What is our scalp microbiome?
The scalp microbiome refers to the diverse community of micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, that inhabit the surface of our scalp. These microorganisms form a complex ecosystem that plays a crucial role in maintaining the health of our scalp and hair. The balance of this microbiome is important for various reasons including protection against harmful pathogens, regulation of inflammation and influencing the overall health of the hair follicles. Nurturing a healthy scalp microbiome is increasingly recognised as essential for promoting optimal scalp and hair conditions.
Optimising your scalp microbiome involves adopting practices that promote a balanced and healthy microbial community, here’s some tips;
- Use mild, sulphate free shampoos. Avoid over-cleansing as this can strip away beneficial microbes.
Microbiome Friendly Products
Look for those free of harsh chemicals and additives
(Our pick - Davines natural tech elevation scalp recovery treatment)
Weekly Scalp Stimulation
Using a gentle silicone scalp massager 1-2 times a week when shampooing will help to stimulate the scalp and increase blood circulation to the area.
Eat a nutrient-rich, balanced diet with plenty of whole foods - a healthy diet supports the overall well being of your body, including your scalp.
Things to look out for
Disruptions to the microbial balance can lead to various scalp conditions, including dandruff, itching, and inflammation. Factors such as genetics, hygiene practices, diet, and environmental conditions can influence the composition of the scalp microbiome.
Here are a few points regarding the scalp microbiome:
Dandruff: The overgrowth of Malassezia on the scalp is associated with dandruff. The interaction between this yeast and the skin's natural oils can lead to flaking and irritation. You can suffer from both oily or dry dandruff, it is important to differentiate between the two as treatment options vary.
Seborrheic Dermatitis: This is a common skin condition characterised by redness, itching, and flaking. It is believed to involve a combination of factors, including the presence of Malassezia, individual susceptibility, and environmental factors.
Hair Health: The health of the scalp is also linked to the health of the hair. Imbalances in the microbiome can potentially influence conditions like hair loss or thinning.
Maintaining good scalp hygiene, using appropriate hair care products, and addressing any specific scalp conditions are essential for supporting a healthy scalp microbiome. It's important to note that individual variations exist, and what works for one person may not work for another. If you have specific concerns about your scalp health, consulting with a trichologist, dermatologist or haircare professional can provide you with personalised advice and recommendations.