It’s a common misconception that the impact of a diet can or should be measured in weight. In fact, dietary habits affect the body and emotions in a multitude of ways, and while weight is certainly one of them, it is important not to overlook other factors. For example, a person whose typical diet includes a lot of red meat may not see much fluctuation in their weight, but their risk of heart disease will continue to increase over time. Another person may experience the quick loss of a few pounds with a crash diet, but the lack of nutrients in their system will take its toll on that individual’s energy and overall health. On the flip side, a balanced and well-rounded diet can be credited for weight maintenance, disease risk reduction, and a vibrancy that permeates the entire body, including skin and hair.

Dietary Habits That Help Your Hair

There are a number of nutrients that promote hair health, and the best way to get the most out of their benefits is to integrate them into your daily meals in a balanced fashion. Protein, for example, is the main building block of hair, so making sure your daily intake is sufficient is important to your locks in addition to your muscles. Most Americans consume more protein than they need each day, but if you eat a vegetarian or vegan diet, beautiful hair is another reason to double check that you’re getting enough of that key nutrient from other sources. Diets that are high in iron, zinc, and Vitamin C are also good for hair as deficiencies in iron and/or zinc can hurt hair quality and cause hair loss, and Vitamin C aids in the absorption of these minerals. Iron can be found in eggs, beans, and whole grains, zinc in oysters and nuts, and Vitamin C in fruits and veggies like broccoli, leafy greens, oranges, and strawberries. Another nutrient often touted for the role it plays in hair health is the omega-3 fatty acid. Salmon, mackerel, and flaxseeds are all good sources. Other important vitamins and minerals include vitamins A (but not too much!), the Bs (eggs), D (sun!), and E (spinach), copper (sesame seeds), potassium (dried fruits), and folic acid (whole grains). Of course, the list goes on and on, but the important takeaway here is that a nutrient rich diet can have a really positive impact on all areas of your health – your hair included – so why not make it a priority?

Dietary Habits That Hurt Your Hair

First and foremost, a deficiency in the above nutrients, especially protein and iron, is an invitation for unhealthy hair that is prone to breakages and loss. This is a common and often overlooked source of damage that can be easily avoided through your regular daily eating habits.

Crash diets also have a negative impact on hair. The sudden and sharp decline of nutrients starves the hair follicles and can severely damage them, leading to thinning and loss. This kind of impact doesn’t just take away the shine during the diet either. Deficiencies caused by crash diets can impact the individual’s hair even months afterwards!

Sometimes even a balanced diet needs a bit of a boost to be able to meet an individual’s needs. Untreated anemia, for example, can have a negative impact on hair health if the anemic individual is getting the other nutrients discussed above, but isn’t getting their prescribed amount of iron.

Lastly, extreme dietary habits including disorders like anorexia are well-known causes of hair loss. Eating disorders have numerous negative impacts on the body, and hair health is just one of them.

If you are experiencing hair loss you can schedule a consultation with a professional online here or call Van Scoy at (419) 289-6665.

Hair growth is cyclical. Throughout an individual’s life, the hairs all over their body are going through a long growth phase followed by a brief transition phase and then an intermediate resting phase before the specific hair is shed and a new one begins its long growth phase in the first one’s place. Growth, transition, rest, shed. Growth, transition, rest, shed. This pattern, which varies in exact duration from one person to the next and one body area to the next, is most frequently discussed in terms of its three main phases, the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase.

The anagen phase, or growth phase, can last anywhere from 2 to 6 years for scalp hairs. During this time, the follicle’s cells in the root are dividing, receiving nutrients that fuel growth from the bloodstream that are delivered via the papilla. Scalp hairs in the anagen phase grow on average about 6 inches per year. Hairs on other parts of the body, such as eyebrows or arm hairs, have a much shorter anagen phase, and thus, are shorter hairs than those on the scalp.

The catagen phase, or transition phase, is the shortest of the three, lasting only a few weeks for scalp hairs. During this time, the hair moves (or transitions) from active growth to a resting state. The mechanism through which this is achieved involves the root attaching to the shaft and detaching from the papilla, cutting the hair off from its source of nutrients.

