You know what the experts says, a healthy scalp equals healthy hair. But so often, we’re confused about what to use for our hair versus our scalp. In fact, more than hair, the dermatologists share that the scalp is a good indicator or our health and mental well-being, a factor we should pay close attention to. We’ve all got questions about dandruff, oily scalps, itchy scalps, and such, that we may not necessarily want to talk to our friends about. So, we spoke to three dermatologists for assistance. How do we begin the scalp care journey? We asked, they answered.
Dr. Abhinaya Reddy, Dermatologist at Tanuja Reddy Skin Clinic from Chennai, looks at dandruff is one big issue in India. “People need to understand that dandruff is a normal occurrence, often caused by oil glands in our scalp. It’s not a disease. That being said, it can increase with factors like stress. To cure or control dandruff, it’s important to pay attention to mental well-being and do exercises like yoga. You can also use an anti-dandruff shampoo up to 3 times a week. Be sure to leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse off. As your dandruff gets better, you can reduce use to once a week or less,” says Dr. Abhinaya. She also feels it’s advisable to avoid coconut oil if one has a dandruff issue as it activates the oil glands further. “If you do enjoy oiling your hair, go ahead and do that, but don’t leave it on for more than 30 minutes.”
If dandruff is persistent, it could be due to major hormonal change, yeast-overgrowth, or immunity issues. In this case, it’s important to see a doctor.
On the other hand, we spoke to Dr. Akshari Anchan, Cosmetologist, practising in Mumbai, and she has a keep it simple philosophy. “If you have an oily scalp, use a deep-cleansing or clarifying shampoo. Avoid using it on the tips of your hair and concentrate more on the scalp. Another shampoo can be used in tandem with this. Continue with your conditioner as normal,” shares Dr. Akshari. “And if you have a dry scalp, oil your hair with natural oils, like coconut oil. Two hours is sufficient for nourishment.”
Dr. Vaaruni Ravishankar, Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatologist, trichologist also from Chennai, had a few important pointers to share about scalp care. “Contrary to popular belief, avoid steam and heat during hair spas. It increases breakage and scalp build-up,” she says. “In fact, avoid hot water showers completely, as they have the same effect on your scalp.” Hair accessories are another issue, when it comes to breakage. Dr. Vaaruni adds, “You should also avoid tight hair ties or any stress-causing up-dos (like high ponytails or tight buns), because this increases trackage on your scalp and can cause hair loss overtime.”
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