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A sensitive scalp can be a hard thing to control. Itchiness, discomfort and an inflamed scalp can all cause poor scalp hair health. So what’s the best way to look after a sensitive scalp? Here’s some tips thanks to Cosmopolitan on making the most out of your head skin.
1) Switch your shampoo
Shampoos with the surfactants (detergents) sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate (both SLS for short) may be satisfyingly sudsy, but they’re also very drying on the scalp. “They can even cause redness and irritation, especially when they’re not formulated alongside certain ingredients that may neutralise the irritation. Use Davines Naturaltech Calming Shampoo 250ml Shampoo for Sensitive scalp which gently cleanses the hair, soothes and calms sensitive and sensitised scalp. Apply 20 gr. of product to the scalp and emulsify. Massage in lightly. Rinse and repeat application. Rinse thoroughly. The treatment with Calming Shampoo can be repeated any time you wish according to scalp needs. Contains blueberry phytoceutical – strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflamatory action.
2) Give it a rinse
Always finish your shampoo and conditioning session with a cool water rinse – and make it last as long as it takes for all the product to be gone. Which is when your hair is, quite literally, squeaky.
3) Mind the silicones
Silicones do not penetrate the skin, but they form a barrier on your skin or hair that blocks the penetration of other ingredients. Over-use can weigh down hair and potentially suffocate your scalp, which is obviously not great for its health. You’ll find silicones in a lot of smoothing and straightening shampoos, conditioners and serums; look out for any words in the ingredient list ending with –methicone.
4) Don’t get stuck with glue
“Glue or resin-type ingredients (you’ll find them in loads of hairsprays as well as volumising and curl-boosting styling products) may suffocate the scalp as well, if they’re not washed out regularly. Use an SLS-free clarifying shampoo once a week.