The telogen phase, or resting phase, typically lasts about 2 to 3 months for scalp hairs. During this time, the non-growing, detached hair is referred to as a club hair. It is essentially dormant until it falls from the head. If it has not been shed by the time the next anagen phase begins, it is forced out by the newly growing hair. For those hairs on other parts of the body such as eyebrows or arm hairs, which, as discussed above, have a shorter anagen phase, the telogen phase is actually longer, leaving the short hairs at rest for more time than on they would be on the scalp.

Fortunately, not all hairs experience these phases at the same time. If they did, a person would experience years of growth followed by complete baldness. Instead, most hairs are in different stages than those surrounding them. At any given time, about 85-90% of hairs are in the anagen phase meaning only 10-15% are in the catagen and telogen phases, with more in the latter than the former. Some noticeable hair shedding occurs (up to 100 each day), but a healthy head of hair appears consistently full.

In less healthy manes, hair loss can sometimes be explained by a shift in the percentage of hair in the anagen and telogen phases. If follicles that would typically be in the growth phase enter the resting phase early, then the percentage of hairs in the anagen phase drops and that of those in the telogen phase increases, leading to a period of shedding a higher than typical amount of hair. This type of hair loss is referred to as telogen efflivium and can be caused by a number of things, including stress and subsequent changes in dietary habits, sleep, and health. As we wrote in our discussion on the impact of stress on hair loss in April:

“When external or emotional stressors lead to physiological stress, the body responds by essentially taking the attention it was giving the hairs in the anagen phase and reallocating it to other areas in need, thus pushing a larger number of follicles into the resting state. After a few months, these resting hairs begin to shed. While it is normal to lose telogen phase follicles, the abrupt loss of so many new resting hairs when stressors have caused telogen effluvium makes a regular cycle of loss and growth into an unbalanced and noticeable process of hair thinning.”

Gaining comprehension of how healthy hair growth works is an important part of understanding irregularities. With the knowledge of expected growth patterns and mechanisms, we can then identify specific points of abnormal development and explore their causes.

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scalp health dandruff diseaseDandruff is embarrassing and annoying, but can it be cured? Does it lead to baldness? Dandruff may be a sign that something’s haywire with your hair follicles, and that can lead to thinning hair. Here’s what’s really causing that itchy, flaky scalp.

Your skin, including your scalp, naturally sheds dead skin all the time, usually once a month. But your scalp can get out of control, shedding every few days. That’s most often caused by the hyperactivity of a one-celled organism called Pityrosporum ovale or Malassezia ovalis.

Here’s how it works: Hair grows out of a tiny shaft in the skin called the follicle. Each follicle is nourished by a sebaceous gland that produces a waxy oil called sebum. Malassezia feeds on those sebaceous glands and multiplies, causing the skin to shed faster. So if you have an oily scalp, you’re more susceptible to dandruff. It can’t be cured, but the shedding can be controlled.

What Else Can Cause Dandruff?

Saturated fats and trans-fatty oils: These age-old enemies in your diet stimulate scalp sebum, making a feast for Malassezia and other organisms.

Cold weather: This is chapped-hands weather, but your scalp can suffer too. When you’re outside, wear a warm hat and gloves.

Dry heat: In indoor dry heat, your skin and scalp will benefit from the use of a humidifier. If you have to blow-dry your hair, keep the drying time short. Better yet, let your hair dry naturally.

Sun and tanning: Yes, your scalp can get sunburn from UVA, which can damage the follicles. Tanning salons use UVA and UVB. Wear a cap outdoors or a towel around your hair in the salon.

Harsh shampoos and conditioners: Ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate create a foaming lather, but it’s tough on the skin. Pick a shampoo that either doesn’t contain these or that substitutes them with sodium lauryl sulfosuccinate or sodium lauryl sulfoacetate. Sounds the same, we know, but the effects are different. For conditioners, pick one that’s dimethicone-free and preferably one with 18-MEA, a natural substance.

Not enough rinsing: You’d be surprised how much shampoo or conditioner can get left in your hair. Rinse more than you think you need.

