For people with sensitive scalp, an itch can’t simply be stopped by a scratch, it is often a prolonged uncomfortable feeling that leads to soreness and burning sensations.

Any  internal or external factor could cause sensitive scalps to flare up, such as stress, pollution or a sudden illness. While these triggers are nearly impossible to avoid, some changes in your daily routine could help reduce the itchiness.

Check out our tried-and-tested methods (and products) that can soothe your sensitive scalp!

1. Wash with cool water

If you’re out-and-about most of the time and tend to sweat quite a bit (which, in our hot and humid weather is unavoidable!), it’s important to wash your scalp regularly to get rid of irritants and excess oil. Make sure you lower down the water heater, too – using cool/room temperature water to wash your hair is much better and more soothing for your scalp.

2. Avoid harsh chemicals in your shampoo

If possible, find a shampoo that is pH-neutral and doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that could suffocate your scalp, such as sulfates and parabens.

Sebamed Everyday Shampoo

I personally prefer organic or natural shampoos – although they tend to be slightly more expensive, I’ve found it to be a worthwhile investment to get an itch-free scalp!

Lush Soak and Float Shampoo Bar

Aveda Scalp Benefits™ Balancing Shampoo

Christophe Robin
Hydrating Shampoo Bar with Aloe Vera

3. Be gentle with your scalp

Minimise your usage of a blow dryer, especially when your scalp is acting out, as the heat will only irritate it further. After a hair wash, pat your hair dry with a towel or better, let it ‘air dry’ naturally.

4. Moisturise with oil or mask

Sensitive skin needs regular moisturising, and that includes your scalp, too. Diluted tea tree oil or olive oil has healing properties that can help soothe and relieve persistent itching. Massage it onto your scalp and leave it for about 20 minutes. You can also purchase scalp masks that specifically address scalp issues and apply them every two weeks. Do remember to rinse it off thoroughly with shampoo afterwards!

Lush Superbalm

Sachajuan Scalp Treatment

If you’ve tried other methods or products that have really helped calm your scalp, do share them with us over at Twitter @tictweets!

P/S All the products above are available at pharmacies or beauty stores in Malaysia, except for Lush. For now, the nearest cities with Lush stores are Bangkok and Singapore, unfortunately!