This is a 3-week series focused on scalp eczema, which is seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp. Having scalp eczema affects one’s appearance and Marcie Mom collaborates with celebrity hairstylist Kristan Serafino to explore hair solutions that are appropriate and attractive for those suffering from scalp eczema. Kristan received formal training at Toni & Guy and works with numerous celebrities and styles hair for runways and fashion editorials. The information written by Marcie Mom on scalp eczema has been vetted by Dr Vermén Verallo-Rowell, the founder of VMV Hypoallergenics.
Medicated Shampoo, Topical Treatment and Anti-biotics
Scalp eczema, like eczema on other parts of our skin, requires treatment. Treatment varies, depending on the severity of the seborrheic dermatitis. In mild case where there’s only dandruff, medicated anti-dandruff shampoo can be used. These shampoos typically contain one of these ingredients, such as zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, ketoconazole or piroctone olamine. For shampoo containing coal tar, light-colored hair may be discolored and the scalp be sensitive to strong sunlight, thus more vulnerable to sunburn. These ingredients generally have anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory or sebum-suppressive properties but it’s still best to consult a doctor before using as the type and frequency of shampoo may differ for each individual. One point to note when shampooing is that the water should not be hot, as that will strip moisture from the skin. For babies, shampoo can be what is already used on the body or virgin coconut oil which has anti-viral properties.
As stated on National Eczema Society‘s page, for more severe cases of scalp eczema, steroid cream or ointment may need to be prescribed. For the scalp, it may be easier to have it in lotion form for ease of application and it is also common for very mild steroid lotion to be prescribed for babies. Should the scalp be weepy or oozing fluids, it would usually warrant an anti-biotics to control the inflammation and prevent infection.
Hairstylist Challenge – What are the ways to blow dry hair without hot air that may strip away moisture? Or, hairstyles easy to maintain, shampoo and apply topical lotions without having to blow dry?
When styling your hair it is important to avoid disturbing topical treatments such as medicated shampoos and lotions. The biggest culprits can be the excessive heat from blow dryers or styling products, which can partially or completely counteract the active ingredients in medicated topicals.
So what’s a woman to do? Simple… find a hairstyle that:
1) Does not disturb the topical during preparation and maintenance
2) Allows for easy, quick styling in the morning
3) Looks stylish and chic
I don’t mean to be flippant but I also don’t want anyone to think there is no solution. Before we discuss haircuts and hairstyles, let’s begin at the beginning. Regardless of the cut & style we need to dry the hair without disturbing the topical. Unfortunately I don’t have any special tips or tricks-of-trade for drying hair so let me describe what may be the obvious:
1) After showering blot your hair by squeezing and holding small sections into a microfiber towel
2) Comb out damp hair using a wide-tooth comb
3) Repeat step #1
4) Give the air access to more surface of your hair by flipping your head upside-down every few minutes
5) Run your fingers through your hair and shake your hair every few minutes.
Unless you are among the very, very few with unlimited time to prepare in the morning, then at this point you have damp hair. While damp hair may not be the optimum situation, you have done a good job preserving the integrity of the medicated topical on your hair and scalp. This is a good time to share a Red Carpet tip – to achieve a considerable volume boost, first make a deep side part then flip your hair to the opposite side. When the hair has air dried comb it back and voila…instant volume!
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Below are a few of my favorite air-dry hairstyles that begin with damp hair:
Sexy Waves – Achieve sexy waves by braiding sections of damp hair and allowing it to air dry completely. When you release the braids you have breezy, been-to-the-beach waves.
Tight Bun – While the hair is damp, gather and coil it into a bun by twisting it around itself. You can place the bun high, at the nape of the neck, or to the side for a change.
Undone Bun – This cool, windswept chignon can be worn on all occasions!