For kids and grown-ups alike, good hair starts with a healthy scalp! If your little one’s scalp is itchy, flaky, or dry, it could be the result of a sensitive scalp. It’s important for every kid to develop a hair care routine that meets their specific needs. For kids with a sensitive scalp, this routine should include gentle and trustworthy products. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get to the “root” of the problem, and make bath time even better.
Signs and Symptoms & Sensitive Scalp
If you’ve ever dealt with snow-like dandruff, you know that it can be hard to rid yourself and/or your child of pesky dry flakes. While dandruff is common among kids, it isn’t the only sign of a sensitive scalp. A sensitive scalp can present through many different symptoms, and could be caused by a variety of different things.
Symptoms of a sensitive scalp:
- Inflammation of the scalp
- Flaky and itchy skin at the hairline
- Redness or skin irritation
- Dry scalp
So, what causes a sensitive scalp? In many cases, a sensitive scalp can naturally occur in children, and similar to all dry skin on the body, a dry and sensitive scalp is common among kids of all ages. Fortunately, there are a plethora of remedies to help soothe your little one’s scalp.
Remedies for Sensitive Scalp
When it comes to combating a sensitive scalp, here are three easy and effective ways to help.
Add Moisture From The Inside Out
Adding moisture to the hair starts with a healthy diet, and it is likely no surprise that the best natural moisturizer is water! It’s possible that your kiddo’s skin dryness is a result of dehydration. Before you get to any cleansing products, begin with inside-out hydration. Staying hydrated is the skin’s first natural line of defense against dryness and sensitivity, so make sure your kiddo is drinking lots of water!
Use Products with Natural Ingredients
Oftentimes, the source of our skin sensitivities is the skincare, cleansing and beauty products we use. Look at the label on your kid’s hair care products — parabens, sulfates, and even formaldehyde could be lurking in plain sight. These harmful ingredients are all too common, even in “kid-friendly” products. They can strip away natural oils, and leave the scalp feeling raw and dry.
Choosing hair care products with natural ingredients could help. Essential oils such as tea tree and lavender, soy, kiwi and rosemary extracts, and Vitamin B5 are all excellent examples of natural ingredients that calm sensitivity and provide safe and gentle moisture.
Develop a Consistent, Healthy Hair-Care Routine
Did you know that it’s possible for your kiddo’s hair to be too clean? If you’re washing your little one’s hair every single day, this may also be contributing to their sensitive scalp. Important natural oils build on the scalp over time, and washing too frequently can strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils.
To prevent over-washing, find a consistent hair-care routine that works for you and your little one. 2-3 days between washes (or sometimes longer for curly hair), is the best way to maintain a healthy and balanced scalp. Find the shampoo and conditioner that works best for your kiddo, and begin your clean hair routine!
Hair Care Routine for Sensitive Scalp
Here are a few of our favorite safe and natural products that are gentle on sensitive scalps.
SoCozy 3-in-1 (Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash)
SoCozy’s combination Body Wash, Shampoo, and Conditioner makes bath time a breeze! This gentle product is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic colors, and other harsh chemicals. The great-smelling formula contains Vitamin B5 to repair and nurture the hair, Kiwi Extract which moisturizes the hair and scalp, and Keratin for smoothness and strength! SoCozy’s products are nut-free, gluten-free, and non-toxic for kids with additional sensitivities. The convenient 3-in-1 formula assures all-over cleanliness, and saves you time and tears!
SoCozy Sensitive Styling Foam
This product is a life-saver for sensitive scalps! SoCozy’s Sensitive Styling Foam adds softness and bounce to hair, without any of the buildup that can cause flaking and dryness. The foam provides a natural-looking hold without disrupting the balance of a sensitive scalp. It features rosemary extract to stimulate the scalp, as well as soy protein for softness and volume. Simply pump the foam, and apply evenly through damp hair.
SoCozy Detangler & Leave-in Conditioner
If you’ve ever worked to detangle your kid’s hair, you know that tangles and scalp sensitivities don’t go well together. Avoid the tugging, and make the detangling process painless with SoCozy’s Detangler & Leave-in Conditioner. The Detangler works in seconds, providing sensitive scalps with a quick reprieve from knots and leaving hair smooth and easy to manage. Spray generously and then gently comb through damp hair to detangle. The kiwi extract and keratin in the product make it a great leave-in conditioner, moisturizing the hair and scalp all day long!
SoCozy Swim 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner, Wash
For your little swimmer, you need a shampoo and conditioner that will protect and repair against chlorine. Chlorine is notorious for drying out hair and skin --- so if your child has a sensitive scalp and swims regularly, it’s important to take extra care. SoCozy’s Swim 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner, Wash is a convenient all-encompassing product that features activated charcoal, a compound that naturally removes chlorine and green tones from the hair. The formula also includes Jojoba oil for strengthening and protection, and coffee seed extract for softness.
SoCozy Swim Leave-In Conditioner
Add even more moisture into your swimmer’s hair routine! SoCozy’s Swim Leave-In Conditioner is formulated to protect and repair hair from harmful pool chemicals. It’s infused with beeswax and jojoba oil to prevent chlorine damage, and features a fresh and fabulous vanilla-lime scent!
Avoid tears and bath time fears by developing a solid hair care regime for kids with sensitive scalps. Hydration, a consistent hair care routine, and safe and natural hair products are great must-dos for maintaining a healthy scalp. And, as we know, a healthy scalp is the foundation to a healthy head of hair! SoCozy’s gentle products cleanse and moisturize without disrupting the scalp’s natural balance. From shampoo to styling foam, your kiddo’s head health will be in tip top shape with SoCozy.