Most of us have a love-hate relationship with our hair. We spend days yearning for good hair days, cribbing when our schedule doesn’t align with our hair wash days, and experiencing the dilemma of understanding what works best for your hair type.
However, it’s more daunting when you have a sensitive scalp. You begin to notice that your scalp has become more fragile and sensitive. In most cases, susceptible to irritation, red bumps, incessant itching, or even a vague discomfort while combing hair. It almost feels damaged when touched.
Don't worry; be patient as you slowly understand the problem. Let’s calm that irritation, boost your scalp health, and bring back healthy hair growth with the best hair care routine for your sensitive scalp!
What can cause scalp sensitivity?
You might wonder why your scalp is so tender. The growing frustration of not knowing what is causing the problem can bring our mood down. There are several reasons for this.
1. It could be an allergic reaction to a product you were recommended
2. The harsh chemicals in hair colour or a regular shampoo that contains sulphates or parabens
3. Poor diet or stress
4. Environmental factors such as pollution and many more
All these factors can cause your scalp to become dry, itchy, and flaky. However, don’t wash your hair every day because of these factors. Regularly washing your hair can increase scalp sensitivity, which may be brought on by a disruption in barrier function by excessive water loss. This can cause inflammation, leading to a vicious cycle of more dandruff and incessant itching due to product buildup.
Now, let's start to check out the steps to incorporate into your best hair care routine!
1. Pick the right hair product
Not all shampoos are right for your tender scalp. The sensitivity may have increased due to abrasive ingredients or harsh chemicals like sulphates or parabens. This can further aggravate the situation by drying out your scalp. Hence, you have to be extra careful before purchasing a new shampoo or conditioner. It might suit your friend well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it would for you as well!
Faith In Nature Shampoo and Conditioner are fragrance-free and ideal for those with sensitive scalps and coloured hair. It gently cleanses away the impurities, leaving your hair soft and smooth with minimal damage!
2. Avoid excessive styling & using a hair dryer
The ultimate good hair day is achievable only if you don’t style your hair on a frequent basis. Take a break from styling and usage of various styling products in moderation until your scalp and hair have recovered from the damage, irritation, and flakes.
The intense dry heat that hair dryers emit dries out your scalp and may cause it to feel uncomfortable and damaged. So, attempt natural hair drying. Even if you do have to use a hair dryer, hold it farther away from your scalp.
3. Oil and deep-condition your tresses
While using coconut oil or almond oil to strengthen and moisturise hair is already part of your routine, adding essential oils can increase their effectiveness. Tea-Tree Oil will work precisely for you, whether you want to stop flakes, encourage growth, or balance the scalp’s pH.
Clay Pure Tea tree Essential Oil is 100% natural with antibacterial and antifungal properties to reduce dandruff and boost scalp health. After massaging the oils into your scalp, rinse it off after 30 minutes.
Deep conditioning feels like magic, with nourishing ingredients whisked in to keep your hair healthy after all the damage caused by styling, heated tools, and sun exposure. We recommend the True Frog Deep Conditioning Mask to restore hydration and reduce irritation.
4. Exfoliate your scalp
Your scalp's health affects the condition of your hair. It would be difficult to achieve the hair of your dreams if you only focused on your strands and ignored the roots and scalp! You must remove any product buildup that might be weakening your follicles. Massage your scalp with Fiducia Botanicals Scalp Exfoliator, which gently cleanses your scalp, eliminates dirt buildup, removes dead skin cells, and boosts your scalp's overall health.
5. Rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is frequently used as a condiment in a healthy meal. Call this condiment a do-it-all because it’s also used as a DIY to boost shine, remove product build-up, strengthen hair, and promote scalp health.
Hair that's brittle and frizzy has a higher pH due to the frequent use of many hair products. With ACV being an acidic substance and a natural cure, it aids in balancing your scalp's natural pH! After shampooing your hair, use a cup of ACV with four glasses of water.
6. Wash your hair with lukewarm or cold water
Taking a bath with hot water is definitely pleasant after a long, stressful day. We hate to break it to you, but hot water strips off your skin’s moisture, making your scalp’s condition worse by causing a burning or tingling sensation.
It’s best to wash your hair with either lukewarm or cold water.
If the situation doesn’t get better, it’s always best to seek treatment from a dermatologist. However, it’s always better to make the same investment for your hair as you do for your skin!
- Salonee Salian