Question: Could you please help me here? I don’t understand how scalp treatments help people with instant perminanent results to solve hair loss issues. I have got excess oil on my scalp which I am trying to resolve
Answer: Hi, Nikhil. I think there is some confusion here as scalp treatments and hair loss treatments which are applied to the scalp are two separate things.
So firstly the hair loss treatment you are most likely thinking of is minoxidil. This is clinically-proven to help regrow thinning hair for both female and male pattern baldness and is applied directly to the necessary areas of the scalp. Despite it being applied topically, it is considered a hair loss treatment and not a scalp treatment. Also, results are neither instant, nor permanent.
There is a general timetable of expected results from treatment available as a guide, however this varies from person to person depending on the severity and longevity of someone’s thinning when they first started treatment. Whilst it usually takes around three to four months to start seeing results – from stabilisation to initial regrowth – there may be a period of increased shedding first. In order for results to progress and to maintain any regrowth obtained it is also necessary to use the treatments on an on-going basis.
As minoxidil is specifically used against hair loss, it will not help with an oily scalp. Scalp treatments, on the other hand are therapeutic sessions which may benefit a range of scalp issues. Although they are usually used as part of our hair loss regrowth programmes in order to help boost the effects of treatment – which is probably where the confusion has come – they can also help to address all manner of scalp problems from dandruff to conditions such as Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, including issues with oiliness.
These form part of Belgravia’s effective and relaxing clinical treatments which take place at both of our Central London hair loss clinics and are specifically tailored to the needs of each individual. They are carried out in a private setting and can involve a range of techniques including specially formulated scalp masques, head massage, steam treatments, laser or UV light sessions.
There are also a couple of simple steps you can take yourself in order to ease the oiliness of your scalp. Firstly, take a look at your diet to ensure this is balanced and healthy. Also, although there is no medical evidence to support this that we are aware of, many people believe spicy and fatty foods can stimulate the sebum-production which causes oiliness, so you could try an elimination diet for a month or so to see if this helps.
Secondly, it is important to prevent the oil from building up on the scalp as this can block pores and cause acne or even hair loss. To do this, wash your hair regularly, ideally once every day, and make sure you are using a shampoo – such as Belgravia’s B2, pictured here – that is specifically designed for regular use on oily hair. This will help to ensure the formula is the most effective at cleansing the hair, getting rid of all the oil each time without drying the hair.
You don’t mention whether you are also concerned about thinning hair but if this is something that worries you as well as your oily scalp, a visit to a hair loss specialist should be helpful for both problems.
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