Fine hair and Scalp problems affect many people. You may experience some thinning of hair. Dandruff, itching and peeling may be also be present. Though these problems can be embarrassing, they are not a serious medical condition.
When you have fine hair and scalp problems, it can be scary. Already you feel like you have hard hair to deal with and now you have a scalp condition on top of it. Scalp problems and behaviors that are associated with scalp problems can cause hair to fall out temporarily or permanently. To prevent hair loss, don’t let scalp conditions go un-treated.
Common Fine Hair and Scalp Problems:
Dandruff– Dandruff is described as large flakes that are greasy clusters of skin that are yellow or gray in color. They are somewhat sticky and can come off your scalp but usually get stuck in your hair stand or brush. With dandruff comes an itchy scalp, in more sever cases bleeding or oozing can be present. This can be embarrassing and could be due to fungal or bacterial infection of the scalp. It is recommended that you see a doctor or dermatologist if you suffer from this condition. This kind of scalp problem can cause hair loss if untreated. There isn’t a cure for seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) but a good doctor or dermatologist should be able to give you ways to manage it.
Dry Scalp– Dry Scalp is described as small white dusty flakes of the scalp. Dehydration and shedding of the scalp can be the cause of dry scalp as well as washing hair in water that is too hot and shampoo that is drying or leaves a build-up on hair and scalp. This is easier to control than Dandruff but is equally as unpleasant to look at. Drinking more water, eating a healthier diet along with using professional shampoo should really help control these unsightly flakes. Massaging a conditioner into the scalp for a few minutes every night before sleeping can help.
Oily Scalp– Oily scalp is described as over production of sebaceous glands. They produce too much oil causing hair and scalp to look and feel dirty and greasy. Shampooing daily can help but often just a few short hours later, hair can look and feel as if it was never shampoo-ed at all.
Eczema– Seborrheic Dermatitis is the most common type of scalp eczema. This is the common child hood scalp condition, when present with babies it is called cradle cap. The scaly skin with this condition is sticky and often flakes off in chunks instead of light flakes like its partner scalp condition, dandruff…. Eczema can be characterized by some or all of these systems: Scaly Red, Sticky/Greasy, Itchy, Flakes, Weeping/Oozing.
Psoriasis– Scalp psoriasis is a skin disorder that is very common, it is red and has patches of scaly skin. It can spread over your whole scalp and other parts of your head, neck, and back.
Seborrheic dermatitis is called dandruff, seborrheic eczema and seborrheic psoriasis. For infants, it’s known as cradle cap.
Keeping the scalp clean and healthy is important for all hair types but might be more important for fine and thin hair, than any other hair type. The diameter of fine hair is so small, it makes it hard for fine hair to push through the scalp when a thick scaly scalp condition is present.
There are many scalp conditions that can cause hair loss and thinning. Using a specialty shampoo that helps to battle the conditions you have is one of the best things you can do for fine hair and scalp problems. Read more here on Scalp Problems.
Here are a few more Tips on Fine Hair and Scalp Problems:
- Shampoo hair after a workout to remove excess sweat on scalp. Use a gentle shampoo with warm water, or special shampoo for scalp conditions.
- Medicated dandruff shampoo can help with irritation and itchy scalp.
- Don’t get over heated.
- Stay away from irritants and allergens, (chlorine, detergents, chemicals,etc..)
- Excessive shampooing that will dry hair out.
- Maintain a healthy stress level.
Scalp conditions themselves don’t cause hair loss, but excessive scratching, picking of scales, and stress can cause hair to fall out. Once scalp conditions clear up, hair typically grows back…. Thank goodness!!