Winter Haircare Q&A with Dr. Yolanda Lenzy, M.D.

By Nsi Amah

Hey, Bronze Beauties! Our hair and scalp can be so finicky sometimes, especially when you are stressed out. As a community, we suffer from so many scalp and hair issues – psoriasis, dandruff, and alopecia. Dove took the initiative to work on hair products that can help with a dry itchy scalp. Dove’s DermaCare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo focuses on dry and itchy scalp issues. With ingredients like shear butter and formulated coconut oil, it is known for relieving any dandruff or irritation during washing, keeping it all at bay. Dove Amplified Textures Hydrating Cleanse Shampoo is a sulfate-free shampoo that is infused with aloe to give a gentle clean feel to your kinks and curls without all that crazy stripping of your hair’s natural oils, helping to keep your kinks and curls hydrated. The Moisture Locking leave-In Conditioner helps bring the moisture back and protects your hair from damage while you are styling it.

Taking care of your hair and scalp is super important to prevent hair loss or scalp issues. However, if you have issues like alopecia or scalp psoriasis, it is best to seek help from a dermatologist before tending to those issues on your own. I recently chatted with Board-Certified Dermatologist and Dove partner Dr. Yolanda Lenzy, who provided me with some helpful haircare tips for myself and my family who are having scalp issues.

Nsi Amah: How can my family members reduce their hair loss from stress?

Dr. Yolanda Lenzy: First, you have to pinpoint what is causing the stress. That could be anything – job, family, anxiety, etc. Once you pinpoint those stressors, you must find ways to relieve yourself from those stressors. Stress reduction is very important. You can start doing Yoga, talk to a friend, take some time off from work, or whatever you see fit. We have two hair cycles, so instant hair growth doesn’t happen overnight; it will start to grow back 6 to 9 months after the event.

Nsi Amah: How can you begin to regrow the hair that was once lost from psoriasis? How can you improve the scalp health from psoriasis?

Dr. Yolanda Lenzy: There are two ways to begin regrowing the hair and improve scalp health. After you have seen a dermatologist, you either take oral medication or topical medication for the scalp. You must treat the scalp first because it does stunt growth. Also, make sure you are seeing a primary care doctor so you can be screened for other illnesses. Make sure you stay on a healthy diet and stay active.

Nsi Amah: How can you combat-stress induced psoriasis while battling environmental aggressors such as Winter?

Dr. Yolanda Lenzy: Find a satin-lined hat to keep the moisture in during the winter. In the house, it is good to have a humidifier. I also recommend Dove’s Amplify Texture line because those products will give you the hydration that you need. On last thing is to buy a steamer!

Nsi Amah: What are some of the best ways to determine what’s causing an itchy scalp?

Dr. Yolanda Lenzy: First, take a look and see what the problem is. A dermatologist will look at it from a microscope. Then you must see what products were introduced and do a process of elimination. The dermatologist can also do a patch test to see what you are allergic to.

Nsi Amah: When it comes to alopecia, how can one begin to recover the hair that’s been lost?

Dr. Yolanda Lenzy: First, get an acute diagnosis. Alopecia is such a broad word and there are several different types. Once you get a diagnosis, you can properly be treated. Clients think there is one type of alopecia and you can get the same treatment as your friend. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.


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