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If you ever get an itchy feeling after using a new styling product or having your hair colored, you could have a sensitive scalp. Here’s what to look out for to see if you have a sensitive scalp.


Your scalp is actually the third most common area of the body to experience sensitive skin. There are a whole host of causes too, and if you don’t look after it properly, you could develop more serious problems.

See the causes of sensitive scalp

Think you have a sensitive scalp? Here are the symptoms to look out for:

1. Can’t get rid of the itch
A sensitive scalp may feel constantly itchy – we’re talking the kind of itch that doesn’t subside no matter how much you scratch (but try not to do that – it can actually damage the scalp more!).

2. Tightness similar to dry skin

Many sufferers complain of a feeling of tightness, as though the scalp is seriously lacking moisture and the skin is delicate and could easily break.

It’s very similar to the feeling you get on your hands and face if you suffer from dry skin.

3. Redness and irritation
Keep a close eye on your scalp – if it appears red, it could be a sign of sensitivity.

Your scalp may have an adverse reaction to certain products like hair dye or shampoos containing harsher chemicals. If it does, it tends to react by becoming inflamed and tender.

It might also become inflamed from environmental factors, like heat styling and the weather.

4. The vicious cycle of dandruff
It’s not just harsh chemicals like hair dye your scalp can react to – it may also be more sensitive to the irritants that cause dandruff.

It’s a vicious cycle – as dandruff causes damage to the outer layer of skin cells on the scalp’s surface, it can cause you to scratch more. And the more you scratch, the more damage you do, so it’s a recipe for redness and flakes.

How to treat a sensitive scalp
If you feel you might have a sensitive scalp, consult with your dermatologist for treatment options. For everyday washing, Head& Shoulders Purely Gentle Shampoo is clinically proven to be gentle on the scalp and effective against dandruff irritation.

Its pH-balanced, dye-free, hypoallergenic formula was specially designed for sensitive skin, so you can use it every day.

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