To Cover or Not to Cover? That is the Question

To Cover or Not to Cover? That is the Question

August 04, 2016. Filed under Hairloss and Recovery . No Comments

It’s likely that everyone reading this article has or will have a scalp issue at some point in life. It's one of those you're-not-alone things, because everything from dandruff to hair loss is super common, yet we often don't feel comfortable talking about it. Too many people suffer from easily treatable conditions quietly.


Let’s face it, no one likes walking around with thinning hair. Whether the central parting of your hair is widening, or your forehead appears a bit larger than in last year’s family photos, it can be difficult to stand in front of the mirror and wonder if others will notice as well. So what do you do? Wear a hat, a wig, a head scarf? Should you try to cover up thinning hair? 

Whether you have started treating your hair loss or not, it can be extremely tempting to cover your head. While your morning routine might be simpler, the condition of your scalp is often suffering.

If you're dealing with scalp problems, you shouldn’t be too embarrassed or afraid to seek treatment and you should think twice about covering up your head while you’re trying to grow your hair back. Here’s why:

Many people have scalps populated by fungus. Fungus lives between the dermis and epidermis junctures of the scalp and is the cause of dandruff. Dandruff is related to hair loss as a by-product of inflammation and fungus. Hair loss experts often recommend using anti-dandruff or anti-fungal shampoos if you are suffering from hair loss. Many also recommend at home low-level laser light therapies to help hair growth.


Back to your morning routine. How is fungus related to covering your scalp with a hat, wig or scarf? If you’ve ever suffered from athlete’s foot, you’re more than familiar with the presence and growth of fungus in enclosed shoes; scalp fungus is no different. Just like any type of microbe, fungus lives on the skin but in higher numbers on the scalp. Your scalp is the ideal setting for fungus, which can multiply when exposed to sweat, heat, or moisture.  


Any type of head covering – whether in the form of a hat, wig or scarf – will logically increase the temperature of your head.  Heat will optimize the conditions for fungus to flourish. which can result in inflammation and hair thinning... and we’re back at step one, standing in front of the mirror, trying to cover up thinning areas on our scalp.


By trying to hide problem areas with a hat or anything else, you are in fact creating more problems. So no, you should not try to cover up thinning hair when you’re trying to grow new hair.


Low-level lasers have been proven to decrease the inflammation tied to the over production of fungus. The Theradome laser hair helmet is recommended by doctors for a minimum of twice a week usage. Low-Level Laser Light Therapy customers report minimized shedding, increase hair shaft diameter and hair re-growth. 


So be brave and try to see your hair loss as a temporary problem that you should work on improving instead of covering up. Focus on the solution rather than multiplying the problem with hair coverings. Want to speak to a hair loss specialist? Visit our site and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours: 


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