Damaging Effects of Dry Shampoo & 6 Hair Care Products for Sensitive Scalps

The Best hair care for sensitive scalps

Although many haircare products tout their ability to make hair stronger, longer, shinier, less frizzy, etc. many products do nothing to help improve overall scalp health even though the foundation of healthy hair is a healthy scalp.

My Hair Story: The Damaging Effects of Dry Shampoo

During college, I seemed to find article after article telling me how I was damaging my hair by washing it every day. Frequent cleansing was a necessity due to the greasiness of my hair. According to various online outlets I could make myr hair less oily by washing it less, so I attempted to “train” my hair.

I started using dry shampoo in between washes to give my hair the appearance of looking cleaner. While the dry shampoo did make my hair look less greasy, it did nothing to “train” my scalp. Little did I know of the damaging effects of dry shampoo.

The overuse of dry shampoo permanently ruined my scalp.Β Dry shampoo damaged my scalp so bad that my scalp turned bright red, the skin itched uncontrollably, and my hair started to fall out in clumps.

Thankfully, after I stopped using dry shampoo and received some treatment from a dermatologist, my scalp is no longer actively inflamed. Unfortunately, since experiencing the damaging effects of dry shampoo, my scalp has never been the same. What is more disheartening is that my hair is not as thick as it used to be. Also, my scalp is sensitive to most styling products and shampoos.

Over time, I’ve found that clarifying shampoos are the best thing for my scalp because they do a great job in thoroughly stripping the scalp of product gunk. Also, clarifying shampoos don’t leave a residue. However, clarifying shampoos can strip my hair of dyed color and make hair drier and more brittle.

Hair Care Products for Sensitive Scalps

Contrary to popular belief hair care products for sensitive scalps do not need to break the bank. Thankfully, there are hair care products for sensitive scalps at every price point.Β 


Head and Shoulders – Classic Clean Hair Shampoo

Although not the sexiest brand at the drugstore, Head and Shoulders is a tried-and-true brand that is known for being good for individuals with dandruff. The formula reduces oil buildup and helps to prevent flakes from forming. Also, this is a super affordable product.

Neutrogena T-Gel

The Neutrogena T-Gel was one of the first shampoos that truly cleansed my scalp and prevented my stubborn itchiness from returning. This shampoo is formulated specifically for dry, itchy scalps. It is recommended by dermatologists for the those with Dandruff, Seborrheic Dermatitis, and Psoriasis on the scalp for good reason.

This is definitely one of the pricier shampoos at the drug store. Also, the product has a very strong, chemical/medical smell.


Healthy Sexy Hair – Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner

Man, do I love the Healthy Sexy Hair Tri-Wheat Leave-in Conditioner. Not only does it smell great, but it leaves my hair detangled and smooth. I apply this by directly spraying onto my damp hair after showering or by spraying onto my wet brush. My preferred method of application is to spray onto my brush and gently work through my wet hair from ends to roots. This conditioner doesn’t leave a film on my scalp, nor does it weigh my fine hair down.

The Damaging Effects of Dry Shampoo & 6 Hair Care Products for Sensitive Scalps


Lush makes all three of my *holy grail* hair-care products – the Jumping Juniper Bar Shampoo, I Love Juicy Shampoo and Daddy-O.

Jumping Juniper

I lather my Jumping Juniper bar in my hand. Then work the product into the scalp. This is my favorite clarifying shampoo I’ve tried so far. Additionally, this product is great for traveling because it is not a liquid.

That being said, this shampoo bar can make my hair feel like straw. Sometimes, I pre-condition, wash my hair, and then condition the ends of my hair again when using this shampoo. Jumping Juniper can strip color from dyed hair. Above all, my biggest annoyance is that this product is no longer sold in-store (online only).

This product is relatively inexpensive at $10.95, given that bar can last for up to 80 washes. However, Β accidentally leaving the bar soaked in water may waste product.

I Love Juicy

Some people love Lucy, but I Love Juicy. πŸ™‚ This is an awesome shampoo for cleansing the hair without being too harsh. I Love Juicy does not leave any residue and makes my scalp happy.


Despite all my scalp issues, I still love to experiment with color in my hair. At any given point, I am a varied shade of “bronde.” For roughly 2/3 of a year, my hair had cool-toned, silver highlights, so I needed to invest in a purple shampoo for color treated silver and blonde hair.

However, I was nervous given my scalp condition.Β Daddy-O was a great shampoo for cleansing my scalp without stripping my hair of its silvery hues. Out of all the LUSH shampoos I’ve used, this has the most synthetic ingredients.

Although there are quite a few great options on this list, there are still more clarifying shampoos that I want to try. Please let me know in the comments any that you would recommend.

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The Damaging Effects of Dry Shampoo & 6 Hair Care Products for Sensitive Scalps

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What do you think about the damaging effects of dry shampoo? Do you use dry shampoo regularly? What are your favorite hair care products for sensitive scalps?

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