Dr. Craig Ziering Quoted in Byrdie | Witch Hazel Can Benefit Your Hair
Witch hazel is derived from the bark and leaves of a plant called Hamamelis virginiana. “Its leaves and bark are astringent and anti-inflammatory,” says trichologist Bridgette Hill. Witch hazel is antioxidant-rich and has antibacterial properties.”
A variety of conditions can lead to scalp sensitivity—and that’s where witch hazel comes in. “Sensitivities can arise due to topical and chemical treatments, or dermatological conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, or eczema,” says Dr. Craig Ziering, a board-certified hair transplant surgeon and restoration expert. “In these cases where the scalp is irritated or inflamed, or there is excessive cell buildup, witch hazel offers calming benefits,” he explains.
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