Scalp Conditions

Scalp Conditions
Cradle Cap
Fungal Infection
Head Lice
Dry Scalp
Oily Scalp

Scalp Conditions

Scalp Conditions:  

Alopecia (hair loss), Cradle Cap, Dandruff, Eczema, & Itchy Scalp are the most common scalp conditions  encountered.

Although hair loss may be caused by a variety of problems (including, Thyroid Hair Loss problems, medications, chemotherapy, and childbirth),  the most common forms of  hair loss, androgenic alopecia, is the result of oxidizing testosterone forming  DHT, (dihydrotestosterone)  which in turns stops the hair form growing. Malibu wellness offers  life-style solution involving a 4 step treatment process. 1- Start with a Malibu Makeover (at least once a month), 2-Use Scalp wellness shampoo & conditioner daily, 3-Once a week use a Dandruff/Eczema Wellness Active  4- repeat steps 1, 2 & 3.

This wellness wellness approach can create optimum conditions for new hair growth by:

  • Eliminating free radicals which cause oxidation.
  • Normalizing exfoliation of the scalp
  • Unplugging deep residue including calcium, which bonds to hair proteins causing hair to break off.
  • Remove medications that may seep through the scalp tissue and block the hair follicle.

Cradle Cap, is also called Infantile Seborrhoeic Eczema. It is most common in babies under the age of one and is also seen late in life when adults either loose interest or rebel or simply stop the daily hair care (shampooing & conditioning practices).

The symptoms of this skin condition are lesions that appear as fine, oily scales that build up on the scalp and  flake away easily when you try to remove them. The area of the body most affected by infantile seborroeic eczema is the scalp and nappy area, as well as the eyebrows and eyelids. While this type of eczema looks unpleasant it is not painful to the child, or the aging adult and does not itch. Cradle cap is best taken care of on a daily basis using the same  4 step treatment process outlined above for alopecia:  1- Start with a Malibu Makeover (at least once a month), 2-Use Scalp wellness shampoo & conditioner daily, 3-Once a week use a Dandruff/Eczema Wellness Active  4- repeat steps 1, 2 & 3.

With some adults with cradle cap, (also see Essential Repair Diet - biotin -300 micrograms for the average adult) you may want a more aggressive, "old school," treatment. First mix baking soda with your shampoo. Then in the shower apply the mixture to the scalp. While the shampoo-baking-soda mixture is still on your scalp, pour on and massage in  a cup of vinegar. The mixture foams up and when you rinse you will see that the chemical action has helped to remove the build up on the scalp. Follow with a good hair & scalp conditioner. Warning - 1)the area under the scalp build-up has been protected and the scalp will be tender for a day or more until the cells keratinize to form normal scalp tissue, 2) the problem will return if the adult continues to neglect their daily shampoo and conditioning hair regime.

Dandruff:: The first thing to do is to be sure you are not causing the dandruff problem  yourself., as I discovered I was doing myself. One Christmas my parents gave me a hair brush made with stiff nylon bristles. I would take the hair brush into the shower and really work to use the brush to scrape the dandruff off my scalp. It turns out the bristles of the brush were all nylon, and cut at a very sharp angle so I was scratching my scalp, causing more damage and flaking. So before anything else stop scratching your scalp (including everything especially fingernails and brushes).

Next see How to Shampoo so you will avoid other common pitfalls that cause dandruff. 

Dandruff may also be caused by an abnormal rate of exfoliation caused from mineral in your water (such as, calcium).

If your scalp is exfoliating at a rapid rate, no matter what the cause, the resulting flaking will be referred to as Dry Scalp or dry  dandruff. (also see Dry Scalp Treatment by Framesi)

If your scalp is exfoliating too slowly, the scalp will appear and feel oily from the excess sebum build up, or Oily Scalp". The oily build up coupled with minerals from your water, begins to flake off the scalp and give the appearance an oily dandruff. (also see Hair Treatments for Oily Hair & Scalp by Framesi)

The same 4 step treatment process outlined above for alopecia & cradle cap works well to get you out of dandruff problems, but only when you are sure you using sound procedures that are NOT causing the dandruff in the first place :  1- Start with a Malibu Makeover (at least once a month), 2-Use Scalp wellness shampoo & conditioner daily, 3-Once a week use a Dandruff/Eczema Wellness Active  4- repeat steps 1, 2 & 3.  see Products for Hair Loss for more details.

Fungal Infection: occasionally we see folks who have a fungal infection of the scalp. It usually starts as dandruff in one area and spreads around until it can cover the entire scalp. Like head lice, there is no shame associated with this condition, it is just a shame to leave it untreated. If the anti-fungal ingredients in the  Framesi Hair Treatments for Dry Scalp by Framesi don't clear up this problem you should see your doctor or other medical professional. Reoccurring fungal infections of the scalp may be an indication of too many and too long an exposure to antibiotics, or a reduction in your immune systems ability to hold back the problems normally encountered when the immune system is at full strength.

Head Lice: a parasite that lives on the hair and scalp recognized by itchy scalp and little white "eggs" attached to the hair shaft itself . Most common with children this condition is highly contagious. There is no shame in having or  catching head lice as you can walk by someone who has it and if the wind blows and infected hair into your hair the condition has been passed on to you. The most common method of transmittal (and re-infection) is the hat that the kids share at school. Second most common is a tie between bathroom towels and pillow cases, hair brushes & hair combs. All three touch the head of the infected person and later - touch the head again causing a re-infection. The solution involves prescription shampoo, so see your doctor. It also must include cleaning to disinfect your towels, sheets, pillow cases, combs & brushes, hats (including hard hats) - every day until the head lice have gone. Wash bed linens and towels in bleach. Soak combs & brushes in bleach or another disinfectant. Put dry pillows in the dryer until they become relatively hot. If small children keep getting re-infected it may be necessary to cut off all their hair. The most common for of re-infection for kids is putting on someone else's hat a school, or at the neighbors house or at a friends house.
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