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Everything You Need to Know About Scalp Health

Women have always been hard on their hair. From hair dyes, and styling products to straightening and extensions, the goal of lush locks often takes a toll on our scalp. Here are some interesting facts about what’s under your hair.

  1. Most women these days use multiple hair products and don’t wash their hair every day.  Is this causing more problems to scalp health? 

We are seeing more women use styling mouse, anti-frizz polish, root lifting sprays, and other hair products while skipping shampooing all together in lieu of “dry shampoo.” Dry shampoo, is a spray that absorbs excess oils on hair and is used when you don’t have time or want to wash your hair. This may not be a problem for most but for those who suffer from dandruff, scalp psoriasis, or have a greasy scalp; not washing their hair and scalp every day can definitely worsen or even cause problems. If someone has sensitive skin or an allergy to ingredients in hair products; they can develop a reaction.

  1. Is it important to treat hair health and scalp issues from the inside out?  

The appearance of scalp and hair can be one of the first indicators of overall well-being and stress. When we are vitamin deficient, have hormonal imbalances, or are emotionally stressed it can manifest in the appearance of our scalp and hair. For example, hypothyroidism can present as dry brittle hair and hair thinning with a flaking scalp. Iron deficiency can also present with thinning hair. It is important to supplement your nutrition to provide the support for your hair and scalp to improve. Vitamins such as Viviscal and Biotin are very important supplements that work very well.

  1. What if you had a healthy scalp and all of a sudden start to get scalp breakouts? Is this from product build-up? What causes this and what are things you can do to help with breakouts? 

Product build up can definitely cause blockage of follicles on the scalp and lead to scalp folliculitis or even seborrheic dermatitis, which appear to be red bumps that can be tender and filled with pus and light pink flaking patches respectively. Washing your scalp daily can help, and alternating shampoos is another good tip to help prevent product build up. Alternating several times per week with an anti-dandruff shampoo can also help control scalp flares. If this does not help, visit with the Dermatologist for prescription shampoo or topical medicines for better control.

  1. What about itchy scalp? What can you do to help with this problem?