Scalp oiliness is a common enough problem, but can it actually lead to hair loss? The short answer is: No, oily scalp is not a direct cause of hair loss, BUT it can lead to problems such as clogged hair follicles and unhealthy sebum build-up, which can then result in increased hair fall and you reaching for hair growth tonic.
Most people have experienced scalp oiliness, often temporarily and none-too severely. Sebum is a natural substance secreted by our sebaceous glands. In the right amount, it’s actually beneficial to keeping your scalp and hair healthy and strong. Sebum prevents bacteria and fungus infections, keeps the outermost layer of the scalp hydrated, and waterproofs skin and hair. Most of all? It moisturises the hair fibre to give your mane that lustrous sheen.
When sebum levels are in excess though, that’s when the oiliness can feel like your worst enemy, especially in our unforgiving heat and humidity – there’s a reason why dandruff shampoos in Singapore do so well.
The scalp is different from the skin on the rest of the body. For a start, it has an abundance of blood vessels, not to mention a higher density of hair follicles, sweat glands and sebaceous glands than any other part of the body. The scalp also has its own distinctive microflora. When excessive sebum is produced and not properly controlled, it creates an environment that harmful bacteria can thrive in. When the excess sebum starts clogging hair follicles and creating unhealthy build-up, that’s when your scalp is in big trouble.
What, then, causes oily scalp? It could be due to a hormonal imbalance, poor diet, chronic seborrheic dermatitis or simply improper hygiene. That’s right, nixing an oily scalp problem could be as easy as changing up your hair care regime.
Obviously, infrequent shampooing can result in sebum build-up, but did you know that washing your hair too much, or using shampoos that are too harsh, can also strip the scalp of its natural moisture, causing it to over-produce oil in an attempt to replace necessary natural oils?
Balance is key here, as is using the right products. Using innovative stem cell technology, trichology-based methodology, a high concentration of botanical essences and containing NO harmful additives, our ADV Purify Range helps to control and maintain sebum production at healthy levels to prevent greasiness while keeping the scalp refreshed and reinvigorated.
If you find, however, that switching products is not helping, it’s definitely time to seek professional help. Scalp imbalances and disorders can deteriorate rapidly when left untreated, leading to infections and more troubling conditions, even hair loss. So never wait till it’s too late!