5 tips for sensitive scalp

Little as annoying as a sensitive scalp. Irritation, itching and flaking can pretty much spoil the fun in your hair. Fortunately, there are ways to care for and calm your sensitive scalp so you can enjoy beautiful hair and a healthy scalp again. By the way, did you know that 80% of people suffer from a scalp problem in some way? And did you know that only 30% talk to their hairdresser about it?


1. Choose mild care products
One of the first steps to take care of your sensitive scalp is to choose the right shampoo. Go for a mild shampoo without harsh chemicals or strong fragrances. Ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera and oatmeal can be soothing to your scalp. Always read the ingredient list and avoid shampoos with sulfates and parabens. The Salon B Haircare Healthy Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner are specially designed to soothe and care for your irritated scalp without drying out your hair. However, it is important to use both products for the perfect balance.


2. Avoid excessive washing
Washing your hair too often can dry out and irritate your scalp. Try to wash your hair no more than 2-3 times a week. This gives your scalp a chance to produce natural oils and repair itself. Hot water can dry out and irritate your scalp, so try showering with lukewarm water. This helps soothe your scalp and prevents further irritation. Rinsing with (ice) cold water can certainly help soothe your scalp and it gives a nice, tingling effect.


3. Be kind to your hair
 With a sensitive scalp, it is extra important to be gentle with your hair. As much as possible, avoid using hot styling tools such as blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons. These can irritate your scalp if too much heat reaches it. The wrong brush can also damage your scalp. Choose a soft brush with natural bristles or a comb with rounded teeth to spare your scalp.


4. Be careful with styling products
Besides shampoos containing ingredients that are less pleasant for your scalp, it's also best to avoid styling products containing alcohol. Many hair sprays, gels and mousses contain alcohol. These can dry out your scalp and cause irritation. Instead, opt for products designed specifically for sensitive scalps or made with as many natural ingredients as possible.


5. Your lifestyle under the microscope
You might not suspect it, but your lifestyle can also play a role in sensitive scalp. Too much stress, for example, weakens your immune system, which can manifest itself in skin problems such as itching, rashes and flakes. A lack of certain nutrients can also be a cause of sensitive scalp. So make sure you get enough vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and iron.

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