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Could scalp sores be an allergic reaction to hair care products?

Maryanne asks;

I seem to have developed, what almost seems like scalp sores on my head as well as on my elbows and knees. I’m wondering if maybe I could be allergic to what hair care products my hairdresser is using on me? Maybe the hair color she uses or even the hair care products she styles me with. I don’t take any medication other than Aleve for my arthritis occasionally, and have been allergy tested recently to no avail. Have you seen this before in the hair salon? Could it be an allergic reaction that they don’t have a test for?

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Hairdresser Jeffrey Cook answers;

“Scalp Sores Not Usually From Hair
Care Products”
I am not a doctor of course, but in working with the public in such an intimate setting as the hair salon, I have seen many hair and skin diseases and disorders over the years.

This doesn’t sound like a typical allergic reaction from hair color or hair care products to me. Allergic reactions from hair color or hair products vary but are more often reactions such as; dermatitis, an itchy scalp, or rash of some sort. Some extreme cases can include other symptoms that are outlined in this article on hair color and allergic reactions.

However, your case sounds more like Psoriasis or possibly an even rarer form of Psoriatic Arthritis to me. Psoriasis is usually characterized by small red pockish scalp sores, or a white silvery scale where the skin simply sloughs off. Psoriasis sometimes will also mirror itself on the body in quite a miraculous manner. Many people misunderstand this condition and believe it should be treated topically, like dandruff and eczema. This is false.

Psoriasis is a systemic immune disorder, but don’t be freak out just yet. Although there are no cures for these conditions, there are treatments to alleviate the symptoms.
The first line of treatment you might consider, would be coal-tar, aniline derivative shampoos or external steroids, but their efficacy rates are low and sometimes are greasy, stinky, and quite time-consuming. Couple these with UVA and UVB treatments weekly and you might as well move in with your dermatologist.

The next treatment that might be considered is a mild form of chemotherapy drugs such as Clonesporin or Methotrexate. Usually these are more effective long-term solutions, however they have there side-effects. You do have to have periodic liver enzyme tests as well as tuberculosis test every 6 months or so.

Finally, there are a few of these pricy yet effective, injectable type treatments which include Humira, Amevive, Enbrel and Raptiva. They have proven to be most successful in the treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis but again have side-effects and certain tests that must be done to insure the proper response from the drug.

I hope that this has at least given you some food for thought about what could possibly be going on with you. Of course I am not a doctor, so a visit to your dermatologist for a diagnosis whenever scalp sores appear is really the best advice I can give to you.

 

  



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Hair Thinning Product Nioxin Buyout by P&G

Nioxin

Thinning Hair Care Product Nioxin Bites the Dust

Hairdresser Michael Quick writes,
“Nioxin Hair
Thinning Product”
Well it has happened once again. Another large professional hair care products company has been bought out by a large corporate entity. This time around it is Nioxin, that has been purchased by Proctor and Gamble. (Proctor and Gamble also own Wella.)

Nioxin is the recognized leader in thinning hair care products with its entire line catering to the thinning hair market. P&G has intentions of increasing product development and brand awareness worldwide, which is great for both the retail consumer and for the hair salon professional.

While this purchase should mean business as usual for the average thinning hair consumer, it may mean a supply disaster for the hair salon professionals.  Nioxin has always been known for its rapid packaging changes which immediately forces inventory liquidations to keep things current. Now the problem will become that quite a few distributors that carry Nioxin and sell to hair salons are owned by either L’Oreal or other direct competitors to P&G.

These distributors will naturally stop carrying Nioxin. This same thing happened when P&G purchased Wella not long ago. And judging by the past transition with Wella, this transition should be long and arduous one to say the least.

Despite this initial backslide, this merger should help Nioxin move to the next level as a professional thinning hair care company. This in turn will be a plus for all of us, both consumer and professional alike.

  



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Hair Color Too Orange?

Color for Hair Orange

Orange Hair . . . Oh My! . . . Claire Asks:

Help!! About 3 months ago a hairdresser dyed my hair permanently dark brown. Over time it has faded and now my hair has an orangey tinge to it. I’m too scared to get it stripped, but if I do what will happen? My natural color is a mousey brown.

Please help!

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Sarah Hamilton Answers:

“Color for Hair Correction”I’m going to assume when you had your hair colored dark brown that you were covering some previously high lighted hair? If so, I would not suggest getting the hair stripped of the orange tones. You will only damage your hair even more and you’ll be right back where you started. If you are trying to achieve the same look, dark brown hair, you simply need to have the hair re-colored. Your hairdresser or hair colorist should use a natural hair color with a blue base to cancel out the orange tones. It is the simplicity of using complimentary hair colors! The blue will neutralize the orange out of the hair.

If this is not your case, then your hairdresser was more than likely attempting to give you a nice warm brown hair color and simply put in too much of the red/orange tone in the formula applied to your hair. Once again, your hairdresser should use a natural brown hair color with a blue base to tone out the brassiness in the hair. You may also want to have a Malibu treatment done on your hair. More on that on Barb’s article How to Solve Hard Water Hair Issues.

A Malibu treatment will remove any buildup due to hard water, rust, chlorine and the like. It is possible there may be build-up on the hair that is also causing the orange tones. This of course also depends on what you want your end result to be. It may take a few applications before you actually achieve your desired look.

If you are looking for an instant solution to your problem, you can have the hair stripped of the color but, this is considered hair color correction and not only is it very damaging on the hair, but is typically very costly. Every hair color correction is different, but it’s not unusual to cost in the hundreds of dollars to do a hair color correction.

There is a chance your hairdresser may have to cut off several inches of hair after stripping, depending on the state of your hair. Definitely see a hairdresser for a consultation if you are considering this option! Your other option of a hair color application per month is not only less expensive but will maintain the health of your hair and possibly the length too!

 

  



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