Contact dermatitis: We use a lot of chemical-laden products on our hair and scalp — dyes, gel, spray, mousse, and various shampoos and conditioners. You could be allergic to any one or a combination of these.

But Can Dandruff Cause Baldness?

Probably not. But eczema, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis can damage hair follicles, which means that new hair isn’t going to be produced from those follicles. Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by yeast growing on the skin, causing red, itchy, scaly patches. Plain, ordinary dandruff isn’t going to cause hair loss, but if your scalp gets red or swollen, see a specialist.

If you’re experiencing signs of an unhealthy scalp or hair loss it’s important to immediately see a hair restoration specialist. At Van Scoy Hair Clinics we specialize in hair loss treatment solutions for men and women of all hair types. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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Summer does a number on your hair. The salt from swimming in the ocean and the chlorine from pools can do a lot to cause dryness to your hair. One element of summer that many don’t understand is the humidity and why it makes it so difficult for their hair. We are going to discuss several affects that humidity has on your hair so you can have a better understanding of why it is so difficult to have great looking hair in humid weather.

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Humidity Causes Dry Frizzy Hair

If your someone with curly hair then you know, when the weather is humid your hair can be your worst enemy. The humidity can cause your hair to be frizzy and unmanageable. This happens because curly hair has rough cuticles which can become exasperated with humid weather. To help avoid the frizzes, let your hair dry naturally and avoid brushing it. Simply just run your fingers through your hair after washing it to remove tangles. The less you brush your hair on humid day the less frizzy it will become.

Damages Dry Hair

When your hair is colored or permed, your hair follicles can become more porous. This porousness of the hair follicles can allow them to retain a lot of water on humid days. When this happens your follicles will look damaged at the ends creating a frizzy look. Use a leave-in conditioner on humid days. Also avoid styling your hair too much as it can cause more damage. Often many women with damaged hair will find that putting their hair up on humid days will allow them to get through the day without having to come into contact with their hair.

Fine Hair vs. Humidity

It’s not much of a fight for those with fine hair on humid days. Fine hair typically has hair follicles that absorb and retain moisture. This can cause your hair to become more lifeless and limp because it become so weighed down by the added moisture. To minimize the limpness you want to use very little hair product as possible when the weather is humid. It is also a good idea to limit how much your run your fingers through your hair as it can leave oils from your hands on your hair, and that oil can also weighdown your hair.

When the days become humid your best bet is to put your hair up in a ponytail. This allows you to know what your hair looks like throughout the day and it prevents you from causing additional damage to it by over-brushing it and styling it in your attempt to reduce the frizziness and limpness.

If you suffer from hair loss, humidity can make it appear more prevalent. We can offer affordable hair replacement solutions that are custom designed to your hair loss type and your lifestyle.


holidaysDuring the holidays, everyone wants his or her hair to be on point. Hair stylists are likely to see an uptick in last-minute appointments as people prepare for holiday parties and galas. However, the holidays also bring many surprise stress triggers, some of which can affect the luster of your hair. Let’s explore the science behind dull hair during the holidays and how you can keep your lock healthy and strong all season long.

How Does Stress Dull Hair?

When you’re operating at 100 percent, your body is constantly producing new hair growth. Stress shuts down unnecessary functions, and unfortunately the body doesn’t put hair first. Under extreme stress, hair will cease to regrow as natural shedding occurs. This can leave your locks dull and thinned out, not something you hope for during the holiday season.

What Contributes to Holiday Stress?

While the holiday period is generally seen as a fun-filled time of year, there are plenty of things that can cause stress.

Over-indulgence in rich treats and drinks can often leave people feeling full, bloated and ready for their New Year’s resolution. Thinking about the extra calories taken in during the holidays can cause major stress.

Too many obligations to family, friends and co-workers can put your body out of whack. The holidays often bring a fuller schedule, money woes and last-minute shopping trips that can all be huge contributors to end-of-the-year stress.

The holiday season can also lead to eating more carbs or consuming more alcohol. Studies show alcohol can be one of the causes of hair loss. If you’re already stressed, this can be a one-two punch to your follicles.

