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Greying of Hair and Baldness

Hair spring from the true skin, with a root and a stem. The sebaceous glands open into the follicles of the hair and if there is a malfunctioning of these glands, there is dryness of hair. Overactive sebaceous glands tend to make the hair oily to which dust and grime have a tendency to stick making them look unkempt and unruly.

The varying tint of the hair is due to the pigment scattered in varying amounts throughout the hair and white hairs are produced if there are numerous air spaces throughout the cells composing them. The hair grow at the rate of 15 centimeters or about 6 inches a year. But in most persons the hairs have a tendency to fall when they reach a particular length; new hairs grow from the papilla of the old hairs which have fallen off.

There is a tendency of the hair to lose their natural colour with advancing age. If the hair turn grey with age, it is but natural but premature greying is a morbid condition, the causative factors of which include chronic cold, sinusitis and a constitution given to indulgence in emotions like anger and passion. Worry and sudden shock (as of a loved one dying unexpectedly) are also precipitating factors. People who are in the habit of washing their hair with hot water or women who use hair dryers are more prone to suffer from premature greying of the hair than others.

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