Sensitive scalp

Other potential triggers: 

  • Physical or emotional stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Allergies and sensitivities (dermatological allergies as well as food allergies and sensitivities)
  • Unhealthy, unbalanced diet
  • Too frequent, overly aggressive brushing

You should take all of these aspects into account when trying to find the possible cause of your sensitive scalp. A small tip: Try keeping a brief hair care diary that documents your hair care regimen, how frequently you wash your hair, the products you use, and the impact of external factors.

Care tips

Care tips for sensitive scalps:

  • Blow-dry hair on low heat – high heat will irritate the scalp and dry it out.
  • Rinse out shampoo and conditioner carefully so as not to distress your sensitive scalp after washing.
  • Try to avoid hairbrushes with metal or plastic bristles. Hard bristles can further irritate your scalp. Brushes with natural bristles are a good alternative. Here's a little tip for the next time you purchase a hairbrush: Carefully run the brush along the back of your hand. If it feels too scratchy, it won't be good for your scalp, either. Instead, you should opt for brushes with soft, rounded bristles or bristles that have round nubs on the tips.
  • If your scalp isn't too sensitive to handle it, treat yourself to a gentle head massage on a regular basis. Gentle massaging movements stimulate the circulation in your scalp.
  • Extensive grooming, daily blow-drying, washing, styling, and colour treatments: good for your overall look, but bad for your hair and scalp! These external factors and procedures cause stress and strain to your sensitive scalp, so the rule of thumb is: Less is more!
  • When combing your hair, avoid using too much pressure or scraping too hard so as not to damage your scalp.
  • If you have a sensitive scalp, you should avoid constantly covering your head, especially on warm days. When your head is covered, your scalp does not receive enough oxygen and quickly starts to sweat. Things that don't usually cause problems for a healthy scalp are even bigger stress factors for a sensitive scalp: The warm, moist climate stimulates the growth of the skin's own bacteria. In the worst case, they can attack the scalp and cause painful infections. Lightweight, breathable materials are a possible alternative.
  • Use hair care products with soothing ingredients that alleviate irritation, such as basis sensitiv Moisture & Care Shampoo and the associated conditioner. They will restore your sensitive scalp's natural equilibrium. Shampoos with mild surfactants and cleansers based on natural ingredients such as coconut oil and sugar provide gentle cleansing for your hair and scalp. Natural ingredients without silicone or mineral oil and with a neutral pH are mild on the skin and good for the environment. To bolster sensitive scalps and restore their natural equilibrium, use products with soothing ingredients that alleviate irritation, like organic almond oil extracts and organic aloe vera.
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