Scalp issues such as dandruff, scalp fungus and extreme itching and chemical folliculitis (inflammation of the follicle) are conditions that are most likely to occur in extreme when chemical processing is involved. The most important thing to factor in is that, chemical resin causes long-term hair loss and once a scalp is toxic, the follicle fluid will begin to dehydrate. The dehydration starts the scarring or scar tissue growth and the degeneration of follicles begin. This is when you begin to see spacey follicles, leather like texture to the scalp a hard and shiny scalp with no or little nerve feeling.
Let’s take a sponge for example; when the fibers of the sponge stay moist the pores will stay flexible and hydrated. The sponge will continue to absorb properly. Once the fibers, become dehydrated the texture of the sponge become rough and begin to tear. The scalp must remain moist and porous so the fibers can remain healthy. The scalp should remain soft, supple and responsive. A scalp that easily moves, is perfectly colored with no odor is a healthy scalp.
What is the first thing I should do if I think I have…?
Alopecia Areata – Get the correct diagnosis, I cannot stress this enough. The diagnosis will make sense to you, if it doesn’t then seek a second opinion. The real trick here is to be patient. And to release any stress keep your scalp clean and use medications completely.
Hair Shedding (Telogen Effuvium) – Once again get a proper diagnosis. The reason I stress this because many woman self-diagnosis and the problem is prolonged. Yes there is a cause, however, in most cases this condition is temporary.
Chemical Burns – This issue should be avoided at all cost! The moment your scalp experiences this type of trauma cooling it is mandate. Apply a water-based product and not thermogenic (heat), Give the scalp lots of air and keep it cool. If burns are severe, seek medical attention.
Tight Braids – Release the tension ASAP! Lightly massage the irritation area apply a scalp soothing cream. Reframe from braids or any tension. Note: Never leave the salon if braids too tight!
Improper Hair Weave Removal – This is very important! Though we know applying a weave can be done improperly, removing one can also be disastrous. Note: Remember everyone who knows how to weave does not know how to remove one, so pay very close attention to your stylist and by all means get a hand mirror or ask to be turned towards a mirror.