How you care for your scalp matters. The right care can prevent certain types of hair loss and create a healthier hair strand which in turn promotes density and shine . As we age our hair naturally loses its luster and density . Most people neglect this part of their body and only turn their attention to the scalp when the hair begins to thin or the scalp environment begins flaking and itching . 

If you’ve done any gardening, you know that nurturing your soil is critical to growing healthy plants. Rich, well-watered soil will nourish plants and help them grow. Dry, cracked soil will do just the opposite, yielding weak growth or preventing any growth at all.

Hair’s relationship with the scalp is similar. With the right nourishment, a healthy, supple scalp creates the foundation for strong, healthy hair growth.

When the scalp is neglected you may experience limp, thinning and fragile hair. Poor scalp condition can even lead to hair loss. 

As we move from our Winter hair routines into Spring we take more notice of what’s going on with our hair that’s been hidden under caps or simply put up and out of the way . We notice static, dry patches and shattered ends . In colder climates , the build up from dry shampoos and lack of brushing can actually present extra shedding. 

Let’s talk about the scalp a little more here so you can get a better idea of why its’ so important to not neglect it . 

Our scalp contains approximately  100,000 follicles . Like a seed, each follicle contains a single hair that grows. Inside the follicle is sebum , an oil the body produces, that helps the scalp stay moisturized and protects the skin from infection. When the sebum production is overstimulated from over washing or from chemicals in the water supply , the hair can get greasy quickly . Because this is an oil – it can also go rancid which produces that famiar dirty hair smell . If the follicles are coated over with waxes, powders and lacquers the build up of rancid sebum can suffocate and eventually kill the follicle . This is where much of the scalp inflammation comes from . A high fever, endurance sports and certain recreational drugs that cause the body to overheat will produce a spike in DHT and the DHT heads straight to the follicles when it’s released in our adrenals . If that DHT gets trapped in the follicles it can cause an infection or extra inflammation , leading to a significant shed and potential for the onset of androgenetic alopecia , or male/female pattern baldness . Additionally the hair follicle goes deeply into the scalp and has its own  microbiome  as does the scalp itself . When the microbiome is disrupted it can create several scalp conditions such as : 

Dandruff 

Seborrheic Dermatitis (scaly, patchy dandruff )

Atopic Dermatitis ( Eczema) 

Psoriasis 

Rough Hair 

Hair Breakage 

Reduced Shine 

Thinner hair strands 

Premature Hair Loss 

Some things you can do at home to help promote a healthy scalp : 

  1. Check your shampoo and conditioner – use ewg.org to learn a bit more about the ingredients . Waxes and synthetic dyes and perfumes can wreak havoc. 
  2. Keep heavy masks off your scalp .
  3. Massage your shampoo in instead of scrubbing it in .
  4. Shampoo less . 
  5. Brush your hair and scalp . Gently . 
  6. Oil your ends at night . 
  7. Lower heat on your hot tools .
  8. Clarify your hair if you are an avid user of dry shampoos and pomades .
  9. Revisit your hair coloring practices . 
  10. Start on a nutritional supplement like Nutrafol https://growthpartner.nutrafol.com/pages/OMHolistichair
  11. Change your diet . Gut health has been linked to scalp issues .
  12. Perform  at home scalp treatments . 

If you would like help determining the best program for you and your scalp I would start with your hairstylist ( that would be me) . From there your stylist can determine what they can help you with and when to start looking into more in depth help .  Not all hairstylists are well versed in scalp issues , similarly , not all medical professionals are able to diagnose and treat scalp issues. The key is to treat it as soon as you notice an issue . 

Other sources of information : 

  1. Dermatologist that has a trichology specialty 
  2. Anti Aging Medical Professional – usually an OB or a Naturopathic MD 
  3. A licensed and certified Trichologist 
  4. A specialized Nutritionist 

An example of a scalp care session with me could  include  some or all of the following: 

  1. Gentle brushing and use of my fingers through you hair to determine amount of shed on dry hair. 
  2. A Tricho Analyzing session where I use a magnifying tool to photograph and video your current scalp environment to determine what your follicles and scalp are presenting. 
  3. A customized scalp treatment and massage . 
  4. A clarifying treatment 
  5. Analysis of shed after shampooing
  6. Light therapy 
  7. Reiki or pendulum 
  8. Blow dry 
  9. Customize a take home and create a maintenance plan 
  10. Referral to a medical professional if warranted 

I do consultations via zoom and FaceTime and network with a lot of professionals throughout the country . Fill out an appointment request form to schedule a consultation .

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