Sensitive Scalp Issues

My hair is possibly one of my best assets, but it is also causes a lot of problems for me. Why you ask?  As a child I had eczema all over my body, it left my body then spread to my scalp. I remember being in 6th class in school and being so self conscious wearing our school uniform. We had a black jumper and blue shirt. That year my scalp was so bad that girls referred to me as ‘snowflake’ because I had bad dandruff. In fact, it wasn’t dandruff just my scalp shedding. I would leave the house in my jumper, then as soon as I got to school be in my blue shirt so that no one would notice. I got away with it for ages but at that age if you are seen to be scratching your hair people thought you might have other problems.

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Over the years my scalp issues disappeared for a while but were still always present. I am now 24 and the last two years have been the worse for my scalp. I adore my red hair and the compliments that come with it. People always tell me that I am so lucky to have such a great head of hair. I am very grateful as so many women I know have thin hair or else their hair is weak and damaged. I always thought I just had dandruff until a hairdresser told me that it was actually a form or eczema or psoriasis. I haven’t been to a specialist or anything, just a bit of self diagnosis but the issue I have is a sensitive scalp. When I hear a recommendation I am the first to go out and try it. I am determined to find a product that suits my scalp.

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The feeling is like my scalp is on fire, it burns and when it is at it’s worst I just want to get rid of all my hair (very dramatic I know). I have tried several shampoos/home remedies over the past few months that I would like to recommend if you suffer like myself. Here are my top recommendations and remember to tweet me if you have a recommendation (@k8_kell).  The treatment of scalp psoriasis is best achieved by shampoos containing the active ingredients Coal Tar and Salicylic Acid.

1: Coconut Oil

Yes this will sooth your scalp but if you have thick hair like myself it will leave it incredibly greasy so only use a little. My top tip is massage a little bit of coconut oil into your scalp before shampooing. I tried this based on a recommendation and it calmed my scalp down when I had the burning sensation. I do this once a month.

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2: Capasal Therapeutic Shampoo

This shampoo smells so bad but is so good. I use it maybe once every 2-3 weeks as it is stronger than the other shampoos I have use. Why this shampoo is so good is that it has combined both Coal Tar and Salicylic Acid to help control the sensitive scalp issue. It also has added coconut oil in it to moisturise the scalp. I recommend using this shampoo when you feel that your scalp is getting sore, not as your regular shampoo.

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3: MooGoo Milk Shampoo €14.95 

Another recommendation in a forum that I was reading. The milk like texture was so soothing on my scalp and helped to calm it down. If you have thick hair like mine I wouldn’t recommend using this product for everyday hair washing as I found it left a little residue on my scalp. I would use this if you have that burning sensation as it was incredibly soothing. It’s pH balance is what makes this shampoo so gentle on your scalp.

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4: Kerastase Bain Exfoliant Hydratant

This is hands down what saves my scalp every time it flares up. I have fear if I forget to pack this on a night away. I wash my hair every 2-3 days and this is always my go to. I do try to mix it up so that my scalp doesn’t get used to any one product. My scalp always seems to flare up when I forget this shampoo and use a normal shampoo just like everyone else. Priced at €20 it really is my saving grace. A hairdresser recommended this shampoo to me and I am forever grateful. You can get this shampoo in any salon that uses Kerastase.

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5: Normal Shampoos I use:

Normal, non specialized shampoo will work different on each persons scalp. The shampoos that I am finding good are Aussie Luscious Long Shampoo and this new shampoo from Garnier from the delicate oat range.

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My Top Tips for a Healthy Scalp: 

  • Overusing dry shampoo can cause dandruff (I am guilty some weeks of this).
  • Always brush your scalp with a comb before showering. This will lift any excess shampoo on the scalp.
  • It’s all about exfoliating your scalp. Just like you exfoliate your face, you need to remove the dead skin cells from your scalp. The dead skin cells cause the build up. The Kerastase shampoo that I recommended above is great as an exfoliator.
  • Don’t use conditioner on your roots. I use it only on the very ends of my hair, where it is dry.
  • Once a month put in an overnight serum in your hair. Again like your face, your scalp needs moisture and nourishment.
  • If you are blow drying your hair, try not to leave the heat on your scalp for too long. Hold the dryer away from the scalp area.

Specialized Products I want to try:

  • Viviscal have a hair and scalp serum that I have heard great things about. It contains menthol which stimulates cell renewal. Will let you know when I try it out.
  • Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment from Kiehl’s. It’s like a facial for the scalp that gently loosens flaky build-up and stimulates healthy cell turnover on the surface of the scalp.

I hope this post has helped anyone with similar issues like myself. It’s a little bit on the personal side as I get embarrassed about my scalp but I hope it helps at least one other person out. I would love to hear your personal recommendations if you have a similar issue. Leave a comment below or tweet me @k8_kell.

Stay Fabulous,

Love Kate x

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