4 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Scalp Health
Want better hair days? Who doesn’t?!
Much like how a tree’s health and beauty is dependent on the health of the ground it grows in, your hair’s health and beauty is directly impacted by the health of your scalp.
It’s your scalp health that determines whether your hair is too dry, too oily, or just right. It’s your scalp health that controls whether or not you have dandruff. It’s your scalp health that determines how much hair you’ll lose or grow.
Bottom line: for better hair days you need to pay attention to your scalp, which is why we asked Dr. Alan Bauman, board-certified hair restoration physician, to give us a lesson on scalp health!
What You Need To Know About Scalp Health, For Better Hair Days Ahead!
Sebum. Much like how your skin produces sebum (hellos pimple-causers!), your scalp too produces sebum, ideally in the perfect amount to keep your scalp and hair hydrated, without being oily. That said, our body’s sebum production isn’t always perfect. Scalp producing too much sebum? Your hair and scalp will look and feel oily, which in severe cases can cause inflammation, itching, and even dandruff. Too little sebum and you can end up with dry, itchy scalp and dry flakes.
pH. pH balance is essential for a healthy scalp and hair. If we disrupt our body’s natural pH with a “wrong” shampoo, you could end up with an itchy, red, irritated and dandruff-laden scalp. According to recent research, the scalp pH is 5.5, and the hair shaft pH is 3.67. Unfortunately, the pH of hair care products is not part of mandatory labelling, so it could be worth visiting a trained trichologist to help determine the appropriate products for your pH, scalp, and hair type.
Dandruff. More than 50% of adults suffer from dandruff, or flaking scalp. Dandruff can be dry or oily, occur occasionally (like after a hair color treatment) or regularly, be hereditary or even due to a hormonal imbalance. Dandruff is affected by sebum, fungal/microbial metabolism, and individual susceptibility. If you’re suffering from regular dandruff, and over-the-counter products aren’t cutting it, you can have your sebum levels checked by a trichologist who can asses microorganism colonies and help you to manage sebum production and find the best treatment.
Stress. Stress negatively affects, well, practically everything – including your scalp and hair! Recent studies on mice indicate that stress hormone levels have a direct impact on impairing hair follicle function, shutting down the hair follicle, and causing hair loss. Click here for tips for a more stress free day… and better hair days too!