The scalp microbiome can be defined as a group of organisms growing on the skin on top of the head and are a crucial aspect of keeping the scalp and hair healthy. The scalp microbiome is similar to the skin microbiome though there are various differences between the two.
How does the scalp microbiome differ from the skin microbiome?
In simple terms, it’s based on the contrast between the yeast and bacterial load. The scalp microbiome has a predisposition for increased yeast, versus the skin microbiome and other areas that have higher levels of bacteria.
Certified trichologist and founder of Advanced Trichology, William Gaunitz, FWTS, shared these common symptoms of an out-of-balance scalp microbiome:
White bulbs attached to hairs from the scalp
Additionally, diet and nutrient levels also play an important role and have the largest influence on the scalp microbiome. A scalp-healthy diet can help fight off unbalanced microbes on the scalp and strengthen your immune system.
A few lifestyle changes that can help promote a healthy scalp microbiome include:
Washing your hair regularly with proper products and avoiding oily solutions
Decreasing the consumption of sugar and alcohol while increasing iron consumption in the form of red meat if not a vegetarian or vegan
Eating correctly for your blood type to help support the immune system balance.
Taking supplements such as vitamin D3, high absorbable iron, and omega 3s
Lastly, a blood test should also be done to ensure that vitamin D3 levels are between 60 ng/mL and 80 ng/mL and ferritin levels are above 70 ng/mL.