Caring for the scalp, as well as the hair, has been a key growth trend in personal care since 2014, with a focus on ingredients that provide moisturization, hydration and nourishment for the scalp. So why is such a strong interest emerging for going beyond hair care, to the scalp? The root of the issue (no pun intended ) appears to be the increasing prevalence of excessive hair fall, unrelated to male pattern baldness, being experienced globally by both genders. And a deeper understanding and acknowledgement that hair health starts at the very beginning – the follicle,with the condition of the scalp being a key component of this biological recipe.
An article from the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, defines this relationship as being complementary, that a healthy scalp is needed for healthy hair and healthy hair for a healthy scalp. They state “a healthy scalp is generally defined by a lack of disease or abnormalities…[and would have] normal follicular density with no scaling, itching, burning or erythema” (Monselise 2015)
One of the main contributors to poor scalp health, and subsequent hair health, particularly in Asia is the increase in pollution. The scalp and hair, alongside skin, form the body’s first barrier exposed to pollution. A study by the Industrial Toxicology Research, found that “hair loss due to pollution can coexist or mimic androgenic alopecia”.
The relationship between scalp, hair, pollution, and the resulting inflammation is further documented by Misery (Misery 2011) who noted that exposure to pollution causes faster exfoliation of outer layers of the scalp, exposing the sensitive inner layers and causing more sensitivity. This leads to further scaling and even psoriasis on prolonged exposure. With continued exposure to pollutants,hair follicles suffer unabated low-grade inflammation leading to fibrosis and permanent hair loss.
Given that increasing pollution levels correspond to increased oxidative stress of the hair follicle cells leading to more hair shedding, the demand for products with ingredients that support scalp health is only going to increase.
To meet this growing need, Keraplast Manufacturing has developed the scalp health ingredient FK Scalp. This product uses the proven healing and protection properties for Functional Keratin to promote scalp health for healthy hair by providing:
· Peptides for moisturization and boosting collagen expression
· Film-forming proteins containing antioxidants, heavy metal chelation sites and anti-inflammatory efficacy
· Collagen building and healing proteins to anchor follicles, retain moisture and improve circulation
FK Scalp is a versatile, soluble ingredient, able to be included in a number of different product formats such as:
· Elixir’sand tonics
References used for this information:
Rinaldi F (2008) Pollution, scalp and hair transplants. HairTransplant Forum International 18:227
Misery L, Rahhali N, Ambonati M, Black D, Saint-Martory C,et al. (2011) Evaluation of sensitive scalp severity and symptomatology by usinga new score. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 25:1295
Misery L, Sibaud V, Ambronati M, Macy G, Boussetta S, et al(2008) Sensitive scalp:does this condition exist? An epidemiological study.Contact Dermatitis 58:234-238
Rajput R (2015) Understanding Hair Loss due to Air Pollutionand the Approach to Management. Hair: Therapy and Transplantation. 5:1
Bahta AW, Farjo N, Fargo B, Philpott MP (2008) Prematuresenescence of balding dermal papilla cells in vitro is associated withp16(INK4a) ex-pression. Journal of Investigative Dermatology 128:1088-1094
Monselise, A (2015) International Journal of Women’sDermatology. 1: 161-166