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Does Scalp Damage Cause Hair Loss?

Does Scalp Damage Cause Hair Loss? Woman With Recently Washed Hair After Scalp Massage

According to The National Library of Medicine, the condition of the scalp impacts overall hair growth and retention through oxidative stress.

Even though there is a tight co-dependence between the scalp and hair, the role of the scalp as an incubatory environment for the preemergent hair fiber has largely been ignored.

Dr. Alan J. Bauman, renowned hair transplant surgeon, hair restoration physician, and Medical Director of Bauman Medial, explains, "when it comes to having beautiful hair, a lot of people overlook scalp health."

Dr. Bauman noted, "But just as plants need rich soil to grow to their full potential, your hair will look and feel its best when your scalp is healthy. In fact, a healthy scalp is a necessary foundation for a full, thick head of hair."

A Systematic Review

Relaxing Scalp Massage

Scalp itch, or pruritus, is a frequent complaint in the dermatological setting. The condition can be classified into two types:

  • with or without dermatological lesions
  • presence or absence of hair loss

Scalp Evaluation Tools

The acronym SCALLP includes five steps for scalp evaluation. They include: listen, look, touch, magnify, and sample.

These are useful tools for an assertive approach to patients suffering from scalp diseases.

The etiology may be of dermatological or non-dermatological origin. Hair loss can be caused by a fungus, psoriasis, or dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis). The most common fungal infection affecting the hair is ringworm, the same thing as athlete's foot.

It may also be caused by lice, psoriasis, lichen planopilaris, anxiety, stress, and contact dermatitis.

What Are Common Symptoms Of Poor Scalp?

Bauman Medical Manual Massage With Essential Oils And Steam

As Dr. Bauman explains, "poor scalp health can cause your hair to be rough, dull, and brittle. What's more, research supports the fact that poor scalp health may also contribute to hair loss."

Some of the more common symptoms of poor scalp include:

  • Dandruff or Flakes
  • Itchiness or Irritation
  • Dull hair
  • Hair breakage

Other symptoms might include improper oil levels or dehydration. Basically, most people overlook these symptoms.

A Spa Experience For Your Hair

Dr. Alan Bauman - CEO of Bauman Medical

Dr. Bauman believes "there's so much more you can do to promote a healthy scalp and thicker, healthier hair. And that's why we (Bauman Medical) created the salonB Trichology Lab."

salonB Trichology Lab

Located inside Bauman Medical, salonB Trichology Lab is a therapeutic "spa experience" for any client's scalp and hair.

A relaxing visit to salonB has been created to provide visitors with a science-based Trichology (scalp health) program. It has been formulated to optimize the health of the scalp. It's also designed to improve the beauty of their hair.

Someone with dandruff, itchiness, flakiness, oiliness, irritation, or other poor scalp health may benefit from a visit to salonB. Even if you don't have those symptoms, a scalp program can be designed to offer many benefits.

Improving your scalp health before you notice problems is how you can set yourself up for beautiful hair now and in the months and years ahead.

salonB's Resident Trichologist And HairCoach

Scalp Analysis At Bauman Medical

Kimberly Jenkins, WTS, is the Bauman Medical Certified Trichologist and HairCoach. Under Kimberly's guidance at salonB, you can look forward to great scalp treatments.

These may include a therapeutic scalp treatment or Scientific ScalpMakeover. A scalp treatment at salonB is a relaxing, refreshing experience.

salonB offers a high-end, one-on-one service. Spaces at salonB are limited. They book up quickly. For more information, call: (561) 394-0024.

Note:  Neither Hairboutique.com nor I have any financial, business, or other relationship with Dr. Alan Bauman or Bauman Medical.

Summary - Does Scalp Damage Cause Hair Loss?

Ringworm - Image by James Heilman, MD

The condition of the scalp is critical because it impacts overall hair growth and retention. However, hair loss can be triggered by poor scalp health, condition, or disease. 

The disease may include a fungus, psoriasis, or dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis). Ringworm is the most common. It's the same thing as athlete's foot.

Most importantly, poor scalp health can cause your hair to be rough, dull, and brittle.

The scalp is the foundation for the hair and must be treated as a top priority at all times.

Reference

Scalp Condition Impacts Hair Growth and Retention via Oxidative Stress

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