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You can't stop the thinning and loss, but there ways to help your hair be and look healthier.

Hair loss is partly genetic and partly linked to age, but professional stylists say there are ways to slow the process:

- Dry gently. After washing your hair, pat it down with a soft towel rather than rubbing vigorously. Rough treatment can break off hair just as it emerges.

- Get the right brush. Choose one with soft bristles and brush gently, especially when your hair is wet and at its most fragile. Using a comb on wet hair is better to prevent breakage.

- Use the right shampoo. Pick a mild product, even a baby shampoo, that has as few chemicals as possible. Rub your scalp gently as you wash to stimulate blood circulation.

- Use a detangler. A cream rinse can spare you from having to use a comb or brush to break through tangles. Conditioning your hair, especially the roots, is important.

Avoid hair dryers. Hot air can damage proteins in hair and make it more likely to break. If you do use a dryer, keep it on the lowest setting.

- Keep it loose. Styles that put a lot of strain on hair, such as tight ponytails or cornrows, can make strands fall out faster.

- Eat healthy. Nutritious foods such as fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts help nourish hair, unlike choices high in sugar and unhealthy fats.

- Drink plenty of water. Water carries important nutrients throughout the body, including to the skin follicles that hold the roots of hair.

- Don't panic. It's normal to shed a good amount of hair - some stylists say 50 to 100 strands - every day.

- Consult a doctor. Some people have some luck with topical creams and other treatments designed to slow hair loss.