How to care for your sensitive scalp
… we’re talking about the flaky, the dry, the itchy. One of the most frustrating things to go through with a sensitive scalp is continually scratching your head; equal to that horror is seeing white flakes on your clothing while you’re minding your business. The question becomes, ‘How can I care for my sensitive scalp effectively!?’ .
Here are a few tips to keep your sensitive scalp symptoms at bay:
Step ONE: YOUR SENSITIVE SCALP LOVES A ROUTINE
Start a hair care routine that’s centred around treating your scalp. I’ve talked about the importance of building a simple hair routine that targets problem areas you may have. Creating a routine that includes an ongoing targeted scalp treatment will make a huge difference in keeping your symptoms at bay and could also permanently treat the cause of your scalp issues.
Step TWO: WEEKLY HOT OIL TREATMENTS
Hot Oil Treatments, with the right oils, help to treat the causes of your particular scalp sensitivity. If you have an issue that’s undiagnosed or untreatable, they serve to manage your sensitive scalp symptoms. Start your hot oil treatment as your weekly pre-shampoo pamper session. If you create a positive feeling with what many people could view as a chore, you’re more likely to continue the routine - and your scalp will thank you.
Step THREE: SHAMPOO PROCESS
Stay away from the often cheaper, harsh shampoos. The reason they are so cheap is because the brands behind them use cheaper ingredients that are known irritants. You may find that your sensitive scalp has developed because of the ingredients in these shampoos.
And when you shampoo, gently massage the solution on your scalp, (this will help lift any dirt and product build up) making sure not to heap your hair up into a pile, as that will tangle your hair up.
Step FOUR: CONDITION AND OIL YOUR SCALP
So now your hair is washed and you’ve deep conditioned with a conditioner that loves on your curls. No ‘Propylene Glycol’ in your conditioner and stay away from Quaternium-15 (there are many others that could be toxic and some that are very safe - so do a little research to make sure you’re in the ‘safe zone’).
The next step, while you hair is damp is to add a light oil, like Certified Jojoba, to your scalp. Then start your styling process with the rest of your hair.
Extra TIP: THINGS TO AVOID
Shampoos with SLS, SLES and Parabens
Conditioners with Propylene Glycol and versions of Quaternium-15
Excessively using your hair dryer
Take a pause on using harsh chemicals like dyes and relaxers