It speaks to our individuality, our expression of how we feel. Just think of the number of hairstyles you’ve had over the years and the variety on the street or in your office or home. A celebrity’s haircut can inspire a movement in style – think Farrah Fawcett and Jennifer Aniston.

A bad hair day can literally plummet someone’s confidence and adversely alter their perception of reality.  Greying or thinning hair, especially prematurely, can be such a social taboo.  We cover it up with dyes. We use all sorts of shampoos, herbal remedies and even surgeries to subvert or camouflage a natural process.

It isn’t a coincidence that hair plays such a huge role in our self-confidence and self-image. The Hair meridian (03) speaks to our prowess and potency. The lush, full head of hair of the youth mirrors their energy and vitality. Incidentally, hair does grow faster between the ages of 15 and 30.

Hair is very sensitive to hormones and can easily be weakened by stress, weather, diet and the chemical landscape.  Just think how frizzy hair gets in the humidity and static in dry climates. Chronic stress or a major life event can affect the health of hair. Even turning someone’s hair white overnight!

It is very important to nourish the Hair meridian (03) during the season of spring when it is more susceptible to imbalance and during any time you are under increased or chronic stress. Diet is also very important for healthy hair.  For example, deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids can lead to a dry scalp and dull-looking hair. Vitamins A and C, to produce sebum, our body’s natural hair conditioner, can be found in dark vegetables.  Try adding nuts and seeds!


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This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace medical advice or treatment.


About the Author
Sandra Shih Tonkinson is an alternative health practitioner based in Singapore. She writes regularly for wellness centres as well as for her own practice Jupiter Circles. She is also the Editor of What Therapy, a Singapore-based alternative, complementary, and holistic wellness portal.