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WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Other Skin—Introducing the Scalp to Esthetics
By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: June 6, 2013, from the June 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Take a closer look at the follicle, where healthy hair starts. It is made up of the hair bulb, inner root sheath and hair shaft. When this becomes clogged or damaged by intrinsic or extrinsic factors, hair may become weak, thin and appear damaged.
Nutrition both inside and out is vital to correcting—or better yet, avoiding—disruptions. Internally, healthy hair thrives on micronutrients, including vitamin B, amino acids and proteins. Externally, the hair and scalp need a system of preventive and corrective care that includes cleansing, strengthening, building and restoring. Together, these factors help support healthy hair cycles, which include the anagen phase, catagen phase and telogen phase.
Although blood vessels supply the follicle with much of its nutrients, topical formulas can also provide a boost of nourishment, especially if the blood vessels aren’t supplying an adequate amount or if disease is an issue.
Common scalp- and hair-damagers, and cycle-disrupters include:
- Diseases, such as psoriasis, and illness;
- Thyroid diseases and hormones;
- Nutritional deficiencies;
- Medications and surgery; and
- Extrinsic factors, such as sun overexposure, pollution, wind, styling products and chemicals.
So, how do skin care professionals help clients combat these issues?
Esthetics of the scalp
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