Scalp Problems - Prevention
To maintain normal hair production, eat 2
to 3 servings of
protein a day. Protein is found in meat, chicken,
fish, eggs, some cheeses, dried beans, tofu, grains, and nuts. For more
information, see the topic Healthy Eating.
Treat your hair gently.
If your hair breaks easily:
- Shampoo, comb, and brush your hair less
- Use a cream rinse or conditioner after shampooing your
hair. This will make your hair easier to comb and more
- Use wide-tooth combs and brushes with smooth
- Avoid rough combing, brushing, or rubbing with a towel when
your hair is wet. Wet hair is more fragile and thus more likely to
- Avoid hairstyles that pull on your hair, such as ponytails,
cornrows, and braids. The constant pulling causes some hair loss, especially
along the sides of the scalp. If you do use these hairstyles, avoid tight
ponytails and braids. Alternate with looser hairstyles.
- Limit your
use of curling irons, flat irons or straighteners, hot rollers, and hair dryers. If you use these products,
use the low heat setting.
- Avoid chemical treatments until hair you
have previously treated with chemicals has grown out.
To prevent head lice, do not share hats, combs, or other
items. For more information, see the topic
To prevent skin cancer, protect your
scalp (and the rest of your skin) from the sun.
- Limit your exposure to the sun, especially from
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
not use tanning booths or sunlamps.
For more information, see the topics
Skin Cancer, Melanoma and
Skin Cancer, Nonmelanoma.