Tips to Combat Dull Holiday Hair

The holidays don’t have to be a stressful time. The number one thing you can do is schedule some self-care time. Whether it be relaxing with a hair mask, or using that deep conditioning treatment you’ve been waiting on all year, make sure to take some time away from the hustle and bustle to focus on yourself.

Shouldering all of that stress isn’t healthy. Reach out to friends or family and ask for help if you need it. With more people taking care of the hard parts of the holiday, you can ease stress and make sure your hair shines.

The Bottom Line

Hair health can often be overlooked, but holiday stress can have a real impact on how your hair looks, feels and grows. Try tactics to reduce stress and reap the benefits to your hair and overall health all season long.

Holiday stress can cause dull hair but if you’re suffering from hair loss that is a year round problem. Don’t let another year go by without doing something about it. At Van Scoy Hair Clinics we have helped thousands of Ohio area men, women, and children suffering from hair loss, regardless of the cause of it. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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Hair loss is far more common than many men and women would like to admit. While some medical hair loss treatments can help, there is no magical cure for hair loss. The one thing you can do is take care of your hair and doing so naturally is a good idea to improve your hair’s appearance.

Taking a natural approach

For many people, taking a natural approach to hair health as well as overall health just seems like a good idea. A balanced diet and regular exercise can help you to feel and look good. We all know that when it comes to food, eating fresh is much better for you than processed foods. A healthy diet that is rich in nutrients and vitamins and drinking plenty of water all can have a positive benefit for your skin and hair.

It has been noted by the US Office on Women’s Health that the best way to keep your hair in tip-top shape involves a healthy lifestyle and good hair care. It’s a good idea to wash your hair regularly but that doesn’t mean every day. Hair can get too dry and that will lead to breakage of the hair strands. Also, when you wash your hair, make sure the water is not to hot as that can work against your hair and can dry out your locks. Just like you would ingest chemicals, it is best to minimize the amount of chemicals you put on your scalp. Always look at the labels for hair dyes, shampoos, and other hair care products so you know what contents they have in them. Opt for natural, and high-quality products like those used by many professionals.

Lifestyle factors to consider

There are a number of factors that can contribute to hair loss and one of the most common is genetics. There are medical conditions that can play a part in someone developing thinning hair or baldness as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic stress is a contributor to hair loss. Depending on how severe the stress in your life is, you might want to consider making changes in your lifestyle where possible in order to help minimize the stress levels you’re facing. This could involve talking to family and friends, a medical professional, getting regular exercise and other activities like yoga, acupuncture, and medication.

Other options

Making healthy choices from the foods we eat to the products you use on our hair and scalp can improve the appearance of your hair and keep it in healthy condition. If you have hair loss you should talk to your doctor or a hair loss specialist. There are a number of different treatments that over the years has advanced dramatically. There are men’s hair replacements and human hair extensions that can hide your hair loss and ensure your hair looks healthy and full.

Stages of Hair Growth

If you are suffering from hair loss it may actually give you a better understanding of “why” if you know how hair grows. Hair growth stems from a follicle, which is a sac like structure designed to generate hair and regulate the hair growth cycle. The follicle sits beneath the skin and is nourished by blood vessels. There are four stages a hair goes through from growth to when it falls out.

  1. Anagen Stage

The growth phase of the cycle is called the anagen stage. This stage typically lasts from two all the way up to about seven years. The hairs length will be determined during this growth period. On a regular basis almost all of the hair on your head is in the anagen phase and those who have trouble growing hair probably have shorter anagen stages.

  1. Catagen Stage

Following the anagen stage is the catagen phase or the transition phase. When the anagen phase is complete and the catagen phase begins the follicles decrease in size and fall from the dermal papilla. This phase lasts for ten days.

  1. Resting Stage

Older hair will be in the resting phase for approximately three months. At any point in time only about 10% of hairs are in the resting stage. New hair growth will begin to overlap the older hair during this phase.

