Inflammation of the scalp can be an underlying factor in hair loss. Many people are not even aware of the damage of an inflamed scalp because they don't know there is a problem. What are some indicators that the scalp has inflammation?
Dandruff and flakes, sensitivity during styling, and even a scalp that feels slightly warm to the touch can all be signs that your scalp is inflamed. Have you ever felt as though your hair hurts? Your scalp might be tender to the touch, or the hair hurts to move.
Chronic inflammation can cause the cells in your scalp to activate a self-destructive mechanism. It can cause significant damage to the hair strands and the follicles.
What Are Some Scalp Conditions?
Seborrheic dermatitis (causing dandruff), psoriasis, eczema and folliculitis are all symptoms of chronic inflammation. Have you ever noticed little white flakes on your scalp or shoulders? It is either dandruff or dry scalp. There is a difference.
Dandruff vs Dry Scalp
Dandruff is caused by sebum (natural oils) imbalance in the scalp. Excess oils build-up, dry and flake away. Your scalp may appear red and scaly. A fungus called Malassezia is often the culprit that comes with age, stress or hormone imbalance. This yeast is present in human skin, but its overproduction causes the infection. Topical anti-fungal products soothe the inflammatory response and provide treatment.
A dry scalp happens when the scalp is needing moisture. The flakes are smaller and you may notice dryness in other areas of your body too. Not enough oil is lubricating the follicles and the skin becomes flaky. While this is not due to fungus, the scalp is still itchy and requires moisture. If it is left without moisture and nutrients, the follicles will not thrive and produce healthy hair.
Folliculitis and Hair Loss
Folliculitis is a skin condition. The hair follicles inflame due to viral, fungal or bacterial infection. It is best to see a doctor if pimples around the hair follicles create pus and remain painful and itchy. Anti-bacterial treatment is needed.
Natural Remedy for Scalp Inflammation
If your scalp is red, it hurts or has flakes, chances are there is underlying inflammation. Reducing inflammatory foods in the diet can help from within. When shampooing, use a gentle PH balanced shampoo to clear away any product and oil b. Apply topical plant-based oils to soothe and treat the root of the problem. Many botanicals are anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
Stinging Nettle Root is one such extract. A tall edible plant native to Europe and North America, its extract is one of nature's answers to inflammation. And don't worry, only the raw sharp-edged leaves have a 'stinging' effect. Applying stinging nettle topically does not sting.
Stinging Nettle Root Benefits
Boasting a long rich history in medicine, this organic alcohol-free extract is rich in vitamins, minerals (magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron), proteins, and amino acids. Stinging nettle extract helps combat hair loss while promoting hair regrowth.
Best known for its soothing, anti-inflammatory ability, stinging nettle works to protect the scalp cells from damaging foreign particles such as free radicals, DHT and bacteria.
Stinging nettle root does more than help to ease inflammation. It has different ways to fight hair loss. It can also help inhibit the production and release of a hormone that can cause hair loss.
Properties such as silica and sulphur increase the shine of the hair strand and the health of the root. Studies show intensified results to hair regrowth when used in conjunction with saw palmetto extract.
HAIRMETTO® Daily Serum uses a powerful combination of CO2 extracted saw palmetto with organic stinging nettle and Japanese peppermint. This combination promotes a healthy scalp and reduces hair loss, giving your follicles the nourishment they need to grow new hair. Apply topically to your hair during the day for hours of saturation without an oily feel. It will dry to your style, while delivering nutrients all day long.
Here is a study comparing the effectiveness of Stinging Nettle root to drug therapy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10971268