If you’re quick to take action whenever you notice your hair is becoming frizzy, dull, and limp, you should be more proactive when it comes to serious scalp conditions. Because no matter how much hair product you use on your hair to make it look like those in shampoo advertisements, it won’t work if your scalp is in bad condition. Don’t wait until it comes to a point where treatments no longer works and you’re left dealing with the worst aftermath which is permanent hair loss.
Here are the signs that your scalp needs help:
1. Excess Oil And Oily Scalp
Your scalp produces oil to keep it moisturize, however, there are instances where it goes overdrive and produces more than necessary. As a result, your hair becomes greasy which may lead to fungi or bacteria to breed and develop into dandruff and other scalp conditions.
This happens when you live in a tropical area where the heat triggers excessive sebum production and when you don’t dry your hair quickly after showering where the moisture leads to excess oil build up.
There are ways to control this, but if the following doesn’t seem to help, you should consider seeing a professional for treatment so that this condition doesn’t escalate to hair loss.
Change Your Shampoo
You need to switch to a shampoo that help clarify your scalp without stripping your scalp too much of your natural oils.
Exfoliate Your Scalp
Sometimes your scalp is oily because of product build up. In this case, exfoliating your scalp will help clear that entire gunk. You can either go to a hair salon for this or do it yourself. A mixture of 3 tablespoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil is a simple DIY exfoliator scrub that will help cleanse your scalp thoroughly. Just massage it gently into your scalp in a circular motion then shampoo and condition after letting it sit for 15 minutes.
Refrain From Applying Hair Products On Your Scalp
Hair products can clog up your scalp pores and cause oil to build up more easily. So whatever it is that you want to apply on your hair, keep it on the midshaft and your ends.
2. Dry, Ageing, And Itching Scalp
When your sebaceous gland isn’t producing enough oil, your scalp will result to this. However, there are reasons why that happen. It could be your shampoo is too harsh, you’re aging, sunburn, or you’re under a lot of physical or emotional stress. You have to address this accordingly and quickly especially if you find yourself scratching your scalp too hard to relieve the itch. This may leave lacerations on your scalp and increase your chance of getting an infection on your scalp.
Try these tips instead:
Pick A Gentler Shampoo
Most shampoo in the market irritates your scalp even more if you have dry and itchy scalp. That is because of the common shampoo ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate that causes your shampoo to lather but is also drying, irritating your scalp, fading your color, and even causes hair loss. It would be better if you use sulfate-free and alcohol-free shampoo and opt for those with soothing plant-based ingredient like aloe vera.
Moisturize Your Scalp
A warm oil massage to your scalp is a great way to not only moisturize it but to regain its natural process too. This will treat dry, aging, and itchy scalp because eliminates dryness, gives your scalp necessary nutrients, and even has antifungal and antibacterial properties to fight itchiness.
3. Flaking And Dandruff
People may experience 2 different kinds of dandruff, dry dandruff, and greasy dandruff. The first is the typical white flakes that fall from your head which is often due to dry and itchy scalp. While the latter is characterized by oily and yellow scales or flakes that stick onto your hair and head. The best way to determine which kind do you suffer from and best treatment for your condition, it’s best to seek your dermatologist. But for everyday care, buy a shampoo with ketaconazole or selenium sulfide to kill the bacteria and relieve the itch and flaking.
4. Reddish Painful Scalp
If this is your case, it could be due to sun damage, allergy, and irritation. To help alleviate this issue, here are the things that you can do:
Cut Out Harsh Hair Products From Your Daily Routine
Be more meticulous when choosing hair products. Read the ingredients and try to avoid shampoos with Ammonium lauryl sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Polyethelyne Glycol, Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA), Parabens, Formaldehyde, Alcohol, Synthetic Fragrance or Parfum.
Search For A Salon Treatment That Provides Your Scalp With A Protective Layer
Although it may take a couple of treatments before you see results, it will help restore your scalp’s natural protective barrier. This way you’re less likely to develop scalp conditions like reddish painful scalp.
If these two doesn’t seem to help, it could be because you’re suffering from Seborrheic dermatitis, Psoriasis, Infection, or skin cancer which requires treatment from a dermatologist.
5. Hair Loss
Hair fall is normal to some extent, but once it comes to a point that your hair is becoming visibly thinner, there are bald spots, or there are clumps of hair every time you brush your hair or shower, you should be alarmed. Although hair loss treatments may take months, early diagnosis and treatment still give you a better chance at recovery than just letting it get worse.