  1. Exogen Stage

The exogen stage begins during the end of the resting stage. The old hair falls out or exits while new hair grows. The average person loses 50-100 hairs each day. This amount of hair loss during the exogen stage is completely normal.

Maintaining a healthy diet and being gentle on your hair are great ways to keep these four cycles successfully in motion for years to come. Unfortunately, millions of people suffer from hair loss conditions that are beyond their control. If you have any questions or need hair replacement information please contact us. If you would like to stop in to talk to us, we will be happy to meet with you and answer all your hair loss and hair replacement questions. Please call ahead so we can give you 100% of our attention. All consultations are conducted in a private, respectful atmosphere.

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wintertime hairWinter’s dry weather can lead to wintertime hair that leaves women more susceptible to hair loss. If your hair gets dry and brittle in the winter, try one of these natural home remedies to add some moisture and shine to your hair.

  1. Deep Treat Your Locks

There are a number of natural deep treatment options you can use to moisturize your hair in the winter. Consider one of these three treatments that use all-natural ingredients you might already have at home.

Coconut Oil Deep Treatment

Apply 1/2 cup to 1 cup of extra virgin coconut oil to your hair. The amount you use will depend on the length and thickness of your hair. Do not melt oil before applying. Work coconut oil into roots. Cover your hair with a shower cap and allow your hair and scalp to soak it in for 30 minutes. Wash and condition after.

Olive Oil Deep Treatment

Wash and condition hair normally. Apply 2-4 tbsp olive oil to wet strands. Cover in a shower cap and let sit for 2 hours to overnight. Rinse oil out and shampoo normally.

Egg Hair Mask

Mix two eggs and coat scalp and hair with the mixture. Apply a shower cap and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water to avoid cooking eggs. Add an extra yolk for hair that needs an extra boost of moisture.

  1. Eat the Right Foods

Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E can help hair stay healthy and strong and prevent dryness. Consider adding some of these foods to your diet:



Sweet potatoes

Olive oil





  1. Use Dry Shampoo

Shampoo strips hair of its natural oils, and over-shampooing hair can leave it dry and frail. Consider mixing up your routine by using dry shampoo for every other wash. If you are going to shampoo, be sure to use a natural and organic conditioner each time to lock in moisture.

  1. Avoid Hair Dryers, Hot Irons and Curling Irons

If you can, allow your hair to dry naturally and avoid using heating products like straightening irons and curling wands. If you can’t get by without styling your hair, coat your hair in a protective serum while it’s still wet and keep the heat on your irons as low as possible.

  1. Use a Humidifier

Keeping the air in your house moist will help prevent your wintertime hair from drying out in the colder months. Having a humidifier on in your bedroom while you sleep at night allows your hair to soak in more moisture.

Other Tips

Take warm — not hot — showers. The hotter the water, the more likely it is to dry out your skin, scalp and hair. Only shampoo at your roots. That’s where the oil resides, and the run-off water will remove oil from further down the strand and prevent it from drying out. Use a silk pillowcase. They can prevent tangles at night that might break or damage hair.

If you’re struggling to manage your dry, brittle wintertime hair, consider trying one of these tips to boost your hair’s moisture level. After trying, if you find you’re experiencing hair loss and not seeing results, you may want to consider a human hair wig or hair replacement treatment.

At Van Scoy Hair Clinics, we offer non-surgical, non-invasive hair replacement and hair loss treatment solutions for men and women of all hair types, individually customized to your specific needs, degree and type of hair loss, and lifestyle. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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dirty hairOne current “in” thing for personal beauty is not washing your hair. Dirty hair can be a mistake because your scalp health deteriorates. Your hair also can become dull and lose volume. Here are a few reasons why it’s still worth your while to grab that shampoo (and conditioner).

  1. It’s Better for Morale

Guess what happens when you wait a long stretch to wash your hair? You lose more at once, and while that signals nothing abnormal, it’s bound to get you down. You try hard to take care of your hair, and here it is, falling out…and out…and out.

