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Here in this post, HerHairline will be sharing some vitals which will focus on OILY SCALP. Trust you’ll be able to get some basic tips and information that will be beneficial to your hair journey.
Understanding our scalps play a major role in the way we attend to its needs, A diligent approach to the study of how our scalp and hair shows up helps us in providing a healthy journey for our hairs.
Scalp types vary for different individuals and several factors influence how scalp skin shows up and functions. At some point in our lives, we get to experience changes in our scalp outlook which occur due to certain factors.
Dry Scalp, Oily Scalp, Sensitive Scalp, Normal Scalp, Mixed/Combination Scalp type are the most common classifications guides.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT MY OILY SCALP?
The sebaceous gland beneath the scalp skin produces a natural oil called sebum which keeps the scalp moisturized and protects the scalp from infections.
Sebum is a complex mixture of fatty acids, sugars, waxes and other natural chemicals that form a protective barrier against water evaporation.
Whenever the scalp skin doesn’t have enough sebum, it loses water and feels dry. The sebaceous gland plays an important role in helping with determining the nature of One’s scalp.
The rate at which the sebaceous gland produces oil differs for different individuals and is influenced by various factors.(internal or external factors).
An oily scalp is very oily and is often characterized with Slick Hair.
Oily Scalp is caused by hyperactive sebaceous glands lying beneath the scalp. The hyperactive sebaceous gland leads to excess sebum secretion.
Excess sebum secretion by the sebaceous gland often causes the oily scalp and in severe cases the excess sebum produced clogs the hair roots and likely causes loss of hair strands and dandruff could develop.
Oily scalp could be pretty inconvenient and tiring to maintain and this creates desperation to look for ways to stop the oiliness, However while dealing with oily scalp, an approach to studying and making observations can help one with the right maintenance and effective care procedures for the oily scalp.
Well, everyone’s sebaceous gland can produce excess sebum at some points in their lives which could be contributed by a lot of factors. For some people, It comes and go. For some people, It lasts for long periods of time.
HOW HORMONAL IMBALANCE CONTRIBUTES TO OILY SCALP
Hormones are chemical substances that act as messenger molecules in the body. Hormones are produced, stored and released into the blood by Endocrine Glands.
Hormones contained in our bodies has an influence on how our scalp shows up. Hormonal Imbalance occurs when there is little or more than required hormone in the blood stream. Hormone Imbalance often occurs as a result of changes in the body. Some changes our bodies undergo may affect the operations of our hormones.
Hormones help regulate appetite, heart rate, sleep cycle, body temperatures, metabolism, mood and stress levels and general growth and development. In this hormones can affect the rate at which the sebaceous gland produces sebum. And if hormones cause the sebaceous gland beneath the scalp skin to become hyperactive (produce sebum at higher rates than necessary), It will result in Oily scalp.
Because of how important hormones are to our body functioning, little imbalances in their function can cause irregularities in our body’s general make up.
Factors like menstruations, medications, puberty, pregnancy, stress, poor dieting, aging and poor lifestyle can influence Hormonal Imbalance.
Pretty lot of factors influencing hormonal Imbalance are natural body changes which happens in every human at some point in life. Every body reacts uniquely to hormonal changes.
However some factors causing hormonal changes can be addressed positively.
Healthy Sleeping patterns, Managing Stress, Engaging in healthy body exercises, Consuming healthy meals and fats, Consuming adequate protein according to body requirements and cultivating an Healthy lifestyle can help regulate hormonal functions.
This helps influence our scalp health and general body health positively.
HOW STRESS CONTRIBUTES TO OILY SCALP
Stress is the way the body responds to physical, emotional, and psychological strains. Changes in body functioning that causes excess strain often results in stress. When stress lasts for a long time without been checked, It often results to causing alterations to normal body functions.
Cortisol is the primary stress hormone. It increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. Cortisol is know to affect the function and cyclic regulation of hair follicles
High level of Cortisol can affect the rate at which the sebaceous gland functions. It can cause the sebaceous gland to become hyperactive and may cause it to function lessees than required. When the sebaceous gland below the scalp skin become hyperactive, it often results into oily scalp.
Managing Stress will help regulate the frequency at which one develops high levels of Cortisol. Including rests between physical activities that likely cause strains will help in managing stress.
~ Lifestyle and daily habits can influence oily scalps.
~ Weather and atmospheric conditions also play a part in the cause of Oily scalp
When the atmosphere is too dry,
It dehydrates the scalp and this can sebaceous glands beneath the scalp to produce sebum at an increased rate to compensate the rate at which the sebum is lost.
This way the body reacts to this differs for different people, Some body systems produce lesser, Some produce more, Some overproduce sebum.
The Over production of this Sebum can cause Oily Scalp
~ Harsh Products that strips off natural sebum can cause the sebaceous gland to respond in an hyperactive way
~ Stressing Hair care routines
~ Genes and hereditary (one’s genetic make up)
~ Applying Excess oils and Products
Oils attracts diets easily, Applying excess could make the dirts clog the pores on the scalp skin and hence the scalp isn’t able to absorb the oils and thus it may cause oily scalp
MAINTAINING AN OILY SCALP
Maintaining an Oily Scalp seems like a whole lot of work,
The maintenance adapted often depends on how Oily the scalp is.
Much as maintaining may seem straining, It is important to maintain to avoid the oils from clogging the pores on our scalp skin.
~ Suspecting the Cause of oily scalp;
Discovering what resulted into oily scalp can help with choosing the most suitable method one adapt to maintain it
~ Making Right Choices
While working on maintaining an Oily scalp, I feel it is important to consider the choices we make at that point and how it affects our scalp health
It’s important not to just pick tips up from everywhere and use.
It is better to carefully examine the choices and decision and consider how they will contribute to effective maintenance.
~ Consistency and Patience
Most healthy methods requires time, consistency and care, So striving to be consistent with whatever method and to be patient with the results it is producing
~ Consulting a Dermatologist to help with picking shampoo contents
~ Studying how one’s lifestyle can contribute as an helping hand
~ Avoiding Excess Alcohols and Excess Hair products
~ Maintain an healthy wash routine
~ Using shampoos with contents that clean dirts and not strip off hair oil. (Carefully selecting shampoo)
~ Healthy Diet
~ Brushing hair carefully in a way to spread the oil to other hair parts and massaging oil to other hair parts
~ Find fun in process girl💜
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