Tips for Healthy Hair and Scalp

Boca Raton Dermatologist Dr. Marta Rendon

By Dr. Marta Rendon, M.D., FAAD

Boca Raton, Florida 33486

Physician, Dermatology

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What can I do to keep maintain a healthy scalp and hair?

Although scalp problems are associated with a range of different symptoms, the most common symptoms are dryness, tightness and itchiness. If you’re bothered by dandruff, you’re not alone: More than 50% of people suffer from dandruff at least once in their life, making it the most common of all scalp problems.

Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to get a healthy scalp again:

  1. Shampoo Hair for a Healthy Scalp – Maintaining a healthy scalp starts in the shower. Shampooing is the easiest and most effective way to clean your scalp and keep it healthy. The shampooing action invigorates follicles, reduces the excessive sebum buildup that can lead to dandruff and oiliness, and prevents excess skin from accumulating on the scalp. For best results, look for a shampoo formulated with zinc pyrithione. Zinc pyrithione reduces the amount of fungus on the scalp, which is a leading cause of dandruff.
  2. Massage for a Healthy Scalp – Did you know that massaging your scalp can help relieve scalp problems such as dandruff? First, wash your hair. Massage the shampoo into your scalp for a minute or two to help loosen dead skin cells and increase circulation to the scalp. Rinse, and then follow with a conditioner to maintain protection for your hair and scalp.
  3. Treat yourself – Besides using the right hair-care products, eating well and getting regular exercise are two things that can help you maintain a healthy scalp. I like to say that “bad nutrition — including crash diets — has been shown to have a negative impact on hair quality and may even cause hair loss.” Consume a balanced diet that includes zinc, B vitamins, essential fatty acids, biotin, protein and iron to help promote lustrous locks and a healthy scalp.

When styling your hair, always remember that less is more. Avoid overwashing or exposing your hair to excessive heat, which can damage hair, and try products from the 11 different Head & Shoulders collections, including volume-building, smoothing and extra-hydrating formulas. Finally, too much sun can irritate a sensitive scalp (if you’re not careful, too much sun can lead to burns!), so try to reduce the amount time you spend in the midday sun (when UV rays are especially strong), and wear a hat whenever you plan to be outside for long periods of time.