When you wait days to wash your hair, odds are high that you use a few products to compensate or help. The thing is, these products aren’t weightless, and the nerve endings near your hair follicles feel the stress. You could experience headaches and pain, especially when taking down a hairstyle at the end of a long day. Also, the news is bad if you value your abundant locks; over time, this type of strain may cause your hairline to lose some ground. Not good for morale at all.

  1. Dirty Hair Has a Domino Effect

People wash things to clean them, so the fact that your hair becomes dirty after a few days of no shampooing is not a surprise. What may be unexpected, however, is the ripple effect of dirty hair. For one thing, your hair shines less. The dirt isn’t blocking light per se, but it is making your hair rougher, and rough hair just doesn’t reflect light well. Shampoo helps your locks shine, and conditioner gives them that extra oomph.

The dust created by your dirty hair diminishes your hair’s innate ability to shine and dulls its color. That’s not all; the products and dirt weighing down your hair make it look greasy and cause it to lose volume. Last but not least, dirty hair tends to have too much sebum (an oily secretion) in it, and that can lead to even more dirt.

  1. Your Scalp Will Thank You

A healthy scalp means your hair grows to be strong, but going many days in between hair washes is bad for your scalp.

It can make your scalp smell: When your sweat glands get clogged, and there’s too much oil on your scalp, you get the “fun” side effect of lots of bacteria. Result: Your scalp smells — and not in a good way.

Your scalp itches: Too much dirt, dust and particles rolling around leads you to scratch your scalp more. This may cause a chain effect because satisfying your itch could lead to flaking. This problem is particularly serious in winter, when conditions for scalp dryness are more present.

Even if you experience no itching, your scalp could be happier. Dust, dirt and grime don’t constitute the ideal environment for a healthy scalp.

From scalp irritation to dulled shine to lowered morale, there are at least three reasons why grabbing that shampoo is a good idea. But how often should you wash your hair? While it really varies from person to person, a good number to strive for is every two days. Even every three days might be okay. On the other hand, if you’re an avid exerciser or have an oily scalp, daily shampooing may make sense.

Suffering from scalp irritation and hair loss? Van Scoy’s Ohio hair restoration clinics are recognized leaders in multi-therapeutic hair restoration for men and women. To schedule a free hair loss evaluation today call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.



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Unfortunately, hair loss is something that many women face during their lifetime. In fact, female pattern hair loss affects almost 40 percent of American women. This can lead to loss of self-esteem and confidence, an unfortunate side effect of the condition.

However, hair loss doesn’t mean you should also lose your self-esteem. This New Year could be your best one yet!

My Story of Hair Loss

For me, hair loss was a result of stress. A move, a break up and family issues were causing me to lose sleep and, even worse, my hair. I noticed it in the shower at first. The average woman can lose between 50 to 100 hairs per day, but it was clear my problem was far greater than normal.

Before I knew it, my hair was starting to look thin in places it had never before, and my confidence was dashed.

Fortunately, the stresses in my life have calmed substantially. That, combined with tailored treatment and careful planning, have curbed any continued hair loss. But I understand the pain and loss of self-worth women experience when their hair is affected.

Types of Hair Loss in Women

To combat your hair loss and bring back your confidence, it’s important to understand the type of hair loss you are experiencing.

Some hair loss, like mine, happens due to lifestyle changes or adjustments. The following can affect your hair in different ways:

Stress or anxiety


Hormonal birth control

There are also medical reasons that women may face hair loss, such as alopecia or complications from medicine.

Finding the Light in 2017

Make the resolution to remain positive and focused on yourself in the New Year. Though you may feel your self-confidence wither, remind yourself that you are beautiful, strong and capable of everything. Positive affirmations can go a long way toward making self-esteem soar.

You may also consider visiting a hair loss studio in the New Year.

Meeting with hair-loss experts could be the first step to finding the root cause of your female hair loss and determining a plan of action.

The New Year represents a new start. Make the focus of next year you — and start building the path to self-confidence and self-esteem. You’re worth it!

If you’re suffering from hair loss make 2017 the year you do something about it! Come see us at Van Scoy Hair Clinics. We offer proven non-surgical, non-invasive hair replacement and hair loss treatment solutions for men and women of all hair types. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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