Scalp Eczema Series with Kristan Serafino: Who gets Scalp Eczema?

Kristan Serafino – Celebrity Hairstylist

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.

Scalp Eczema in Children and Men

Last week, we’ve explained that scalp eczema, or seborrheic dermatitis, is eczema on areas of skin with higher number of sebaceous glands. It is commonly associated with sensitivity to the yeast, malassezia furfur, that thrives in oily, sweaty and scaly skin and proliferate more from many reasons – decreased immunity, presence of too much sweat in individuals with seborrheic dermatitis. Sebum secretion is controlled by the hormone, androgen, which can be higher in (i) infant and (ii) adult males. Androgen increases at puberty and causes sebum production to increase, peaking at about 20 year old.

For children, scalp eczema is also known as cradle cap, which is greasy, yellow and crusty. It is difficult to scrape off and emoillent or coconut oil can be applied to soften the crust prior to combing it off before bath. Cradle cap can also develop above eyebrows and inside the ears, for more information read this post.

While children won’t know that they are having a bad hair day, scalp eczema can be an issue for teenagers. During the teenage years, there is higher sebum production coupled with sweating through sports, thus providing an environment for the yeast to grow. It is even trickier if sweat is also a trigger for the eczema; while the amount of sweat produced for long or short hair is the same, short hair could at least reduce the amount of sweat trapped. Heat may also be a trigger, and I know that once my toddler’s hair grows longer, she feels hot and start scratching!

So, for this week’s Hairstylist Challenge – We’ll ask Kristan for some short hair cuts and styles!

Serafino Says

I recommend any number of beautiful short hairstyles for women with scalp eczema because of the ease of maintenance, cooling effect, and reduced itching. I truly believe a short hairstyle is the most provocative style a woman can wear, but it takes a woman with confidence to rock it. But if you embrace a short hairstyle it can boost your confidence, make you look younger, and reduce the amount of time you spend on hair care.

Before you rush off to the salon you may want to consider the condition of the scalp. On those days when the scalp eczema flares up resulting in weepy patches or irritated scabs, you want to be particularly cautious of infection. While beauty salons are governed by strict heath codes, you have to consider that brushes, combs and scissors may not have been thoroughly sterilized between uses. Just to be on the safe side; you do not want to expose an irritated scalp condition to a possible infectious environment.

If you have not tried short hairstyles in the past then I don’t want you to think for a moment that your choice is a life sentence of boredom. A good short hair cut has all the right proportions and includes all the basic elements of balance, line and movement…just like longer hairstyles. A short hair cut is manageable and the hair will look great in its natural form even before styling.

I am a big proponent of change and encourage my clients to experiment and have fun as their basic cut grows out. Even if you have short hair! Twist, pull, pin, tie and add accessories to tweak your hairstyle regularly to achieve a feminine look one day, sassy the next, then sexy for those special nights. You will be surprised what a subtle difference can make in the way you look, and even your attitude. Change can include introducing styling products into your routine such as gel, spray or mousse, but always test a product on a small area of the scalp before using. The ingredients and formulization of hair care products vary and you want to be certain all products agree with your skin condition. Most hair care companies will provide free samples for testing. Just as with your shampoo and conditioner, choosing the correct styling product is a process of elimination and experimenting with different hair products.

Now go out there and make the world sit up and take notice of your new short hair cut!

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Hair Accessories for Women & Children (selected by Kristan)

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