When I was first told that I had scalp psoriasis I was scared to put anything on my hair just in case it increased the dreaded irritation I was experiencing daily. I was scared to use products on my scalp, I didn’t want to put heat anywhere near my hair never mind put dye on it. As someone who likes to experiment with different hair colours and styles, it was not an ideal situation. After finding products that worked for me and were also gentle on my psoriasis, I decided to change my colour more than ever (I’ve gone from blonde to grey to purple to blue and back again) without causing any irritation, redness or excessive itchiness.
Scalp Psoriasis and your Hairdresser
I think a great place to start when talking about hair care, hair dying and scalp psoriasis is your relationship with your hairdresser. The relationship has to be an open and honest one otherwise your hairdresser cannot advise what is best for you and your scalp. Sometimes, going with what is best for you and your scalp may mean not getting a colour your want instantly, but I am sure many of you would rather an extra trip to the hairdresser than an irritated scalp.
Thanks to my honest relationship with my hairdresser about my psoriasis, we have been able to achieve the colour and styles I have requested without irritation or damage to my scalp. For example, when I first told my hairdresser about wanting to change colour and go grey, we immediately ruled out an all over colour dye as this could irritate not only my psoriasis but also my scalp. Instead we decided to highlight the hair to lighten it. This meant that no actual hair dye or bleach would touch my scalp or my psoriasis, removing the possibility of irritation. To achieve the desired colour we would use a toning colour. This allowed me to get the colour I wanted without irritating my scalp or causing hair damage, which can sometimes occur during dying (extra added bonus).
Going to the hairdressers to get a hair top up can be an expensive process, especially if you have scalp psoriasis and are choosing not to dye your hair directly in order to stop irritation and spreading. Luckily, due to the amazing relationship I have with my hairdresser, she suggested some great products to use at home to keep my colour without dying it.
Scalp Psoriasis and At Home ColouringIn this day and age, there are many ways to colour your hair without permanently dying your hair with a home colourant. I received many product recommendations and after some thorough research, I decided on the brand Bleach London. Bleach London is great as it is available in most local Boots stores and is pretty inexpensive. Plus they do not test on animals, are vegan friendly and the products smell lush (what more could you ask for in a hair brand?)
I use a mixture of Violet Skies and Blullini to get my desired purple/blue colour and leave the mixture on dry hair for around 45 minutes to one hour. I have found that it does not irritate my psoriasis when applied, whilst left on my dry hair or when washed out and dried.
Of course, there are lots of other semi-permanent colourants out there that you can use and Bleach London is just the one that I have found has worked best for me. When deciding to colour your hair (with or without scalp psoriasis) I would suggest carrying out research into what you are putting on your hair and ask a professional if unsure. Better safe than sorry, right?
Keeping Your Hair Clean with Scalp Psoriasis
Let’s be honest, no one wants to be scratching at their head all day, neither do they want the dandruff look that doing so can leave you with. It’s not just colourants that can irritate scalp psoriasis, so using the right shampoo and conditioner is critical. For me, I have two go to shampoo and conditioner products that I use which I have found to not cause irritation and keep my scalp calm.
The first is another Bleach London product. Bleach London’s Live Forever shampoo and conditioner set is aimed at keeping your colour looking fresh whilst preventing the fading that some shampoos and conditioners may cause. I have found this product to not only help hold the colour, but also doesn’t leave my scalp irritated after use, meaning I can get through the day without wanting to attack my scalp.
Another product that I find useful is Provoke Touch of Silver shampoo and conditioner. This is a great product for blondes or those rocking the granny grey hair trend at the moment. It allows you to nourish and ensure the tone of your hair stays the way you want it without causing any irritation.
A product that can be bought over the counter and is designed to tackle scalp conditions, such as psoriasis and dandruff, is Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo. This product smells of tar but is the best over the counter shampoo that I have used that has actually made a difference to taming my scalp psoriasis.
Scalp Psoriasis and Hair Care Products
I have found that when using hair care products with scalp psoriasis it is best to use organic or natural products as they tend to not have as many chemicals in them which can cause irritation to the scalp. Brands such as Arbonne produce colour care products and serums that are vegan friendly and made with natural products in ‘green’ labs. This means that they cause no harm to nature (extra bonus, right?)
With something as delicate as psoriasis anything can irritate it and, sadly, everyone’s psoriasis is different and one product doesn’t fit all. There are many products out there that claim to help or prevent scalp psoriasis but until you find one that is right for you it can be a tedious and long process. Hopefully you find this post helpful and have gained a few tips from it. Happy Colouring!
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UK/IE MAT-03058. Date of Prep: April 2016