6 Tips for Caring for a Flaky, Sensitive Scalp

Caring for a flaky and sensitive scalp can be a challenge, but with the right approach and attention, it's possible to soothe the scalp and achieve healthy, hydrated locks. Whether you're dealing with dandruff, dry skin, or itching and irritation, these tips can help you achieve a healthier scalp and alleviate any discomfort.

  1. Keep your scalp clean. Regular shampooing is key to removing any build-up of dead skin cells, oil, and other impurities that can lead to flakiness and itching. Avoid using hot water when washing your hair, as this can strip the scalp of its natural oils, and choose a gentle shampoo, formulated for sensitive scalps. I love Captain Blankenship's Cleanse Shampoo for it's ability to cleanse effectively without over-drying the scalp or hair. 

  2. Avoid harsh chemicals. Harsh chemicals, such as sulfates, can irritate the sensitive skin on your scalp and cause flakiness, itching, and other discomfort. Look for shampoos and conditioners that are free of sulfates, parabens, and other harsh chemicals, and opt for natural and organic products whenever possible (hint: all of the products offered here at The Sunday Standard are free from these types of harsh chemicals!)

  3. Exfoliate your scalp. Regular exfoliation is important for removing dead skin cells, unclogging hair follicles, and promoting healthy hair growth. You can use a gentle scalp cleanse, such as Luna Nectar's Obsidian Scalp Cleanse, or mix equal parts of sugar and olive oil and massage the mixture into your scalp, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.

  4. Use a deep conditioning treatment. A deep conditioning treatment can help hydrate the scalp, reduce flakiness, and soothe any itching or irritation. Look for a treatment that contains natural ingredients, such as argan oil, coconut oil, or tea tree oil, and apply it to your scalp and hair once a week. I love Captain Blankenship's Hair & Scalp Serum for dry, irritated scalps and Luna Nectar's Atmosphere Hair Density & Scalp Serum for those with thinning hair.

  5. Avoid tight hairstyles. Tight hairstyles, such as braids, cornrows, and ponytails, can put a lot of pressure on the scalp, leading to itching and flakiness. Whenever possible, opt for loose hairstyles that don't put pressure on the scalp, and avoid using tight hair ties and elastics.

  6. Protect your scalp from the sun. Just like your skin, your scalp can be damaged by the sun's UV rays. To protect your scalp, wear a hat or use a scarf whenever you're spending time outdoors, and consider using a leave-in treatment that contains SPF.

In conclusion, a flaky and sensitive scalp can be a frustrating and uncomfortable issue, but with the right care and attention, it's possible to soothe and hydrate the scalp, and achieve healthy, beautiful locks. By following these tips, you can keep your scalp healthy, comfortable, and flake-free.

Still have questions, or looking for a product recommendation? Reach out to one of our clean beauty specialists via chat or email; we're always here to help.


with gratitude, Emma

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