I have a client who really needs a soft perm for the summer and has “bouts” of scalp psoriasis. I want to provide her the best information possible before creating this new style for her and we are currently in the midst of a remission so I need to act fast. I know a patch test and a test curl would be helpful but I was wondering if you could give me any overview advice on what her needs are in this situation and what precautions I could take to make her feel and look her best. I was thinking of using ISO or Aveda perms and clarifying her hair shaft with Redken PreArt and Hair Cleansing Cream prior to the service. What are the PH issues I am faced with and how can I position myself accordingly for the best result possible? Your advice would be most appreciated as this is a tough subject to find good information on. Thank you
Psoriasis is best treated by a dermatologist. There are many degrees to Psoriasis. I have this disease and I can tell you that there are few things that work well when the disease gets in its more advanced phases. I do not believe that there are any non-prescription items that really work for treating this problem. I often advise patients to keep the scalp skin soft and if the inflamation gets very active, try some topical steroids (hydrocortisone cream) no more than three applications 12 hours apart each week that the problem persists. Continuous use of steroids can be absorbed through the skin and into the body.