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Date:11/8/2007

Dermatologist Offers Top Tips for Maintaining a Lifetime of Healthy Hair

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- For most people, and especially women, hair is their crowning glory that defines a significant part of their appearance and personal style. Yet, despite its delicate composition, hair is routinely subjected to significant damage from styling products, hair dyes, straightening or waving procedures and even sun exposure. Over time, hair that was once radiant can look brittle, frizzy and lackluster.

Speaking today at the American Academy of Dermatology's (Academy) Skin Academy, dermatologist Zoe D. Draelos, MD, FAAD, from High Point, N.C., discussed the most common causes of hair damage, including how to prevent it and ways to maintain healthy hair as we age.

"It's important to understand that hair is nonliving and cannot be repaired once it is injured," said Dr. Draelos. "As we get older, hair growth slows down and the cosmetic beauty of our hair decreases. Hair loss that occurs from continual hair breakage over the years is a serious cosmetic concern for many women, so the key is to prevent this damage by stopping the cycle of over-processing and over-grooming our hair and selecting hair care products with proven hair-health benefits."

In Our 20s

While age-wise our hair should be at its healthiest in our 20s, Dr. Draelos noted that some young women fall prey to yo-yo dieting or fad diets at this age -- which can wreak havoc on hair. For hair to be healthy, it needs nourishment in the form of protein, vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat.

"Hair is a sign of our general overall health," said Dr. Draelos. "When a person has an eating disorder or is omitting certain foods from her diet -- such as meat -- this can adversely affect the health and appearance of the hair. Hair that is not getting enough nutrition from the foods we eat doesn't grow well and it won't have that radiant, healthy glow."

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