We’ve been told the dangers of wet hair since childhood. What’s the truth, and what does it mean for your scalp?
Colds, sore throat, runny nose. Since childhood we’ve been told that these are the consequences of going to sleep or leaving the house with wet hair.
There is a lot of evidence that shows that wet hair is weaker, and more prone to damage or breakage.
But the problems of wet hair can extend further, to your scalp.
WET HAIR AND YOUR SCALP
The biggest problem for your scalp when it comes to wet hair has a lot to do with fungus.
Our scalps are home to a large variety of microbes, and most of these are pretty harmless. Some, like malassezia globosa however, can be less so.
Malassezia is totally natural, but in half the world’s population it causes irritation, dryness, itch and flakes – yes, dandruff.
That’s where wet hair can cause a problem.
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A PERFECT MICROCLIMATE FOR DANDRUFF
Wet hair causes problems by giving malassezia its ideal growing environment.
Particularly in humid weather, the combination of warmth and damp between the hair and scalp is a great way to encourage malassezia growth.
Sleeping with wet hair can lead to similar problems: your pillow can hang on to moisture, and keep your head damp for longer - making the ideal conditions for malassezia to thrive.
PROTECT YOUR SCALP
Luckily, it’s easy to protect your scalp from these problems.
Simply drying your hair properly before you go out or fall asleep will make it far harder for dandruff-causing microbes to take hold.
Some points to remember:
- Always squeeze excess water out of your hair gently before you dry it
- Don’t rub your hair with a towel, rather pat dry to avoid damaging hair’s cuticle
- If using a blow dryer, keep it on a low setting, as the heat can also damage your hair and scalp
Along with these tips, using a proven anti-dandruff shampoo regularly will help tackle the root cause of dandruff to stop it form coming back.
Our Clean & Balanced Shampoo is our most popular one with great cleaning action and proven dandruff-fighting power.
There are plenty more too like shampoos that cool to relieve itch, extra conditioning shampoos and some fantastic scents too.
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