn starch
5 tablespoons coconut oil
Combine baking soda and arrow root powder in a bowl and mix with a fork. Start with about 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to the baking soda mixture, working it into a paste. You can store the deodorant in a small, air-tight container or put it into an empty deodorant stick dispenser

Home made  deodorant  #2

3 tablespoons shea butter
3 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
2 vitamin E oil gel caps (squeeze out the oil)
Essential oil

Melt all the ingredients except the oils and stir. Then mix in the oils, pour the mixture into a container, and place the container in the fridge to set. This recipe filled a 1/4 pint jar.

 

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Tawas is the Tagalog term for alum, a chemically hydrated aluminum potassium sulfate that possesses a specific crystal shape. Tawas or alum (common English name) has a chemical formula KAl(SO4)2·12H2O. It is non-toxic, has somewhat a sweet acidic taste that dissolves easily in water and reacts with acid. There are several types of tawas in the market like potassium alum, soda alum, ammonium alum and aluminum alum, but the more common is the potassium alum that most can buy in botika or health stores and from street vendors near churches in the Philippines.

Tawas or alum has varieties of uses. Tawas has industrial, cosmetic, culinary applications as well as some medicinal and health benefits.

source:  Yahoo she

Some Healthful Doctors’ tips for Women

Published April 6, 2014 by teacher dahl

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An Ob gynecologists share these health tips for taking care of women’s body:

1. Go commando anytime you can  

  • A. Panty-less
    “I know women who are never out of their undies—the only time they’re pantiless is in the shower! But when you wear underwear 100 percent of the time, you’re trapping moisture and body heat that can increase the growth of bacteria on the skin of the vulva. If you notice a not-fresh smell, usually the odor isn’t coming from the vagina, it’s coming from bacteria that grow after your vulva has been sitting inside of underwear for hours and hours. It’s even worse in the winter, when people wear tights or nylons and then jeans on top of that. Obviously you don’t want to have a Paris Hilton moment at work, so wear underwear during the day, but as soon as you get home, the panties should come off. And no woman ever needs to wear them to bed.”
  • B.  Bra-less

 

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              Going bra less -around the house .According to the results of a 15-year study in France , bras provide no                      benefits to women and may actually be harmful to breasts over time.

“Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity,” Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, told France Info.

Conducting the study at the university’s hospital, Rouillon measured and examined the breasts of more than                     300 women, aged 18 and 35, taking note of how the additional support provided by bras affects the body                           over time. (It should be noted the study does not mention breast size.)

Overall, he found that women who did not use bras benefited in the long term, developing more muscle tissue to provide natural support. As France’s The Local notes, Rouillon also noticed that nipples gained a higher lift, in relation to the shoulders, on women who went braless. When bras are worn, the restrictive material prevents such tissue from growing, which may actually accelerate sagging, the study concluded.


2. Yogurt can be great medicine—down there

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“You’ve probably heard that eating yogurt can be helpful in warding off yeast infections because of the good bacteria it contains. Try it in another way, too. If a woman who’s had a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis before starts to feel like it’s returning, inserting organic, unflavored yogurt with live cultures into the vagina can help balance things out. I tell women to use about a quarter cup before bed, and to be sure to wear a panty liner the next day because there will be some discharge. Some people are too squeamish for it, but in my experience, it works. And if it doesn’t, of course you should head to the doctor.”

 

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 3. Your chances of a natural pregnancy after 42 are basically zilch

“I’ve had to discuss the realities of fertility with a couple of women I care about who are in their 40s. One had just gotten married and told me that she and her husband had tossed the condoms and she couldn’t wait to get pregnant. I had to break the news that her chances were actually really low. She didn’t want to believe me and said, ‘My Aunt Whoever got pregnant when she was 50!’ Sure, once in a great while something like that happens, but the odds are tiny. By the time you’re in your early 40s, the quality of your eggs has declined to the point that even if one does get fertilized, it most likely won’t divide and implant normally. It’s tough—when you look at the media, you see a lot of older stars getting pregnant and having babies. But we doctors know that most of the time, that’s thanks to egg donation, not spontaneous natural conception. Women assume that if they’re still having their period every month that means they’re fertile, but it doesn’t.”

