How to recognize a sensitive scalp?
Equipped with thousands of receptors for perception of the environment, our skin senses equally the gentle touch of a loved one and the effects of the multiple external aggressors. And while a gentle stroke over the hair evokes pure delight, unpleasant stimuli provoke in the scalp feelings of burning, itching, tingling or even pain, accompanied by redness and peeling of the epidermis. Namely one or more of these common signs of discomfort define the term "sensitive scalp".
The factors that provoke the condition are of different nature and often remain invisible to us. Due to the difficulty in perceiving the causality, we usually ignore stress as an initiator of sensitivity. But whether it is physical or emotional, stress has a huge impact on the health of the scalp. Systematic lack of sleep, constant anxiety and fatigue, as well as unhealthy diet, often quietly exacerbate the sensitivity of the skin. At the root of the problem may be the hormonal changes, accompanying the life of every woman, which despite of their regular occurrence, are also often left out of suspicion.
Among the external factors are the pollutants attacking the scalp daily, moist air, high temperatures, ultraviolet light, cold ... But the most common and the easiest to detect reasons for irritated scalp are actually the inappropriately selected cosmetics and medical preparations for hair. Quite a few of the ingredients in shampoos, dyes and styling turn out to be intolerant to the scalp, and alone or in combination with other factors, cause the worrying symptoms mentioned above.
Coping with a sensitive scalp
To avoid the appearance of irritation, it is advisable to perform a tolerance test about 48 hours before using a dye. It is appropriate to do it even if you have used the product in the past, as the body is a dynamic and unpredictable system that does not always respond according to our expectations. It is always better to select styling products with a delicate composition, which does not affect the pH balance of the skin and to wash them off before bedtime.
You should be equally mindful when choosing a shampoo. The most appropriate ones are those free of parabens and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (the so-called SLS), products with soft foaming and moisturizing ingredients. And if the sensitivity has already appeared, specialized shampoos with soothing ingredients are the most suitable.
Choosing the right cosmetics, however, is not enough to cope with the discomfort. A comprehensive care extending far beyond the scalp is needed. Maintaining good hygiene is crucial to skin health, but of course, unduly frequent washing of the hair should be avoided. As we mentioned, high temperatures are not good for the scalp, so wearing a hat in summer, bathing with lukewarm water and drying your hair naturally are strongly recommended.
Leading harmonious and peaceful life, healthy diet, sound sleep and relaxation must also become your priority. Because, if today they are in the core only of the sensitivity of the scalp, in the future they have the potential of becoming a cause of far more serious health issues.