Did you know that you can have a sensitised scalp? If it feels sore, hurts when you tie or untie your hair, is itchy or red and you sometimes feel a burning sensation, there’s a high chance your scalp is sensitised.
Some of the causes of a sensitised scalp are prolonged exposure to the elements for example extreme heat or extreme cold, pollution, products that don’t suit your scalp, stress and anxiety. All these can lead to a compromised scalp barrier which leaves the scalp hyper reactive. This could manifest as acne, eczema, psoriasis or even dandruff.
If you think your scalp is sensitised, here’s what you can do to reduce inflammation and rebalance the scalp so that it’s healthy again.
Choose the right products: Pick shampoos, conditioners and styling products that are free from sulphates, silicones and parabens which strip the hair of its natural moisture and can disrupt the scalp’s natural barrier. A shampoo like the Hair Rewind Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo offers intense hydration while also strengthening the scalp’s natural barrier. It is packed with saccharide iomerate that keeps your scalp moisturised for up to 72 hours, prevents loss of moisture and helps restore the moisture balance.
It also has the Barrier Boosting Complex that is a cocktail of ceramides and phytosphingosine that help strengthen the scalp’s natural defences. A scalp that is moisturised and has a strong barrier is less likely to be irritated by external aggressors and more likely to be healthy and balanced.
Keep your scalp protected from the elements: When spending an extended amount of time outdoors don’t forget to wear a cap or beanie depending on the weather. Bonus points if you pick one that has UPF or a sun protection factor. This will ensure your scalp is not exposed to the natural elements and reduce chances of it getting sensitised.
Exfoliate your scalp regularly: Sebum, sweat, dead skin, product build up can clog pores and further exacerbate a sensitised scalp. Gently exfoliating the scalp with the Bio-Enzyme Scalp Mask helps clear all the build up and rebalance the scalp so it’s healthy and calm. It features bisabolol, which is an active ingredient in chamomile to help soothe inflammation, while a blend of powerful antioxidants like Glutathione, Ubiquinone, and Ascorbic Acid help protect the scalp and hair from free radical damage.
Manage stress and anxiety: Easier said than done, but taking control of your stress and anxiety will have a huge impact on the health of your scalp. Schedule a 10-minute meditation or pencil in at least one yoga class in the week to help keep your scalp balanced. If nothing else, turn off all your devices and get yourself to bed early so you get a full seven hours of undisturbed sleep. Gently massaging your scalp with your finger tips for even five minutes a day will help instil a sense of relaxation and calm. It also boots blood supply to the scalp to keep it nourished and healthy.
Seek professional help: Don’t wait till your scalp is severely compromised before seeking professional help. Getting the treatments your scalp requires earlier than later can help soothe sensitivity and heal your scalp faster. Take for example, the O2 Infusion For Hypersensitive Scalp that uses the Scalp Barrier Soothing Serum to expressly soothe, calm and heal inflamed and stressed scalps. The Scalp Barrier Soothing Serum has Korean medicinal plant extract Cynanchum Atratum that helps improve scalp barrier function while inhibiting inflammatory reactions associated with sensitive scalps. This makes it extremely effective when it comes to treating atopic and sensitive scalp concerns such as eczema and psoriasis. The serum also has Alpha Glucan Oligosaccharide, which is a botanically derived prebiotic. This prebiotic acts as food for the good bacteria in your scalp environment allowing them to flourish and improve the balance of scalp micro flora. Alpha Glucan Oligosaccharide also provides protection and bio-stimulation of the scalp’s natural defences and restores the scalp’s healthy microbiome. The serum also has great anti-bacterial properties to instantly soothe and calm scalp acne, and prevent the reoccurrence of scalp acne thanks to portulaca extract. This potent serum is infused into the scalp with a high pressure oxygen from the medical grade jet device to improve absorption.