The health of your scalp determines the health of your hair. Your scalp is like the soil of a farm. Poor soil will directly affect the well-being of the plants growing in it. Similarly, anything that would cause scalp inflammation can be harmful to your hair's existence and well-being.
Disruption in the balance of the scalp has been linked to dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis (a condition that causes dandruff and scaly patches), and atopic dermatitis (eczema). These issues are linked to rough hair, hair breakage, and reduced hair shine can also lead to premature hair loss.
Our scalp often lets us know if something is amiss. Common symptoms of an unhealthy scalp include:
Each hair follicle comes with glands that secrete natural oils created by the body known as sebum. This oil is used to ensure that the scalp does not dry out and protects the hair follicles. However, it is the over-secretion of sebum that causes an oily scalp. Excessive oil would retain higher amounts of dirt and pollutants from the air which encourages the formation of dandruff. It also causes the hair to stick to the scalp giving the characteristic oily sheen, resulting in limp and lifeless looking hair. If the oil secretion is severe enough, it can clog the pores containing the hair follicles which may eventually lead to hair loss.
Excessive washing is one of the causes of oily scalp, as washing too many times will result in nerve endings in the scalp sending signals to increase sebum production extensively. The shampoo is used to break down and wash away the oil found on the surface of the scalp as water is unable to so. However, if one chooses to skip this step and simply wash the hair with conditioner or water, it can also lead to excessive oil build-up. Lastly, genetics and hair type. Some individuals are genetically more prone to excessive sebum secretion and this could be worse for those with straight hair.
Most people run into the frustrating problem of constant discomfort and itching and are often accompanied by visible signs such as scabbing along the hairline or dandruff when faced with a dray and itchy scalp. Most of the time, it can be controlled with changes to lifestyle and choice of shampoo brands. Other times, it is a more chronic problem that may potentially lead to hair loss if left untreated.
Factors such as yeast infection, sensitivity to seasonal changes and fluctuation in the internal hormonal balance may lead to dandruff where the scalp becomes dry and itchy and begins to flake. Other conditions that may lead to an itchy scalp could be signs of deeper, more serious health issues such as diabetes, lupus or possible anxiety disorders.
If you notice any of the above and the issue has been causing much grief, consult a dermatologist immediately. You can even opt for scalp treatments to help cleanse and nourish your scalp.
The massage portions of scalp treatments help to improve blood circulation to the scalp which brings important nutrients that will nourish and create an optimal environment for a healthy scalp. Exfoliation also helps to get rid of the layer of dead skin cells that causes dandruff leaving a fresh layer of healthy skin.
A noteworthy factor, this is a form of early prevention. If problems related to oily scalp or overly dry and irritated one is allowed to persist, it may eventually damage the hair follicles causing early hair loss. On top of treating the existing scalp problems, it also helps to promote the healthy growth of strong hair.
A scalp treatment offered by Cambridge Therapeutics, this addresses scalp conditions such as oily, dry & itchy or/and, dandruff-prone scalp in six steps.
Step 1: Scalp Analysis
We begin with an in-depth analysis of the scalp using a hair scope. The scalp type of patients would determine the type of serum used in later parts of the procedure.
Step 2: Venus Glow Scalp Cleansing and Detox
The scalp is deeply cleansed of impurities with water jets and gently vacuumed so that the serum is better absorbed. The water jet and vacuum action helps to massage the scalp as well thus improve circulation and blood flow in the capillaries beneath the scalp.
Step 3: Oxynova Life Hair Growth Factor and Anti-inflammation Oxygen Spray
Based on the previous scalp assessment, either the INOPEP or BIOSCALP serum would be used to address existing scalp problems.
The INOPEP system has growth factors and anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe dry and irritated skin. The BIOSCALP system contains minerals, vitamins and proteins that can help to regulate oil production in the scalp as well as further promote hair growth. After the use of either serum, the highly concentrated oxygen is then used to further infuse the products and improve blood circulation to the follicles.
Step 4: Venus Viva Diamond Polar Scalp Massage
This process uses patented pulsed radiofrequency to provide biostimulation to the scalp and follicle’s cells to promote circulation, regulate hair growth and reduce inflammation.
Step 5: SMARTLUX Hair Laser Treatment
The wavelengths of the laser allow for the mitochondria in the hair cells to begin production of ATP which is then used to increase the rate of cellular division stimulating the growth factors within the hair follicles.
Step 6: Styling
Lastly, we will give your hair a light blow-dry and styling to send you on your way.
When it comes to creating and sticking to your hair care routine, the options can leave individuals slightly overwhelmed, depending on hair type and porosity as well as scalp issues. On the off chance that your hair has interacted with colour, bleach, or synthetics, you may need to show your hair some extra love. Individuals with coloured hair are encouraged not to wash them consistently to prevent colour fading and dryness. Bleached hair will require additional care such as deep conditioning masks and hair butter.
Here's a breakdown of everything required to customise a hair care routine that is ideal for you, as well as additional factors that can aid in optimising your hair & scalp health.
Cleansing through shampoo or cleansers eliminates dead skin and buildup without stripping the hair of its natural oils. Without a decent wash, sebum will overdevelop, leaving undesirable slickness as well as dead skin, if the scalp is not properly cleaned.
Conditioners offer several benefits such as saturating hair follicles with intense hydration and moisture as well as incorporating easy detangling and a decrease in frizz.
To add further hydration to the hair, you might need to use hair milk or hair cream along with a fixing oil on wet or damp hair to lock in the moisture. This is especially helpful for curly or dry hair.
Incorporating fresh greens such as parsley, basil, a plate of mixed greens, as well as fresh fruits can highly benefit hair as well as your overall health. Hair follicles are made up of a protein called keratin. Eating foods wealthy in protein such as eggs, nuts, beans and peas, fish, low-fat dairy items, chicken, and turkey can benefit hair follicles.
Researchers have confirmed that Vitamin A, B, C, D, iron, selenium, and zinc are fundamental to hair development explicitly with cell turnover. Incorporating multivitamins into your daily routine could help scalp & hair health.
Coconut oil has been known to offer intense hydration and protein to hair follicles, shielding it from breakage. Massaging the oil into the scalp and hair strands could boost bloodstream and regrowth. Olive oil has been used to condition hair, shielding it from dryness and breakage. Consider applying two or three tablespoons of olive oil to the hair and allowing it to sit for 30 minutes before washing.
It takes much patience, time and effort to achieve a healthy scalp and shiny, nourished hair. Staying true to a hair care routine that works best for you will yield results. Incorporating a healthy diet and massage oils could boost hair growth and control the production of sebum. Cleansing your scalp regularly, or by going for scalp treatments such as our Pure Oxygen Scalp Treatment will also enable a reduction in scalp issues.