Scalp calcification, have you ever heard of it? Probably not. But it is one major factor when it comes to hair loss in many people all over the world. Sure there are many factors involved when it comes to hair loss. Probably the largest factor is genetics. If you have a predisposition to hereditary hair loss then you most probably will be predestined to lose your hair as you age. But it isn't just genetics which determine everything in our lives, many people will lose hair because of environmental factors or those who have a genetic disposition towards hair loss will lose hair faster if there are environmental factors which contribute further to their hair loss.
So back to Scalp Calcification, what is it exactly? Scalp calcification will happen when the blood vessels under the epidermis of the scalp get clogged with calcium, this in turn will make the blood vessels around the scalp stiff and inflexible and will cause lower blood flow to the hair follicles on the scalp. Reducing the blood flow to the hair follicles on the scalp will then stop vital nutrients getting to the follicles and also begins to reduce the size of the follicle itself. Which in turn is a major factor in hair loss.
If you live in a hard water area you will very easily notice white marks all over your shower screen and around your showers and tiles. These are calcium, magnesium and other mineral deposits which are in your shower water and as the water dries up, the calcium and other hard particles remain on your shower surfaces. If you can imagine that your scalp is exactly the same as all the surfaces in your shower. As the hard water you are showering in dries up on your scalp, it is leaving the exact same residue on your scalp as you can see all over your shower.
This 'calcification' that is occurring on your shower surfaces is also occurring on your scalp and as mentioned earlier when these microscopic hard water particles are lodging themselves in your hair follicles they are slowly destroying the base of each hair strand and causing hair loss.
One clear indication of scalp calcification is that you might see white flakes on your scalp. This is different from dandruff because dandruff are flakes of skin that come from your scalp. Instead these types of white flakes are not skin flakes but they consist of the shedding of the calcium and hard water particles that have accumulated on the surface of your scalp. Additionally hair loss is another indication of scalp calcification.
So what can you do about it? In many parts of the United Kingdom we draw our water supplies from underground water sources. These underground water sources originate from rain water and as the rain water makes it way from the surface to the underground water aquifers it passes through different layers of porous rocks and soils. As the water passes through these layers of rocks they pick up minerals such as calcium, magnesium and other small mineral particles which contribute to the hardness of our water supplies. Different areas of the UK will have varying amounts of water hardness depending upon the sedimentary rock layers in the area which the underground water supply is from. Because many of us live in very hard water areas, this type of scalp calcification is common and to be able to combat it, we need to stop the root cause of the problem, which is hard water.
One method we might use to stop hard water is to install a water softener in our homes. These devices are installed by professional plumbers and will be installed in a closet or basement of your home, it will then treat all the water coming into your house by putting salts into the water which will bind to the hard water particles and then these salts will ensure that the hard water particles do not cling to your scalp or any of your surfaces, meaning that the hard water particles will just wash away. Whilst this is a great solution, whole house water softening devices are costly to install and costly to maintain. So unless the hard water is causing a huge problem in your home (like blocking all your pipes and drains), it is easier to just use a system that will filter the water at the point of use.
That is where a Shower Filter can really help. Shower Filters and Shower Head Filters can be easily attached either between your shower head / shower hose and water outlet or a Shower Head Shower Filter can replace your entire shower head altogether. They have a small filter cartridge inside of them, just like a drinking water filter, and as the water passes through the cartridge it will filter your shower water and help to remove the hard particles such as calcium which are clogging up the hair follicles on the scalp and causing hair loss.
At PureShowers.co.uk you can find a large number of shower filters for hair loss which will help to make your water feel softer and reduce the amount of calcium and other hard particles in your shower, here are just a few examples of some shower filters we would recommend to help stop scalp calcification and stop hair loss: