Are you beginning to see more of your scalp each day when you look in the mirror? Was life ticking along just fine until one day you suddenly glanced in the mirror and spotted your scalp instead of your thick mop of hair? Does your hairbrush have more hair in it each day? Painful is not the word and you are not alone in your misery! Cheer up because there are treatments that can help to resolve the problem. Let us adopt a positive approach to the problem and take a look at the various methods available to reverse or stop thinning hair and baldness. As we grow older, hair can become finer, grayer and drier. Real hair loss and a balding scalp is a condition where the hair falls out and fails to grow back again. There are many reasons why this can happen including hormonal imbalances, poor dietary habits, excessively indulgent lifestyle in alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Genetics can also be one of the causes for baldness especially in men. With age, the hair dries out because the natural oil glands found in the skin produce less oil to lubricate the skin. The lack of lubrication and protection can cause the hair to become brittle and susceptible to breakage. Dry hair suffering from damage can appear thinner than the strands actually are. Healthy hair treatments such as herbal shampoos and conditioners and hair rinses are available. Fine hair is the result of the hair shafts becoming thinner due to age. For example at 40 years of age the hair shafts become thinner by 5 percent when compared with 20 years ago. Hair is made mainly of protein; the aging process affects the body’s ability to manufacture protein in the required amount leading to very fine looking hair. Making changes to diet and using products that will add fullness to the hair shafts are two options that generally work. The manner in which light is reflected off the hair changes as the natural pigment of the hair is lost. Cells at the base of the hair follicles stop their melanin production as we grow older. As the hair turns gray or white, the lighter color makes it appear thinner and finer as well. This can exaggerate the baldness so don’t be in too much of a hurry to stress yourself out. Duke University conducted research that showed stress was a major factor in gray hair.