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How can you protecting your scalp prevent a psoriasis flare that interferes with a hair dye appointment?

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Don’t dye your hair during a psoriasis flare. If you have a “can’t miss” hair color appointment on your calendar (say, right before a wedding), do everything you can to prevent a flare from happening.

Protecting your scalp can help. Be careful not to scratch your scalp with a brush. Avoid wearing tight hairstyles that pull on your scalp.

Get a handle on stress, too. These science-backed strategies can help restore calm when stress creeps in:

  • Exercise.
  • Meditate.
  • Get quality sleep.
  • Listen to music.
  • Journal your thoughts.

Also, be sure to keep up with your psoriasis treatment. For scalp psoriasis, treatment may include one or more of the following:

  • Medicine applied to the scalp
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Scale softeners
  • Injections
  • Light treatments
  • Medication

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Don’t fear your flakes,” “Safe styling for scalp psoriasis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hair Dye Safety: What You Need to Know About Salon and Box Color.”

NHS: “Dangers of black henna,” “Hair dye reactions.” 

Logona: “Hair Color Guide.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis,” “Stress Management.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Use of an epinephrine autoinjector (Beyond the Basics).”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hair styling tips that can reduce flares of scalp psoriasis,” “Scalp psoriasis: Tips for managing,” “Scalp Psoriasis: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on May 7, 2020

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Don’t fear your flakes,” “Safe styling for scalp psoriasis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hair Dye Safety: What You Need to Know About Salon and Box Color.”

NHS: “Dangers of black henna,” “Hair dye reactions.” 

Logona: “Hair Color Guide.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis,” “Stress Management.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Use of an epinephrine autoinjector (Beyond the Basics).”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hair styling tips that can reduce flares of scalp psoriasis,” “Scalp psoriasis: Tips for managing,” “Scalp Psoriasis: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on May 7, 2020

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