How to Help Soothe a Sensitive Scalp
While sensitive skin is most-often seen on facial skin, did you know that sensitive skin can occur on the scalp as well? According to NCBI, causes of sensitive skin can include pollution, weather changes, heat, and shampoos—all factors that can affect your scalp as well! And it’s not as uncommon as you’d assume. In fact, a study of the French population has shown that 44.2% of the population suffers from scalp sensitivity.* Think you may have a sensitive scalp but aren’t quite sure how to soothe it? Read on for ways you can help to soothe a sensitive scalp!
Find the Trigger
The first step in helping a sensitive scalp is determining the trigger. Think back to your usual hair and scalp routine. Did you recently switch shampoos, introduce a new hair product, or take a shower with higher-than-usual water temps? Any sudden changes to your regular regimen could be the culprit.
Check the Label
If you color your hair, do a patch test on your skin to see if the product reacts to your skin prior to using it. If there’s any irritation, try a different brand. In general, it’s wise to steer clear of products formulated with alcohol or other ingredients that could react to sensitive skin so be sure to check product labels.
Try using a shampoo specifically formulated for sensitive skin that is mild and fragrance-free and rinsing thoroughly! Consider cutting back on some of your heavy, alcohol-based hair products, and applying coconut oil to help keep your scalp hydrated.
Lower the Heat
If you blow-dry your hair every day, try limiting it to a few times per week. Excessive heat may exacerbate the irritation on a sensitive scalp.
With so many different factors—it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s causing your sensitivity. If it persists, talk to your dermatologist about the best treatment plan.
*To read the study, click here.