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Scalp Hygiene & Hair Loss


Back in the 1950s, a few strategic drops of lanolin oil massaged through your nifty DA haircut gave it a soft, keen sheen that women just loved to touch.

A decade later, in the “mod” 1960s, a little dab of a popular men’s hair care product would do you right if you were a well-groomed man looking to keep your hair neat and dry looking.

Fast forward to 2013 and oily or dry hair just looks unhealthy… and it probably is.

That’s because oily hair usually means an oily scalp, and the overproduction of scalp oils can lead to long-term skin problems including hair loss. Conversely, not enough oil in the scalp can be the result of over-treated hair, leading to poor hydration of scalp tissues and follicles.

The Wet, Dry Looks Revisited

Wet, oily, over-treated hair can be just as unhealthy as dry, over-treated hair. The scalp contains hundreds of thousands of active follicles, which need a proper growth environment that’s not too alkaline nor too acidic, not too oily and not too dry, and with a steady supply of vitamins and minerals from a healthy diet rich in these essential nutrients.

Stress, hormonal fluctuations, especially during and before female menopause, artificial hair care products, and environmental pollution all have a direct impact on scalp health and, by extension, hair health.

A ‘Perm’anent Problem?

Hair that’s over washed, over-treated with hair dyes laden with hydrogen peroxide and hair relaxers, and then subjected to frequent perms cause oil production from the sebaceous glands in the scalp to move into overdrive. Even untreated, oily hair can lead to hair loss over time.

Men and women experiencing hair loss often find the problem has grown even worse as a result of frequent scalp sunburns, which cause long-term damage to the skin of the scalp and accelerates thinning hair.

Give Me a Head of Hair

Long, beautiful hair or hair cut short – it doesn’t really matter how it’s worn if the scalp is too oily or too dry, the pores in the scalp are clogged with dried soap or sebum, or layered with flaked, dead skin. It all adds up to poor scalp hygiene, and that’s a problem if you’ve been considering hair restoration surgery.

While some suspect that poor scalp hygiene can cause or worsen loss, it definitely creates a poor operating environment for your surgeon.  Before you take matters into your own hands, talk to a board certified hair transplant specialist and get the facts on what’s causing your hair loss And what to do about it.

A little dab of knowledge will do you good.

Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist with offices located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact The Choe Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at (757) 389-5850 for a personal consultation.

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