Q. How prevalent is baldness in the US and around the world?
A. Actual baldness primarily affects men but hair loss and thinning affects about 935 million people globally; about 60% of men will thin and about 20% of women due to genetic predisposition.
Q. Is it getting worse? If so, why?
A. There is no specific research that it is getting worse but younger people seem to be experiencing more stress and are more concerned about hair loss with many seeking professional advice, which may be due to increased exposure to social media’s expectations of beauty and lifestyle.
Q. What makes the scalp microbiome different from the microbiome on other parts of the body?
A. The scalp has its own skin microbiome that is unique in that the scalp skin is thicker, has more blood vessels and a high percentage of hair follicles with sebaceous glands that produce a rich supply of lipids. The composition can change due to pH, temperature, moisture and sebum content as well as grooming practices.
Q. Does the microbiome play a role in hair loss?
A. Absolutely! The health of the scalp environment can have a direct impact on hair health and hair loss. Skin on our scalp is part of our immune system designed to protect and, when compromised, can lead to skin disorders, inflammation and hair loss.
Q. How can the scalp, and by extension, the microbiome, be treated to improve its health?
A. Keeping the scalp cleansed and balanced helps in overall function not only of the skin but the hair follicle as well.
Q. Do consumers understand the concept of the microbiome, especially as it relates to scalp health?
A. I think consumers are becoming more aware as we are seeing more people concerned about ingredients and what’s good for the skin and what may be detrimental.
Q. What treatments, procedures and products do you recommend to consumers to improve the health of their scalp?
A. First and foremost, eat a healthy diet and be sure to get Omega 3 fatty acids which aids the immune system. Second, shampoo on a regular basis especially if you use a lot of hair products. Bosley Professional Strength system kits help to create a healthy environment and help maintain hair density. Third, use a scrub such as Bosley Professional Strengths Scalp Scrub or have an in-salon microdermabrasion service to remove build-up and reinvigorate the skin. Fourth, protect your scalp from sun damage by wearing a hat or scarf if you have thin hair or areas of exposed scalp. Finally, taking a good hair supplement like Bosley Professional Strength Healthy Hair Vitality Supplements is good for both hair and skin health.
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