Best Practices for a Sensitive Scalp
If you have a sensitive scalp, there are a few things you can do to help keep it healthy and free from irritation.
Firstly, be gentle when cleansing your scalp.
Avoid using harsh shampoos or scrubbing too vigorously. Instead, use a mild shampoo and massage your scalp gently with your fingertips or a scalp massager. Clay washes, co-washes and build-up blasting shampoos can be good options for folks with scalp sensitivity depending on your scalp's issue.
Second, protect your scalp from the sun.
The sun can cause irritation and dryness, so be sure to wear a hat or scarf when you'll be outdoors for extended periods of time. If your scalp is overly sensitive, the sun can take an even bigger toll on your skin at the top of your head. Use products with SPF protection such as the to help avoid damage from the sun's UV rays.
Third, use products that specifically tackle your scalp's issue while ensuring it doesn't irritate it.
If you're not sure whether a product will be too harsh for your sensitive scalp, do a patch test on a small area first. If you experience any redness, itching or burning, wash the product off immediately and use a different product. Sometimes you have to test which products and ingredients work better for your scalp than others, and then seek the products which contain the ingredients that do work well for it. Utilize anti-bacterial and anti-fungal shampoo like the As I Am Dry and Itchy Scalp Care Shampoo to help break down any buildup on your scalp that can be causing irritation, and rotate between that and a softer more hydrating shampoo or co-wash like the Eden Bodyworks Papaya and Castor Scalp Cleanser that will help to keep your scalp clean but not overstripped.
Finally, pay attention to your scalp health and see a dermatologist if you're experiencing persistent irritation or other scalp problems.
With the right care, you can keep your scalp healthy and free from irritation, but sometimes you need assistance from a professional who can help give you the guidance that you need. Dermatologists understand whats happening at the microscopic layer of the skin and hair and can best determine what courses of action and products will be best for your specific need.