4. Your weight could be ruining your sex life

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“You have to be very gentle when talking to patients about weight, said an Ob Gyne. But I found myself leveling with a family member recently. She had put on about 50 pounds, and admitted to me that she hated the way she looked and didn’t want her husband to see her naked anymore. Then later she was talking about how she had lost her libido and it must be her hormones! I told her that testosterone wasn’t going to fix what was going on with her, but that losing weight could. She got mad at first—it wasn’t easy to hear, and she thought I was being mean. But then we really started talking about it and she realized her feelings about her body were the culprit. She decided to lose weight, and went about it in a really smart and gradual way. It took about a year, but she did it. And her libido came right back.”

 

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5. Don’t blame him if you’re not having orgasms

“When my girlfriends complain about not having orgasms, there’s a tendency to blame it on their partners. What I usually say to them is this: It’s up to you to make it happen—climaxing is a learned experience. That means you have to feel comfortable with your own body and know what you like and how you like it in order to help someone else figure it out. If your boyfriend or husband doesn’t have a clue, you’ve got to figure your body out first, and then teach him and guide him.”

source: Redbook.com

 

 

Tricks That Brightens Eyes

Published December 29, 2013 by teacher dahl

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It’s beyond easy.

1. Start with a shimmery eyeshadow

Bare skin naturally reflects light, so you want to coat your lids with a shadow that has some sheen to it. Choose a neutral color, like champagne for fair or olive skin or gold for dark skin. Sweep it from your lashes to the brow bone.

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2. Define the crease

As you get older, the skin on your brow bones droops, which makes you look tired. Blend a matte taupe shadow (use brown on darker skin) into the crease of your lid: The flat, dark color creates a shadow that will give your eyes the illusion of a lift.

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3.Line your top lids

Eyeshadow without eyeliner never looks quite as good. And if you use a brown pencil, the effect is really subtle. Draw a thin line along your top lashes, sketching it in little dashes, then use your finger or a cotton swab to blend.

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4. Do a little on the bottom

Take the same shadow you applied in your crease and brush a light amount under your lower lashes. This also makes any puffiness less noticeable.

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5. Finish with mascara

Brush it on your top and bottom lashes for extra eye-widening power.

source: Redbook

Five (5) Natural Remedies to Control Hair Loss

Published March 24, 2013 by teacher dahl

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Chickpeas and oranges, water and soya, almonds and hair packs; all combine to save the day for your hair and treat hair loss! So, complain no more and get set to fight hair loss with this easy action plan. Here are some natural remedies recommended by experts to prevent hair loss.

A hair specialist, suggest some natural remedies for hair loss. However, natural remedies cannot prevent hair loss. They can only control it.

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Eat right:

A healthy, balanced diet is the first step, says  a  doctor . “If your body does not get enough nutrients, your hair will become weak, leading to hair loss,” she says.

Her first recommendation is soy, which gives you iron and vitamin E. “Iron is important for haemoglobin, which brings oxygen to the scalp. You hair cannot grow without this. Vitamin E increases blood circulation in the scalp,” she says.

Almonds enrich the scalp with vegetable protein. Fish gives it omega-3 fatty acids. Oranges supplies your body with vitamin C, which helps in the absorption of collagen. Then there are chickpeas, which have zinc and vitamin B6. “Zinc is necessary for the absorption of the many vitamins. Lack of zinc can lead to dandruff, which causes the hair to fall.”

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Pamper your hair:

“Massaging the scalp for a few minutes everyday will lead to stimulation of blood flow to the scalp.”  Massaging can also lead to minor hair growth because your scalp is getting more blood.

Unrefined coconut oil controls hair fall to some extent. Other oils you could use are almond oil, lavender oil and jojoba oil. These oils stimulate the scalp. “Jojoba oil is especially good because it replaces the sebum in the scalp. It also controls dandruff.”

Here’s how you can massage your hair with warm coconut oil to promote hair growth.

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Help your hair:

Using an Aloe Vera hair-pack is another way of controlling hair fall. “Aloe Vera heals the scalp by balancing the pH levels in the scalp. It has cleansing properties which clear up your pores.”

Henna is one more natural conditioner. It will make your hair look healthier. Applying natural conditioners such as curd and egg on your hair will make it stronger.

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Cleanse and detoxify:

An unhealthy diet or lifestyle will add to the toxins in your body. This can lead to hair loss. Cleanse your system for a better body, skin and hair.

Drink lots of water and get your vitamins and minerals. The hair is the first part of your body which will show signs of what is wrong with your body.
If your hair loss does not stop or if you are losing large amounts of hair, consult a doctor. if you are losing more that 100-150 strands of hair every day, it could be because of a disease.

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