OK, so not the sexiest subject in the world. But it’s important. Let’s chat about scalp health.
Put Scalp Health First
If your life is busy like ours, scalp health is the last thing on our mind. But if you want a healthy head of hair, you’ve got to start at the roots. The average scalp probably goes untended and ignored, until you’re having a heart-to-heart with a friend and you spot the telltale white bits in the hair or (if it’s you) someone, somewhat intuitively or inevitably even, casts their eyes toward them, possibly even moving a hand to gently brush away a few flakes from a dark shirt. Oops.
Often, you don’t notice until someone notices for you. More than unsightly, scalp dryness probably also means that your hair is not healthy. It may be overwashed, under washed, washed with a drying shampoo, or symptomatic of a type of dermatitis (eczema or psoriasis are the common culprits).
Dandruff—what is it?
Excerpt from our beloved NHS.co.uk. For full article, click here.
Your skin constantly produces new skin cells and sheds old cells to stay healthy. Dandruff can occur when this cycle of skin renewal speeds up.
This leads to patches of dead skin forming on the scalp that come away into the hair.
A flaky scalp can be the result of:
- seborrhoeic dermatitis – a common skin condition associated with an overgrowth of yeast on the skin, which can cause the scalp, face and other areas of the body to become scaly, itchy and red; in babies it’s called cradle cap
- tinea capitis – a fungal infection of the scalp, also called scalp ringworm
- eczema – a common skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, red, flaky and very itchy
- allergic contact dermatitis – a reaction to products used on the scalp, such as hair dye, hairspray, hair gel or mousse
- psoriasis – a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales
Dandruff isn’t caused by poor hygiene, although it may be more obvious if you don’t wash your hair regularly. Stress and cold weather may also make it worse.