The scalp, being an extremely sensitive part of our body, is often unjustly neglected despite the fact that scalp hypersensitivity can cause discomfort, itching, flaking, and even hair loss in severe cases. This issue affects approximately 60% of women and 40% of men, and its causes can be diverse.

One of the main causes of scalp sensitivity can be the use of inadequate scalp care products. Aggressive ingredients in many shampoos can strip away the scalp's natural acidic barrier, which serves as a protective layer for the skin, making it prone to dryness and irritation. Disruption of the skin's natural protective barrier, caused by one or more factors, can lead to microcracks on the scalp, making it even more sensitive to irritations.

Some other causes of scalp sensitivity or pronounced scalp sensitivity include chemicals in cosmetic products and medications, climatic conditions, stress, hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause, and menstrual cycle, or allergies.

Scalp before and after


Understanding the causes of scalp sensitivity is important in order to adjust hair care routines and ensure a healthy scalp. If you have severe scalp issues, it is always advisable to consult a dermatologist for diagnosis and recommended treatment.

In the meantime, you can follow a few simple guidelines to spare your scalp from additional irritations:

  • Follow a gentle hair washing routine: Choosing mild shampoos without aggressive ingredients can be crucial for a sensitive scalp. Avoid products that contain sulfates and parabens as they can cause irritation and dryness.
  • Hydrate the scalp: Just like you moisturize your facial skin, your scalp needs moisture too. Select lightweight moisturizing products or natural oils that will nourish the scalp and keep it healthy.
  • Be mindful of water temperature: Hot water can dry out the scalp and worsen sensitivity. It is recommended to wash or rinse your hair with lukewarm water to avoid irritation and dryness.
  • Limit the use of heat styling tools: Hair dryers, straighteners, or curling irons can damage the scalp and make it even more sensitive. If possible, let your hair air dry naturally or use gentle styling methods.
  • Maintain a balanced diet: Consuming healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins can improve scalp health. Also, drink enough water to maintain hydration and support scalp health.

Caring for a sensitive scalp:



Sensitive scalp requires special care to maintain its health and reduce discomfort. Choosing the right shampoo is the first step towards a healthy scalp. Our Root Cause Hair Retreat is an excellent choice for a reactive scalp. It is formulated without sulfates and lathers mildly, but it is no less effective in cleansing sensitive scalp.

Your scalp will benefit from the soothing effects of ceramides that restore and strengthen the scalp, probiotic ferments that balance the scalp's microbiome, and plant extracts of rice, oats, and cotton that nourish and reduce scalp irritation.

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