Scalp Pain: Tips And Tricks To Put An End To Hair Pain
How to stop having hair pain?
Scalp pain is manifested by various symptoms, not really pleasant. Between good reflexes and products to use, we give you the keys to say goodbye to this problem.
Have you ever had hair pain? Be careful, we are not talking about a general malaise that you may feel the day after an evening when you have (a little) abused alcoholic beverages, but of this feeling of pain in the top of the skull, at the root. This scalp ailment can manifest itself in different ways: redness, itching, irritation, tingling, unpleasant touch...
What are the reasons for this sensitivity? How to recognize if it is punctual pain or a disease for which it is necessary to consult a doctor? What are the solutions available to us to relieve these ailments and find a healthy scalp? Between good reflexes and effective treatments, here are our tips to say goodbye to scalp pain!
Painful scalp: symptoms and causes
The causes of dryness and sensitivity of the scalp are multiple and depend on internal and external factors.
- Age and hormonal stress. It is thus possible to feel itching when you get older, but also in periods of hormonal changes. Certain skin conditions such as psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis also promote scalp sensitivity (as does having dry or sensitive skin) and the appearance of dandruff, which is often accompanied by irritation. Alopecia, a dermatological disorder manifested by significant hair loss, can be accompanied by pain in the scalp.
- Stress and pollution accentuate dryness at the root, as do extreme weather conditions (very cold or very hot). It is usually felt more at the end of the day when muscle and nervous tension is at its peak.
- As for external factors, the first causes are the use of aggressive or irritating hair care products, in particular shampoo or certain colorings (or bleaching), and the regular use of heating accessories such as hair dryers or curling irons, which may cause inflammation of the hair follicle. Washing your hair too often can unbalance the natural pH of the scalp and make it more sensitive to daily aggressions.
- Conversely, having dirty hair is also a factor that can promote irritation. Let it be said: you risk nothing if you skip a shampoo from time to time. But experts are adamant that sebum does not mix well with Malassezia Globosa, a microorganism naturally present in the scalp. This fungus feeds on sebum and proliferates, causing redness, irritation, and itching and causing the acceleration of cell renewal, with the appearance of dandruff. And who says greasy hair often says using dry shampoo, which is not necessarily recommended because its residues can be irritating if they accumulate. Better to use it occasionally and aim for the roots rather than the scalp itself.
- Another cause of scalp sensitivity that we do not necessarily think of: high and very tight hairstyles such as a high ponytail or bun (you know, this kind of hairstyle that we like to do to camouflage a little dirty hair... ). The position is not natural for the hair which is subjected to strong pressure from the elastic and its own weight. It pulls at the root and it's usually when undoing the hairstyle that it's going to be unpleasant.
What to do when you have scalp pain?
The good news is that solutions exist. They depend on the severity of the symptoms you observe and the cause(s) you can identify (for example, if you feel itchy since using a particular shampoo or during a period of high stress). In the case of occasional pain, a good reflex is to gently massage the scalp when washing: this stimulates blood circulation and eliminates toxins. Swap your usual shampoo for a gentle cleansing treatment or even a baby shampoo.
Rinse well to prevent care residue from stagnating on the scalp. Avoid scratching, you risk accentuating the pain. If you have dandruff, you can use a scalp scrub to help remove dead skin. But beware: if the star product of recent months has the wind in its sails, experts recommend not using it more than once or twice a month and always with gentle gestures, at the risk of attacking the scalp… and creating inflammation!
If the problem is recurrent or the pain worries you, do not hesitate to seek the advice of a dermatologist: this skin specialist will be able to make a diagnosis on your feelings, give you advice, and guide you on the products to use. In the case of skin diseases such as seborrheic dermatitis or alopecia, he will be able to prescribe an effective treatment.
How to keep a healthy scalp?
We can never say it enough: a healthy scalp is also the guarantee of having beautiful hair. Because the hair is only alive at the root, in the hair follicle. In case of inflammation, the hair fiber grows while being weakened, and in the long term, it can only be sensitized more.
The right reflexes to adopt?
- Choose hair products (shampoos and treatments) adapted to your hair type, favoring gentle and sulfate-free formulas.
- Gently massage your hair when washing, without rubbing or scratching the scalp.
- Limit the use of hairdryers and heated styling tools.
- Do not pull on your hair while styling it, this weakens the root.
- If you like high, pulled hairstyles, try to do them no more than twice a week and never sleep in them. The rest of the time, opt for low and less tight hairstyles.