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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Healthy Hints for Better Hair

Healthy Hints for Better Hair

Our society places much emphasis on technology and modern conveniences. Computers are present in almost all of our homes today; automobiles talk to us; and televisions have remote controls that resemble Mission Control. Yet, in this world of buttons and beeps, people seem to yearn for a simpler, healthier life. It is this desire that seems to be fueling the recent trends that encourage people to eat healthier foods, take more peaceful vacations, and get into top physical shape.

In response to these new trends, health food stores have become more popular than ever and peddle everything from vitamins to protein drinks. Exclusive spas attract clients from all over the country to relax in steam rooms or consult with nutritionists. Dozens of books have been published to guide you to a healthier lifestyle. You can’t turn the television on or pick up a magazine without hearing or reading about how broccoli can help prevent cancer or how garlic wards off colds. All of these avenues toward a healthier lifestyle have become very chic.

You have changed your diet. You are avoiding trans fats and working out at the health club. The family vacation this year will be a hiking and camping expedition to a national park. But, have you considered your hair? If you are getting in tune with your entire body, why leave your hair out?

For centuries farmers have harvested fruits and vegetables during certain lunar signs to stimulate ultimate productivity. The Farmers’ Almanac still carries “best days to” tables based on formulas that take the Moon’s place in the Zodiac into consideration. If lunar cycles control something as powerful as our tides, why not our hair growth?

In the Farmers’ Almanac we list an entire year’s worth of best days to retard hair growth and then best days to enhance hair growth. Retarding hair growth can apply to shaving, waxing, and plucking.

For September and October:

Best Days to Cut Hair to Enhance Growth:
September: 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25 O
October: 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 21—23

Best Days to Cut Hair to
Retard Growth:
September: 3, 4, 8, 9, 26, 27, 30
October: 1, 5, 6, 10, 25, 28, 29

So as you consider living healhty, don’t forget your hair! Before you head out or make your next hair appointment, check the Farmers’ Almanac for the best days to do this. Then let us know how well this old but new method worked.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.