This is something that effects most male and many female hair loss sufferers. Take a look in the mirror. Make sure there is a good light over head. Examine your scalp, where you can see it through your hair. Does it look shiny? If not, this is not a major problem area for you. If so, pay careful attention to the remainder of this page.
What causes the shiny scalp common among hair loss sufferers?
Human skin naturally secretes an oil called ‘sebum’ via the sebaceous gland. Fresh sebum protects the skin and moisturises the hair. However sebum can combine with other oils, pollutants, cosmetic products and dead skin cells. If a combination of sebum and other materials is left to build up it can embed into the scalp.
When this occurs the sebum based oil forms a hard layer of plaque. This plaque clogs the scalps pores and embeds itself into the scalps top layer of dead skin (the epidermis).
This is a major problem because if the pores are clogged, hair follicles will not be able to grow. This is illustrated in the diagrams on the next page.