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>From Hats to Gnats ... Protect Your Hair and Scalp This Summer Posted by BeautyCare.com
>From Hats to Gnats ... Protect Your Hair and Scalp This Summer

Summer Hair and Scalp Care Tips From Noted Dermatologist;
Online Summer Hair/Scalp Chat Set for June 28

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The hot summer sun might make
us forget winter worries, but the glorious days of this season bring new
sources of irritation for the scalp that call for protective measures.
"Things like the sun, gnats, perspiration and close-fitting hats can not only
create scalp problems, but can also exacerbate pre-existing conditions," says
Jerome Shupack, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and medical advisor to the
Scalpicin Stress Free site at http://www.scalpicin.com.

"Many people do not realize that the sun is a very powerful drying agent,
and that they can sustain substantial damage from not protecting their scalps
from the scorching rays," observes Dr. Shupack. To avoid sun-related
problems, Dr. Shupack recommends wearing a hat, as well as using hair products
that contain sunscreen.

While hats will keep the hair and scalp safe from sun damage, tight,
close-fitting ones do more harm than good. "Tight hats do not allow the skin
to breathe, so the scalp becomes very hot," says Dr. Shupack. "Perspiration
builds up, making the scalp feel itchy and tight, causing or exacerbating
Dr. Shupack advocates loose-fitting hats made from breathable fabrics to
shield the hair and scalp from the sun. Avoid hats made with plastic or
mesh-like materials, since the sun's rays can penetrate through the small

Along with the bright summer sun, the gnats are out in full force to add
to scalp irritation. Gnats usually hover around the head and face, which puts
them within striking distance of the scalp. "The scalp becomes inflamed and
itchy from the gnat bites," says Dr. Shupack. To combat gnats, experts advise
people to don a hat or use insect repellent sparingly on clothes and hats.

When the temperature rises, pools and beaches are especially inviting --
and very hard on the scalp and hair. The chlorine in pool water and the salt
in the ocean can be extremely drying. "After swimming, immediately rinse
chlorine or salt from hair. The longer the chlorine and salt are in contact
with the scalp, the more it dries it out," says Dr. Shupack. He recommends
wearing a bathing cap while swimming, and conditioning hair more often.

Existing Scalp Problems
Dr. Shupack cautions people who are prone to outbreaks of seborrheic
dermatitis or other scalp ailments to be especially careful in the summer
months. "In addition to scalp protection, applying Scalpicin(R) Anti-Itch
Liquid Scalp Treatment daily during outbreaks of seborrheic dermatitis will
help provide immediate itch relief," adds Dr. Shupack.

Ask the Experts
For more information on summer hair care, visit http://www.scalpicin.com,
where you can ask the experts your scalp and hair questions. Site visitors
can also register for e-mailed skin/scalp tips and free brochures, as well as
an online summer hair care chat, featuring Dr. Jerome Shupack, dermatologist,
and Kathleen Flynn Hui, head colorist at Salon AKS in New York City, on June
28, from 8 - 9 p.m. (ET). The chat guests will field questions about
protecting your strands and scalp from the salt, sun and other irritants of
the season.

SOURCE Combe Incorporated

-0- 06/21/2000

/CONTACT: Robin Russo and Alyson O'Mahoney, both of Robin Leedy &

Associates, Inc., 914-241-0086, Robinleedy@aol.com, for Combe Incorporated/

Web Site: /http://www.scalpicin.com/

CO: Combe Incorporated

ST: New York




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