6 Reasons that Might Explain Your Sore Scalp

· May 15, 2018

We all know that the scalp covers and protects our head. It’s composed of blood vessels, skin, hair follicles, and hair. Because of its multiple layers, it can act as both a physical barrier and a heat insulator, protecting your immune system.

However, your scalp is your body’s most exposed area and is vulnerable to different health issues. Fortunately, there are solutions.

Maybe you have constant soreness, pain or sensitivity in your scalp, even without having had your hair tied up all day. If you’ve ever wondered what a sore scalp might mean and how to treat it, you’ll find all the answers you’re looking for here. We hope it’s helpful!

What causes scalp sensitivity?

A sore scalp and hair loss.

Your scalp is loaded with nerve endings located in the root of hair follicles. Although they’re in charge of protecting your head, they’re quite sensitive.

Some of the reasons for sensitivity are the following:

1. Unbalanced diet

Eating an unbalanced diet leaves you lacking in the vitamins and minerals you need to nourish your scalp.

Not eating right makes you more vulnerable to conditions such as:


  • Sensitivity
  • Hair loss
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis

To avoid them, eat a proper diet and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Doing so will give your scalp the strength that it needs, and it takes minimal effort.

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2. Harsh shampoo

Shampoo is one of the main culprits of a sensitive scalp. Shampoos use aggressive cleansers as a base, which can wash away part of the protective layer on the scalp.

When this protective layer washes away, cells get inflamed and more vulnerable to dryness and irritation. Other possible factors might include the chemicals in hair products, soaps, water and certain drugs.

Look for neutral, gentle shampoos, as they contain lower quantities of aggressive cleansers. They will leave you with clean hair and a healthy scalp.

3. Exposure to the weather

Brushing wet hair.

Exposure to the sun, rain, heat, wind and even pollution can have an impact on your scalp. If you want to protect it, put a hat on before leaving your house. A hat is an easy way to keep your scalp healthy.

4. Stress

Stressful life situations will have an impact on your scalp and hair health. Take a breather when you can and distract yourself with something enjoyable. Doing so won’t just help you with your scalp problem, but it will also be relaxing.

5. Don’t tie your hair back

Brushing blond hair.

Every time you tie back your hair, chances are you’ll just tangle it and hurt your scalp. Tying your hair back won’t just lead to hair loss over time, but your scalp will also feel much more sensitive.

In light of this, don’t always pull your hair back. Give your scalp a rest, especially at night. Leaving your hair down is the best way to go. If you have to put it up, tie it loosely and don’t pull too much.

We recommend that you read: 6 Natural Oils for Healthy Hair Growth

6. Hair dryers and straighteners

Avoid hair dryers and straighteners whenever possible! Using them frequently is very bad for your scalp. As a substitute, use styling creams that don’t require any heat.

7. Additional advice

Taking a shower and having a head massage.

If you’re looking for a healthier, stronger scalp, use natural oils and hair masks with nutrients that it desperately needs. Some examples are the following:

  • Argan, coconut, avocado and castor oil.
  • Hair masks that include vitamins B7, E and C.

You also might be interested in trying out the following:

  • Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day is enormously good for your overall health.
  • Regularly massaging your scalp will stimulate blood circulation, relieve soreness and strengthen it, all at the same time.

If you’ve already tried everything we’ve suggested in our post, speak with your dermatologist. They can run tests to identify the problem and prescribe appropriate treatment.