Just like the skin on our faces and bodies, our scalps are also just as susceptible to the elements, diet, lifestyle and seasons etc.
Scalp irritation can often occur when we are unsure of how to best take care of it.
So, let’s learn a few things:
How to know if your scalp is irritated?
What are the most common causes of scalp irritation?
Some of the best tips to keep your scalp fresh and healthy!
Some of the most common symptoms of an irritated scalp are:
- Dandruff or flakiness
- Redness or raised patches
- Stinging or discomfort when washing or styling
- Hair loss
Some of these symptoms are commonly caused by product build up, harsh ingredients, chemical exposure such as chlorine, the sun and also sometimes hot showers to name a few.
These can make your daily life a challenge! And itchy scalp can make it hard to focus on your daily life activities or even have a face-to-face conversation. It can impact your self-esteem!
The best way to avoid product build up is to cleanse your scalp regularly, and always cleanse hair twice. The first cleanse removes dirt, oils and build up. The second cleans the scalp effectively and alleviates irritation. Make sure you avoid sulfates and silicones as these can stay in your hair and scalp creating inflammation and itchiness. Clever Curl offers a No-Poo Cleanser that is packed with all the beautifully hydrating ingredients your curls LOVE.
If you love the outdoors and your hair and scalp are exposed to the elements, it is a great idea to use a heat and pollution protector. If you frequent pools and the beach, make sure to wet your hair with fresh water before you enter the pool or the ocean. By doing this you are leaving no room for pool water or salt water to go in and fill up the cuticle. If it’s too sunny you can always wear a hat for extra protection.
We know hot showers are relaxing and promote blood circulation, however if the water is too hot it can really dry out your skin and scalp by removing all the natural oils that protect it.
Keep super-hot water away from your scalp.
If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to stay away from fragrances too.
Both EverEscents and Clever Curl offer amazing Fragrance Free Ranges that are suitable for all ages, even for those with sensitive scalp conditions.
The good news is, there are many ways you can get rid of the itch and keep your scalp happy, healthy and flake free.
Some of the best ingredients to maintain a healthy scalp are Aloe Vera, Tea Tree oil, Rosemary oil Lavender oil, Peppermint oil and Apple Cider Vinegar to name a few. These powerful and natural ingredients not only hydrate your skin and hair but also work as a natural anti-bacterial and antimicrobial gently cleansing and removing build up without stripping natural oils.
Another key element is to use organic products. These are a great option to keep your hair and scalp happy. They might be a tiny bit pricier but it’s a long-term investment. Furthermore, when using clean, rich and organic products, less is more.
A perfect example of a fabulous, effective, organic product is the EverEscents Organic Hair Care Lavender Range. Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil is one of the main key ingredients that promotes new cell growth, restores moisture to the hair and skin and calm, soothe and reduce the occurrence of scalp irritation.
If your symptoms persist or worsen always consult your Doctor or Dermatologist.
Remember; your scalp is also your skin. It needs care and love too. Self-care is the new black!