The Best Shampoos for a Sensitive Scalp

Scalp issues are relatively common. Certain shampoo ingredients can either exacerbate or relieve an irritated scalp. Here's what to look for in a scalp-soothing shampoo.

Scalp issues are relatively common, especially when you’re frequently styling or like to try tons of new products. Certain ingredients can soothe the scalp, however, and those are the ingredients you want in your shampoo.

The ideal ingredients list on a scalp-calming shampoo won't include sulphates. Because sulphates can be potentially drying, you don’t want them anywhere near a sensitive scalp.


The Best Shampoos for a Sensitive Scalp


What you do want to see are loads of light oils, hydrators, and botanical ingredients meant to calm and nourish the scalp. Let’s check out some examples of these shampoos.

Kérastase Specifique Bain Vital Dermo-Calm

This shampoo from Kérastase is ideal for anyone dealing with a sensitive, raw scalp. Loaded with Calophyllum oil, other plant oils, and soothing botanicals, this shampoo is made specifically to soothe irritation.

Bain Vital Dermo-Calm is also sulphate-free, and though sulphates aren't necessarily harmful, as we mentioned above, you don’t want any potential irritants in the mix.

Green People Irritated Scalp Shampoo for Normal/Oily Hair

This shampoo is an ideal choice for anyone with a sensitive AND somewhat greasy scalp. Irritated Scalp Shampoo contains pineapple to help remove build-up and keep your scalp free of any lingering gunk.

This shampoo also contains rosemary, which is an incredibly soothing botanical that has great toning benefits for the hair and scalp.


The Best Shampoos for a Sensitive Scalp


Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

This shampoo, specifically formulated to relieve scalp irritation, is ideal if you struggle with dandruff in addition to general sensitivity. The product's comprehensive formula includes not only rosemary to soothe and tone but also ginger and salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and increase blood flow to the scalp.

Scalp Shampoo helps to not only calm irritation but also balance the scalp, which is super-important when dandruff is involved.

APIVITA Shampoo for Sensitive Scalp

This shampoo is a great choice if you prefer mostly natural, botanical ingredients. This formula contains loads of amazing soothing ingredients: lavender, honey, calendula, and chamomile.

Honey helps kill any bacteria present and locks moisture in. Lavender, calendula, and chamomile are proven skin-soothers, so you’re in a great place with this one for a particularly irritated scalp.

If shampoo isn't enough to relieve your irritated scalp, check out some of the targeted treatments we have available:

Sometimes a problem can’t be cracked with shampoo alone—especially if you don’t wash your hair every day. Best of luck with your scalp troubles. We’re always here to help!


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