No one wants to sustain an injury, particularly ones that can leave scars. When you are dealing with your hair, however, it can become easy to injure yourself accidentally. Between the heat from styling tools, burns from certain hair products, or the occasional nick from hair sheers, our hair and scalp may come into contact with potentially damaging and harmful things more often than we realize.
A scalp mild injury can have little to no impact on your hair growth, while a more serious scalp injury can have lasting effects. When you are styling your hair, be extra careful and when in doubt seep professional services for some of the more complicated procedures of styling or caring for your hair.
In general, cuts are not overly dangerous, but they can be. If you cut yourself while trimming your hair, it is a good idea to address the injured area. A small cut will likely not do you too much harm as your body’s natural defenses can take over; however, it is essential to be aware that anytime there is open skin, there is a risk for bacteria to get in, which can lead to infection. As we’ve mentioned before in previous blogs, infections can lead to swelling, which can choke off your hair’s nutrient supply and cause hair loss.
Let’s talk about chemicals. If you ever had your hair relaxed or chemically treated, you’ve probably experienced the immensely uncomfortable burning sensation you had on your scalp when the relaxer was put in, particularly if you scratched your scalp beforehand. Even without scratching, relaxers can burn your scalp. Relaxers are not the safest options, but if you want to do it, just take precautions. Many relaxers come with a few things you can do to protect it. Firstly, avoid washing your hair at least one week before having the relaxer applied. Next, you’ll want to avoid scratching your scalp; it will open your skin to the harsh chemicals (as an alternative to scratching you can rub the area of your scalp that itches). If you have any irritations on your scalp, allow them to heal completely. Before the relaxer is actually applied to be sure that your hairline and the area around your ears are based, if you have a sensitive scalp or are prone to burning, you may want to have your entire scalp based.
Be sure to research the procedure so you can understand what is going on and be aware of any steps that need or don’t need to be taken. For example, you should not have the relaxer smoothed through your hair with the toothed end of a comb (it can scratch your scalp). If you do get a scalp burn to avoid products containing alcohol, it will make the burning sensation worse.
Burns from styling tools
If you’ve ever styled your hair with any kind of heat, you may know how easy it is to burn your hair, skin, or scalp. The degree of the burn can have varied effects. If the heat is too high, you could damage your hair or completely burn it off. And as for your skin and scalp burns can lead to inflammation, scarring, damaged skin, and infection. There are ointments that can help. Lavender oil and Aloe vera are both known to help soothe burns; however, it depends on the severity of the burn. A first-degree burn is the least severe and is primarily identified by redness of the skin and inflammation; a second-degree burn will leave the skin blistered, while a third-degree burn can also have blisters; it can also mean that the skin is burned off or severely damaged. If you have a third-degree burn or higher, you need to seek medical attention.
Trauma, cuts, and tension are all ways that your scalp can get injured. The severity of the injury will determine how long it takes for your scalp to heal as well as what the impact will be. Many injuries that can damage your scalp can also lead to hair loss. Cranial damage is no laughing matter, and that alone can have dire consequences. As you go about your day to day life, just remember to stay safe.
Here at Vitalize Hair, we do have products designed to help soothe your scalp, reduce inflammation, and help heal minor scalp injuries. If you want to learn more about our products and how they can help you call us at 1-800-800-7577.