No matter what type of hair you have– curly, straight, wavy, thin or thick– it all begins with the scalp. Think of your head as a garden. No matter what types of vegetables you’re cultivating, you need rich, healthy soil to grow your plants and collect your harvest.
You may get confused if you begin to notice problems, such as excessive dryness, oiliness or dandruff and start trying to treat your hair without obtaining results. Beware: you need to get down to the root of the problem– in this case your scalp– to rid your hair of “unattractive problems” such as flaking. Hair loss, thinning, and scalp conditions such as psoriasis and eczema are and will always be intrinsically laced: you can’t address one concern without dealing with the other. So if your head is beginning to look like a Winter Wonderland village, complete with magical snowflakes and all, here are four steps to caring for your scalp and in the end, growing a healthy, beautiful head of hair.
1. Make an appointment with your dermatologist or trichologist
The first thing you need to do is seek a professional medical opinion and diagnose your condition accurately– if you haven’t already done so. So first, what’s the difference between a dermatologist and a trichologist? A dermatologist is an expert on skin and its appendages (such as hair and nails) while a trichologist focuses solely on hair. Although trichologists are not medical doctors and are more current in Europe, both types of professionals should be able to perform any necessary tests to diagnose you and treat the symptoms of your scalp condition.
Although contrary to what these symptoms might suggest, scalp conditions such as psoriasis and eczema have nothing to do with poor hygiene. The biological mechanism of these conditions is still unclear, but theories include immune system glitches leading to the accelerated growth of skin cells. More severe cases can lead to scaly patches and thick, itching crusts, resulting in flaking, soreness, skin infections, swelling of the lymph system, and yes– even hair loss.
2. Start undergoing LLLT treatments with the Theradome
The best thing you can do for your scalp is begin undergoing Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) sessions at least twice-a-week with the FDA-cleared Theradome LH80 PRO. It’s affordable, convenient, easy, 100% natural with no side effects, not to mention the efficacy of LLLT is proven in over 3,000 published research articles.
Why LLLT? Well, all scalp conditions are related to inflammation. Cold lasers are proven to decrease inflammation by increasing the production of energy in the mitochondria of cells. An LLLT boost will allow your body to repair scalp wounds, scabs, plaques and scales more effectively, as well as reduce swelling and inflammation– which also prevents symptoms from reoccurring.
Don’t forget that stabilizing the production of sebum (secreted by the sebaceous glands of your scalp) is crucial for optimizing your scalp health. Oil excess is the result of an overproduction of sebum, which can be normalized with the Theradome, while a dry scalp is just the opposite– an underproduction of sebum. Once again, this can be remedied with LLLT by exciting the sebaceous glands.
3. Incorporate medicated shampoos into your scalp regimen
Shampoos are for the scalp and conditioners are for the hair. So pick whichever conditioner you prefer that will soften and detangle your hair– in regards to your scalp, you need to focus on shampoo.
Your dermatologist/trichologist may or may not prescribe medication or topical applications to treat your scalp condition. Meanwhile, start shampooing with medicated shampoos that can help minimize excessive dandruff. Look for ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfite and coal tar. Beware, there’s a catch– these can sometimes increase the sensitivity of your scalp so use them in moderation to avoid causing more flaking. Don’t forget that some of these formulas are quite potent and should not be used daily due to toxic risks. Ask your dermatologist/trichologist for dosage, recommendations, and contraindications, if any.
4. Don’t cover your scalp and keep your hair short
Last but not least– avoid covering your scalp and hair, however tempting it might be to conceal problems that you might feel are embarrassing. An increase of humidity and sweat can cause a type of fungus (Malassezia furfur, thought to be a culprit for scalp inflammation) to increase in population. More fungus = more problems. In the end, the only item you should be putting on your head is the Theradome LH80 PRO
If you’re female, we encourage you to cut your hair short if you can bear to part with its length. More hair will result in more scalp problems. As an example, people who shave their head often get rid of all inflammation aftermath. While we’re not encouraging you to shave your head, a short, layered bob can still be feminine– if attractive flappers from the 1920s pulled it off, why can’t you?– and might help you minimize dandruff. Side note– this type of haircut can also give the allusion of fullness and thickness, should thinning be one of your concerns.
You may have to try different combinations of medications and shampoos to minimize dandruff, scaling and itching. As you carry out your Theradome LLLT sessions, start keeping notes on the different combinations of topical applications and medicated shampoos you are using. Eventually with patience, persistence, and by following the four steps listed here, you’re bound to come across a customized scalp regimen that’ll allow you to leave the house without feeling like all eyes are on your head.