Sensitive Scalp problems are just awful. A sensitive scalp can be a big, very annoying problem, a problem which, just like most other problems, is easily solvable. Many things can cause a sensitive scalp these days, half of them being even totally under your control! Now, isn’t that comforting? Well, in case your sensitive scalp might be giving you a hard time these days, here are a few tips on how to deal with it.
1. Use Mild Shampoos
The ideal solution to your sensitive scalp problems would be to stop washing your hair every day but, since I know this is a no-can-do for most girls, I’d advise you to at least choose very mild shampoos for your daily routine. I mean, how dirty can the average girl’s hair get in a day? You’re not working in a coal mine, for sure? You see, if used on daily basis each and every one of those chemical cocktails available on the isle 3 in your favorite supermarket will strip your poor scalp off those much-needed essential oils, leaving it sore, itchy and flaky and causing you to reach out for the even more harsh anti-dandruff shampoos. Some suffer for months even years until they finally realize the shampoos they use are what’s causing the problem and I’m suggesting you to learn from those mistakes and avoid it all by simply replacing the shampoo you use at the moment for its lighter, less soapy and more natural equivalent.
2. Go Easy on the Hair Products
Alcohol-based hairstyling products, heavy styling pastes and even lime scale can and often are the things that are causing your scalp to be all sensitive and itchy. Some use them on daily basis, some don’t really manage to rinse them off completely and these chemicals just keep building up causing the scalp to react the way it does. The solution would be to try different up-dos that don’t require as much styling aids and to, of course, rinse your hair well. If the water in your area is hard, you might want to rub some mixture of lemon and water into your hair before the final rinse, to make sure the lime scale residues stay where they fit in better– in your sink instead of your hair.
Dry, sensitive, flaky scalp needs to be moisturized regularly to be able to rebuild that natural barrier that keeps all the essential oils and other good things inside. You can, of course, use your regular moisturizer but if you notice that your sensitive scalp is getting even more sensitive and even flakier, I suggest giving natural stuff (herbal oils) a shot. You can use argan, jojoba, almond oil or a good natural plant-oil moisturizer to “feed” your skin and restore both your hair’s and your head’s natural balance.
4. Use Soothing Rinses
If you’re suffering from occasional discomfort, uncomfortable dryness, itchiness or burning sensations a nice soothing chamomile or lavender tea rinse will sure provide that much-needed relief. In fact, pretty much any herb known for its soothing properties will do the trick and, if you don’t have time to prepare teas, you can always opt for natural hair products with chamomile or lavender extracts.
5. See a Doctor
When people hear the words “sensitive scalp” they immediately think “Fungus”, “oily hair”, “patches” when the truth actually is that you can have a sensitive scalp for like a million of other reasons that, surprisingly or not, have nothing to do with a fungal disease! You might be experiencing a lot of stress lately, your scalp might not be “down” with the current weather conditions/climate, your diet might be lacking some important vitamins and minerals or your flaky tender scalp might have something to do with allergies! So, before you start treating a condition you’re not 100% sure you even have, consult your dermatologist first.
6. Ditch the Hairdryer
Uh-oh, now I know this is a hard thing to do but here’s a nice analogy to help you understand what excessive heat does to your sensitive scalp. Now, I’m sure you’ve noticed that your skin looks terrible after prolonged sun exposure and I’m sure you’ve noticed how lifeless it looks when you’re forced to spend most of your days in heated or air-conditioned spaces. Well, the hairdryer does exactly the same thing to your hair and the skin underneath your hairstyle and the only difference is that you can’t see it. Now, I’m not suggesting that you should walk around with a bird’s nest on your head but merely pointing out that there certainly must be times when you can allow our hair to dry naturally and actually make a nice hairstyle that doesn’t require a hairdryer.
7. Change Your Hairstyle
Now, there certainly are plenty of reasons for which you should change your hairstyle and sensitive scalp is just one of them! So, opt for a different, less harsh hair dye, get a haircut that won’t require you do style your hair using a hairdryer or simply ditch your trademarked bun or a pony tail and let your hair (and scalp) rest a bit. These changes won’t only prove to be nice style updates but might even solve that flaky, sore, itchy scalp problems you’ve been experiencing lately.
Many things can cause a sensitive scalp but, fortunately, there are a lot of remedies that can help you deal with it. You don't have to suffer from a tender, easily hurt skin. So let me know if you have problems with a sensitive scalp and tell me are there any sensitive scalp reliefs I’ve forgotten to mention or haven’t heard of? Come on ladies, spread the love and share that knowledge!
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