Its not unusual to say that we have all had some sensitivity issues with our scalp at some point in our lives, some causes embarrassment with those dodgy white flakes on our shoulder or scratching our heads because it just won’t quit that crawling feeling!! Others have the constant tenderness, burning and sometimes painful sensation on the scalp. We will chat about some products including a scalp scrub, dermabrasion, scalp treatments, shampoos and masques. . . . So lets talk through what can cause sensitivity issues and how we can help to resolve them!!
Your are not alone. Around 60% of women and 40% of men have sensitive scalps, and the reasons for this can vary greatly. If skin is severely sensitive, it may mean that the scalp is hyperreactive or hypersensitive – and this can be alleviated with the proper care.
What is a sensitive scalp?
Symptoms of a sensitive scalp can include:
Your scalp may also simply feel tight and itchy. If your symptoms are severe you may have a hyperreactive or hypersensitive scalp. Whether you have a mild or extreme case, it is important to consider what factors may be causing the sensitivity issue on your scalp. The symptoms may be caused by an imbalanced diet or by using the wrong shampoo. Likewise, exposure to certain climatic conditions, pollution or stress can cause you to experience sensitivity in the scalp area. Considering these and other factors will help you determine why your skin is so sensitive and how to best improve its condition.
The usual suspects:
1.Shampoo – is one of the main causes of scalp sensitivity for many people. The harsh cleansers or surfactants in many shampoos can wash away the scalp’s acid mantle – the natural acidity that protects your skin – leaving it susceptible to dryness and irritation.
Harsh surfactants remove skin lipids, Impair skin barrier, cause inflammation.
Some people have a hypersensitive or sensitive scalp after receiving treatment for conditions such as atopic dermatitis or psoriasis.
When your skin’s natural protective barrier is disrupted by one or more of these factors cause of scalp sensitivity or hypersensitivity
2.Climatic conditions – e.g. sun, cold, heat, wind
3.Physical or emotional stress
4.Chemicals in soap, cosmetics, water, some medications and pollution.
5.Hormonal changes – e.g. pregnancy, menopause, menstrual cycle
6.Food allergies or sensitivities
How do I know if I have a scalp Condition?
If you have white flakes or yellow scales on your scalp and hair . . . . . . You may have Dandruff or Seborrheic Dermatitis.
You have red, scaly, silvery-looking patches on your scalp . . . . . . . . . . You may have Psoriasis.
Your scalp is extremely itchy: You may have a dry and itchy scalp.
See your doctor or your dermatologist if you’re concerned, your symptoms are severe, or your scalp becomes inflamed, weepy or sore.
Lets talk through a few products that may help with your sensitivity issues. . . . .
Just as your exfoliate your face and body to eliminate dead cells for clearer skin, you should be doing this on your scalp too. Enter: hair scrubs, the latest trend in haircare that has salons buzzing. With a hair scrub like Kérastase Fusio-Scrub , now it’s easy to purify your scalp to create the ideal conditions to unveil lustrous and healthy hair. Like clarifying shampoo, the key here is moderate use- no more than twice a week, applied in place of your regular shampoo. This will help offer you a much deeper cleanse than a normal shampoo and help to remove dirt, oil, dead cells and pollution which can all make your hair feel weighed down and dull.
What’s the best hair scrub for me?
Enriched with gentle exfoliants like sea salt minerals the Kérastase Fusio-Scrub Scrub Energisant is designed to care for normal to oily scalp conditions to help exfoliate the deeply-ingrained impurities found within the hair and scalp. Made with Salicylic acid and Vitamin B5, the formula improves skin comfort whilst helping to nourish your locks and prevent dryness. It helps to instantly reinject up to 72% more volume & up to 6x more shine after one application.
For those with normal to sensitive scalps, try Kérastase Fusio-Scrub Scrub Apaisant , enriched with Jojoba Seeds and Sweet Orange Peel to gently cleanse your scalp to remove dead cells and dirt particles, therefore, helping improve skin comfort and prevent dryness.
A cleansing and smoothing shampoo for those that suffer from scalp discomfort with normal hair. Infused with Calophyllum oil and Glycerin with soothing and calming properties, the scalp is gently cleansed, soothed and rehydrated helping hair to regain lightness and vitality.
A hydrating and smoothing silicon-free hair mask to enhance scalp quality and scalp defence. With this hair mask, the hair and scalp are purified and oily roots, dandruff, irritated and itchy scalps are treated. The hair feels nourished, smooth and supple to the touch.
Nioxin Scalp Recovery™ 3-Part System contains ZPT-NIODerma™ Technology (with Pyrithione Zinc, an FDA-approved active ingredient) and green tea extract. The unique anti-dandruff system gently cleanses your scalp and helps to restore its natural balance.
The comprehensive dandruff treatment combats it from the 1st use and stops dandruff from becoming a source of stress in your life. Scalp recovery is specially designed for scalp-related problems, including seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. It provides moisture balance to dry, itchy scalp and dry hair, eliminating irritation and flaking.
An anti-dandruff shampoo with dermatologist-tested active ingredients to cleanse the scalp and reduce hair loss associated with itching.
A daily conditioner that helps reduce dandruff, soothing the scalp and providing smoothness and manageability to the hair.
A soothing leave-on treatment to help relieve dandruff and scalp itching associated with seborrheic dermatitis, leaving the scalp 100% flake free.
Nioxin in salon dermabraison (Facial for your scalp)
Nioxin Dermabrasion Treatment is an anti-aging scalp dermabrasion treatment to help regenerate and revitalize scalp skin through exfoliation. Acting like a scalp facial, this Nioxin Dermabrasion Treatment is exclusively for in-salon use. Experience scalp exfoliation that removes build-up on the scalp to restore it to a good condition. This scalp dermabrasion also helps accelerate skin surface regeneration.
This professional Dry Scalp Treatment addresses the needs of a dry and flaky scalp, instantly relieving irritation, dryness and itchiness. Moroccanoil® Dry Scalp Treatment works to restore scalp imbalances and help relieve scalp irritation while revitalizing the hair. The lightweight but concentrated formula is infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and lavender and geranium essential oils to nourish and soothe dry skin. Salicylic acid gently exfoliates to help reduce flakiness. Circulation improves with use of Moroccanoil® Dry Scalp Treatment. and hair reaps the benefits, getting a dose of vitality and shine.
An oily scalp can leave hair limp and lifeless. Moroccanoil® Oily Scalp Treatment is a professional scalp treatment designed to control overactive oil production and revive hair. This concentrated formula blends antioxidant-rich argan oil and essential ginger oil to help correct imbalances and soothe inflammation of the hair follicle, which manages oil production. As oil levels are regulated, roots are lifted as hair takes on more body and life.