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How to deal with a sensitive scalp


A sensitive scalp is characterized by constant itching and a burning sensation that also feels dry and tight. It is a source of public embarrassment and stress as well. Usually, seasonal changes make the scalp sensitive, which is followed by dandruff and hair fall. A sensitive scalp can also be a hereditary condition. It is necessary to undergo proper scalp treatment before the scalp is permanently damaged.

Choose your hair products carefully

People with an extremely sensitive scalp should use mild shampoos. Otherwise, the harsh ingredients can leave the scalp dry and the hair brittle by stripping it of natural oils. Avoid hair styling products that contain alcohol. Softening the water is important if you live in an area that receives hard water.

Instead, use anti-inflammatory, moisturizing shampoos that contain fruit and root extracts to treat itchiness and irritation. One such product is the ADV Soothing Cleanser from PHS Hairscience, which is gentle for the scalp.

Pro Tip: Pair it with the ADV Soothing Gel to reduce itching while moisturizing and strengthening the scalp’s protective barrier

Avoid using blow dryers

Drying thick hair especially in the winters can be challenging, but it is a safer drying option for those with a sensitive scalp. As blow dryers give out concentrated dry heat, it can dry out the scalp, which leads to soreness and even damages to the scalp.

Take time out to naturally dry your hair at least once a week. If you cannot totally do away with blow-drying, try partial drying.

Moisturize to avoid dryness

More often than not, scalp sensitivity gets aggravated by lack of moisture. A dry and flaky scalp can be combated by drinking a lot of fluids and moisturizing the scalp. Along with undergoing deep conditioning regularly, you should use products that deeply moisturize the scalp too.

Go easy with the styling

For people with regular styling or coloring routines, it is necessary to take regular breaks to the scalp. Over time, styling treatments can lead to irritation from product buildup. Rinse your hair well after washing so as to avoid any product getting left on the scalp. The ADV Pre-Treatment Scalp Elixir acts as an exfoliator for the scalp, clearing away impurities and product build-up left behind.

Soothing treatments to reinvigorate the scalp

There are a number of herbs and essentials oils out there that can soothe a sensitive and undernourished scalp. Apple cider vinegar is effective for those with curly hair. Aloe vera pulp is known to soothe itchy scalps and treat burns.

Get scalp treatment in time

You might not know when the damage becomes unmanageable. Sensitive scalps are prone to both frizz and dry flaking. Do not underestimate the damage by diagnosing the problem yourself and see a trichologist for proper treatment immediately.

To tackle the problem from its roots however, seek professional treatments done from a reputable salon facility such as PHS Hairscience who offers unique, customized scalp treatments using Korean herbs, Chinese acupuncture and the latest technologies that are clinically proven to be effective.