I get so many questions from clients eager to solve hair problems like rejuvenating thinning hair, preventing breakage and weakness, improving texture and shine, and eliminating dandruff. They are always surprised when I start by asking about how they care for their scalp. The simple truth is that beautiful hair absolutely depends on the right scalp health routine.
The scalp is home to hair follicles, those tiny little organs that produce each and every strand of your hair. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, a scalp contains about 100,000 follicles. Their success in producing healthy, vibrant hair is entirely dependent on how clean, hydrated and conditioned your scalp and its follicles are.
Sebaceous glands also live on the scalp, producing sebum oil that nourishes your skin, retains moisture, keeps hair pliable, and protects the skin from infection. The scalp also features one of the densest networks of blood vessels in the entire body, carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the scalp tissue.
These deficiencies can trigger a decline in sebum supply, leading to dry, flaky, itchy skin and inflammation. Blood flow can become more sluggish, causing the skin of the scalp to become tighter. This shrinks follicles and weakens hair shafts, making it more difficult to push hair strands through the surface of the scalp. It can result in thinning hair and hair loss.
Sun damage and the effects of extreme cold leave skin and follicles parched and stripped of nutrients. Buildup of inferior product clogs pores, creating a dry, flakey scalp that can lead to dandruff, a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis caused by the Malassezia globosa fungus. And, as we know, stress just weakens everything.
Your stylist can help you build the specific scalp health routine that is right for your hair. Of course, any serious conditions relating to the scalp, such as alopecia, skin cancers, psoriasis, impetigo, eczema and others should be immediately referred to your physician.
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