If you simply cannot deal with how itchy, irritated, or sensitive your scalp is getting, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most sensitive areas of skin on the body, and there are several issues that can crop up to make it a real hassle. Here, we’re going to look at four of the most common concerns regarding scalp care and how to handle it.
Maintain the balance
Not everyone’s scalp is naturally sensitive or easy to irritate and itch. In many cases, the problems with our scalp, from dry skin to discomfort, can be in part our own doing. Our scalp requires gentle care while many of us tend to wash it more roughly and thoroughly. Using excessive heat is one of the most common issues. Another problem is not letting your scalp breathe after a shower. Keeping it wrapped up in a towel or hiding it under a hat only makes it easier for dirt and dust to get trapped at the roots, which can irritate your scalp.
Be mindful with your hair care
What’s more, we often tend to sabotage our hair with the very tools we use to try and make it healthier. Be careful not to interrupt your natural beauty with the wrong ingredients. Harsh shampoos are often full of ingredients that don’t do your scalp much good. These ingredients include parabens, sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), and formaldehyde, so avoid using them where possible. What’s more, even if a shampoo’s ingredients aren’t necessarily harmful, you may develop an allergy to them, so try switching up your hair care products if you’ve suddenly developed itchy or irritated scalp issues.
Free up that hair
Certain hairstyles can leave you more prone to scalp problems as well. For instance, dreadlocks can make caring for your hair much easier, but because they get washed less thoroughly, dirt and debris can build up at the base, especially when they get long. You don’t have to shave your head entirely to get rid of them, however. You can learn how to take out dreadlocks without going into measures quite as drastic. In general, hair that’s more voluminous and curly tends to have this problem more regularly, so a shorter do can help make your scalp easier to cleanse and massage.
Time to see the doc
If it’s not an issue regarding your own skincare, there’s a good chance that dry, itchy scalp skin might a condition that you can use a little help for. Know how to identify psoriasis and the differences between it and dandruff. It’s a chronic issue, meaning that it never truly goes away but there are plenty of products you can be prescribed to help manage the symptoms. Tea tree oil is also a highly effective natural solution, but it doesn’t work for everyone.
Your skin is complicated, and your scalp is even more so. One solution mentioned above might not be enough and it’s rarely an exact science, but hopefully the tips above help you find the peace of mind your head needs.