Having a sensitive scalp can be really hard to live with; a tingling, burning, or just plain painful sensation simply when you’re brushing your hair or putting it up, can be uncomfortable and distressing. The sharp pain might seem like it’s coming from your hairs themselves, but it’s actually coming from nerves in your scalp. The good news is that it’s treatable.
It can be a symptom of stress, headaches, contact allergies, dermatitis, eczema, scalp psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis (aka dandruff), scalp folliculitis, allergic contact dermatitis, burning scalp syndrome (scalp dysesthesia), sensitivity during your menstrual cycle or from sun/wind burn! Or could just be a ponytail fatigue!
Best way to treat scalp pain is highly dependent on the cause. If pain when you touch or move your hair is a regular symptom for you, you’ll probably need a dermatologist’s help to determine why it’s happening. If scales or flakes come out of your hair, it could be your first indication that you’re dealing with eczema, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis on your scalp.
In cases when your scalp pain occurs during a headache, the two conditions could be related so it’s a good idea to find out what’s behind the headaches, although a basic anti inflammatory over the counter remedy could quickly alleviate the symptoms.
Folliculitis is an infection or inflammation of your hair follicles. An antibacterial cleanser or antibiotic is sometimes needed to clear up the infection. Certain essential oils, such as lavender or rosemary, can help heal sores that may be causing scalp pain.
What can we at Utopia Hair Bar do to help?
We recommend you use sensitive and balancing cleansing and styling treatments. We have a great range of follicle friendly styling products such as those in our Techniart range.
We also provide an amazing range of Sensi Balance shampoos within our Serie Expert range which help to prevent imbalances and inflammation, treat and de-sensitise your scalp.
We can also provide a soothing head massage and specialist in-salon treatments as part of your pampering. Book in for a hair consultation and we’ll see what we can do to help!