Posts Tagged ‘scalp care’

Importance of Scalp Health

February 23rd, 2011

You probably don’t realize it, but keeping the scalp healthy is even more important than keeping hair healthy.  An unhealthy scalp can lead to all kinds of problems some of which include dandruff, itching, scalp disease, scalp pimples and scalp bumps.  An unhealthy scalp can also lead to hair loss which certainly no one wants.  The bottom line is if you don’t have a healthy scalp then most likely you won’t have healty hair either. 

So how do you take care of your scalp.  One of the most important things to know about the scalp is that it naturally secretes sebum, or oil.  The scalp needs some oil in order to be balanced.  The goal is to have a balanced scalp without too much or too little oil.  Using the right products makes a huge difference.  Stay away form chemical ingredient that leave hair overly dry.  Also be away of too many heated styling tools which can also dry hair and scalp.

Creating Balance on the Scalp

September 20th, 2010

Getting healthy beautiful hair is as much about a healthy scalp as it is about taking care of the hair itself.  A healthy scalp must maintain a delicate balance of oils. 

 When the scalp is out of balance it is easy for oil to build up around the hair follicle.  Too much oil on the scalp also allows bacteria to multiply quickly.  When oil and bacteria build up all types of problems can occur.  The result may be bumps and acne on the scalp.  Also many scalp conditions are caused by too much or too little oil on the scalp.  Many people get seborrhea, seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff just to name a few.

Your don’t have to use harsh chemicals to treat these conditions.  Zinc is an ingredient that has been found to be a great equalizer for the scalp.  It is a gentle but effective cleanser.  It is also capable of regulating the sebum gland.  The sebum gland produces the oil on the scalp.  Zinc Plex shampoo uses zinc as well as natural amino acids to balance the scalp.  Other herbs, nutrients, and omegas make this a perfect healthy hair shampoo.  It is able to naturally and safely restore balance and health to the scalp.

Scalp Sores are a Big Problem

September 7th, 2010

Sores on the scalp are a problem that many people face.  They are annoying and can be painful.  These sores, bumps and blisters can be a result of several things including:  contact dermatitis, a viral infection like chickenpox or shingles, scalp acne, impetigo, cysts or sometimes even skin cancer. 

 Folliculitis is a condition that occurs when the scalp is too dry and the hair follicle is left open.  Oil and bacteria become trapped in the hair follicle and cause bumps and sores to appear.  These bumps can be small or large.  Severe folliculitis can lead to boils and cysts on the scalp in addition to sores.  In order to treat this condition the bacteria must be removed from the follicle with a gentle but deep penetrating cleanser. 

 Contact dermatitis can also lead to scalp sores.  It is caused by an allergic reaction.  The usual culprit is chemical ingredients that are found in hair products like perms, shampoos, and other treatments.  These chemicals can cause irritation and lead to bumps and sores.   

The best way to fight all scalp conditions is to create a balance on the scalp.  Too much or too little oil on the scalp can lead to scalp problems including sores, bumps and scaling.  Zinc is an excellent ingredient to use to balance the scalp.  It works by regulating the sebaceous glands’ production.  It is also great at gently cleaning away bacteria and oil build up.

What is Making My Scalp Itch?

July 26th, 2010

Scalp itchy is an all too common problem.  It can be caused by a number of scalp conditions.  Treating itchy scalp involves getting rid of the root cause and creating a proper oil balance on the scalp.  So first of all it is important to find out what is calling the itchy scalp.  The following is a list of the most common causes and some of their symptoms. 

Dandruff- Flaking and itching from this bothersome condition is often the diagnosis.

Dry Scalp- The simple lack of oil may be causing the scalp to itch. 

Contact Dermatitis- The chemicals ingredients in the many hair product we use can cause an irritation on the scalp and lead to contact dermatitis. 

Seborrheic Dermatitis- This is an itchy condition with yellowish greasy scales on the scalp.  They may spread to the ears and nose as well. 

Scalp Psoriasis- Psoriasis is usually white or silvery in color.  The scales can be thick and may occur in various spots on the scalp.  If psoriasis is on the scalp it will often be found on other parts of the body as well. 

Scalp Acne- Acne on the scalp is similar to that on the face, but it is more difficult to treat because of the hair.  Some cases are mild while others can be quite severe.    

Head Lice- While this is more common in children, it is possible for anyone to suffer from head lice.  To tell if lice are present look for nits, tiny eggs, attached to the hair follicle about one inch from the scalp.

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