Scalp issues appear in many different ways, and it can be very difficult to determine what the actual problem is if you are not a skin or hair specialist. The most common scalp issue Anneliese Brander meets in her clinic is fungal. It is a tiny bacterium that lives on all human beings. If you allow a fungal infection to thrive, it can become very uncomfortable.
“If your client has fungal, the scalp will appear red, and what looks like crushed oatmeal will be present around the hair follicles. Also, the client will often complain about itching, burning, or sore scalp”, she explains.
Another common condition is a dry scalp, but Anneliese Brander wants to remind us that what looks like a dry scalp not necessarily is so. It may as well be a sign of greasy hair. Dried fat gathering around the hair strand often looks similar to dry skin flakes.
“It is important not to mistake the one for the other, as it will lead to the wrong treatment and often make the condition worse”, she says.
Similar to the skin on the rest of the body, the scalp is exposed to a variety of conditions, which can derive from different sources. Health, genetics and proper nutrition are keywords in this equation, but external factors are also essential to the health of the scalp.