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Pamela Shaddock

Traction Alopecia

Is the scalp different from other skin?

Research informs me that there are indeed some differences between your scalp skin and the skin on the rest of your body.

Scalp skin is thicker, carries more blood, and has many sebaceous glands, which produce oil or sebum, and protects the hair. With the abundance of sebaceous glands it’s important to clean the scalp thoroughly.

Let me repeat that.

Because of the abundance of sebaceous glands it’s important to clean the scalp thoroughly.

We focus a lot on our natural hair while not paying enough attention to our scalp.

We all know by now that products with mineral oil and petroleum will coat and even clog your hair follicles.  It is important to use natural oils, like Olive, Coconut, Jojoba and other types of oils.

NaturalBornQueen, in one of the following videos, states that even Castor Oil, with its thickness, should only be used on the ends of the hair.

I found the following videos to be thoughtful and informative; but before we get to the videos – here are some key take-aways:

  • When you’re shampooing your hair you want to think more of cleansing your scalp.  Your hair will get clean as a by product.
  • Always use the pads of your hands not your fingernails. It may feel good at the time but can cause scarring and damage to the skin.
  • Braiding and twisting your hair too tight, where it’s pulling the skin, can cause irreversible damage and lead to traction alopecia – something I know all too well.

Take it from NaturalBornQueen in her video, Scalp Health, if you want healthy hair – you must have a healthy scalp!

NaturalBornQueen – Scalp Health 

NaturallyCurly – Scalp Care

Author: Pamela Shaddock

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