For healthy locks

Hair and scalp problems have become common all thanks to stress, lack of sleep, and exposure to dust and air pollution. Hair, made up of dead protein and pigment, grows on hair follicles on the scalp. All follicles follow a growth cycle and each one grows and replaces its hair independently. So, the condition of one’s hair depends on the condition of the scalp. A healthy scalp produces healthy hair and vice versa.

Factors responsible for the degeneration of hair first ruin the scalp and then eventually the hair. These are not just the external forces that affect one’s hair and scalp health, internal aspects such as metabolism also play a role in the density, texture, pigmentation, and thickness of the hair.

Let’s look at some of the factors that determine the health of hair and scalp:

* Dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis, alopecia, greasy hair, and baldness are some of the common scalp and hair problems.

* Deficiency of vitamins D3, B12, protein, essential minerals especially iron, and an excess of vitamin A.

* Malfunctioning of the thyroid gland, fungal infections, and irregular periods or early menopause in women.

* Chronic diseases like cancer may also destroy the health of hair and scalp.

* Lifestyle disorders such as stress and insomnia further deteriorate the scalp.

* One should not forget that genes play a vital role in the texture, density, and growth of the hair. In many cases, baldness and premature greying of hair are also result of genetic predisposition.

Proper care & cleaning

Care is better than cure and this axiom goes best with dandruff, which develops due to excess scaling of the scalp. Dandruff reduces nourishment to the hair. Hence, protection from the dust and regular shampooing are the best ways to curb the occurrence of dandruff. If the problem persists, one must replace the shampoo with a good medicated anti-dandruff shampoo. In severe conditions, it is advised to consult a dermatologist.

However, in case of seborrhoeic dermatitis, the chances of 100% restoration are slim. Medications such as selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, topical antifungals, and steroids may control the problem if they are taken as per the advice of a dermatologist.

Benefits of activated charcoal

Dandruff infested, greasy and itchy scalps can be treated with activated charcoal. You can use it either before shampooing or by mixing it with the shampoo. Activated charcoal extracts even the tiniest of the dirt and doesn’t leave residues in the hair like the shampoo. It makes the hair lighter and adds more volume to it.

Comb it out

Brushes and combs can do much more than styling hair. Using a brush provides multiple benefits for your hair like massaging the scalp and removing dirt from the surface. Brushing stimulates blood circulation and releases oil called sebum created by the sebaceous gland, which is attached to the hair follicle.

(The author is the founder of Rejove Clinique)

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