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Whether your scalp pain is the result of excessive scratching, or a more sudden onset, answering these questions will help you find the best solution. Say goodbye to scalp pain!


Some scalp conditions that cause irritation can also lead to scalp pain - like infection, a skin allergy or sensitivity, sunburn, psoriasis, or dandruff. It’s not always easy figuring out how or why the pain started, but this is a good place to start.

Understand what’s causing your scalp pain

If you understand the cause, you’re best placed to find a solution. So, let’s get into it.

It can be helpful to observe and take notes of the below over a few days:

  • Where does it hurt? Is the pain in one place, all over your scalp or over various areas?

  • When did the pain start? Was it after a sunburn? Was your hair pulled back tightly in a ponytail or bun? Did you use any new haircare products? Did you recently use hair color or other chemical treatments?

  • You can develop sensitivity to the ingredients in hair color over time. It’s important to perform a skin allergy test following the instructions of any product before every use.

  • Seasonal changes can also make scalp issues flare up. Think back over whether this has happened before.

  • What does your scalp look like? Can you see any discoloration, redness or white patches?

  • Have you noticed other symptoms? You may have noticed flakiness, hair loss or scabbing. If so, write these down in your notes.

Why your scalp hurts

Your skin is a natural barrier that helps keep irritating substances out of your body and, like skin everywhere else on your body, your scalp will let you know when something’s wrong.

Stinging or pain can be a signal that your scalp needs attention.

How to stop scalp pain

If you still don’t have clarity around the cause of your scalp pain after answering the above questions, or if you notice bleeding or scalp scabs, you should consider consulting with a dermatologist.

Like using products to improve your skin tone on your face, you can also act to make your scalp stronger. Head & Shoulders Nourishing Care Shampoo helps protect your scalp from things that can weaken it, like irritants produced by the dandruff-causing microbe, Malassezia globosa.

To find the best dandruff shampoo for you, take a look at our scalp advisor.

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