Table of Contents
- How to Treat a Sunburn on Your Scalp
- How to Prevent Sunburn on Your Scalp (Without Messing Up Your Hair)
- Why a Bald Spot Sunburn Is the Worst Sunburn
- I Got Blisters From a Sunburn. What Should I Do?
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen, SPF 100+ ($9)
- Banana Boat Sport Performance Quik Dri Scalp Spray Sunscreen, SPF 30 ($7)
- Supergoop! Poof Part Powder, SPF 45 ($34)
- Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen, SPF 35 ($34)
- 7 Easy Ways to Avoid a Sunburned Scalp This Summer
- FOR SUPER-HIGH SPF PROTECTION
- A NON-GREASY SPRAY
- THE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
- THE AFFORDABLE OPTION
- THE MINERAL POWDER
- BEST FOR THINNING HAIR
- THE GOOD OL’ SUNHAT
- What is Bleach Burn on Scalp?
- Treat your scalp burn
How to Treat a Sunburn on Your Scalp
Recognizing a Sunburned Scalp
Much like a sunburn on any other part of your body, the first sign of a sunburn is redness. In just 2 to 6 hours after sun exposure, the scalp might itch, sting, or flake. With severe burns, fever or chills may also occur.
There are more risks with sunburned scalps than just angry red skin. Sunburns can increase risks of skin cancer. Other risks include skin growths, suppression of the immune system, premature aging, and hair loss. You can prevent all these scenarios by wearing UV-protectant products on your skin, face, and hair when in direct sun exposure.
So Your Scalp Is Red
While avoiding a sunburned scalp is always your best option, Dorin knows how to treat a sunburn. He recommends using a gentler shampoo that is sulfate-free with cool water, followed by a natural conditioner that contains 18-MEA and not dimethicone. Avoid using your hair dryer or heating tools until the scalp has healed and blot, don’t rub, with a soft towel. You can also apply aloe vera to soothe and moisturize the burnt areas and take ibuprofen to ease pain. Several brands offer after-sun hair products that can restore moisture and strengthen damaged locks.
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer a hat, a new style, or protectant sprays, the important thing is to protect your scalp—and the rest of your skin—from getting sunburned this summer.
How to Prevent Sunburn on Your Scalp (Without Messing Up Your Hair)
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If your hair is on the oily side, try tapping a powered sunscreen on exposed areas instead, says Dorin. We like Peter Thomas Roth’s Instant Mineral SPF 45 ($30; sephora.com). It comes with a convenient brush applicator and won’t spill all over your beach bag. Plus, it’ll double as a finishing powder when your makeup gets shiny.
But if you’re looking to fight frizz, a product like Guardian Sun Protection for Hair and Scalp by Tela Beauty Organics ($32; nordstrom.com) might be your new BFF. The UV-fighting formula hydrates parched hair and will prevent it from fluffing up in the humidity.
Of course, if you do happen to burn your scalp, Dorin has a couple suggestions for that, too. Be sure to wash in warm or cool water with a moisturizing shampoo (we like Marula’s Weightless Moisture Shampoo, $28; sephora.com, which gently cleanses and nourishes), he says. Then, saturate your roots with aloe vera to calm and soothe.
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Why a Bald Spot Sunburn Is the Worst Sunburn
Any man who’s enjoyed a sunny summer day without the protection of a full head of hair, hat, or sunscreen has also probably endured the fiery, flakey, itchy pain of a sunburned bald spot. In fact, dermatologists agree that a bald spot might be the easiest place to get sunburned. Simultaneously a bald spot may also be the most difficult to protect and, later, heal. In other words, the sun is truly a bald man’s ultimate nemesis.
“Your head is in the direct path of sun rays, and therefore it is more exposed to their harmful effects,” dermatologist Dr. Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin says. “As the skin on the scalp gets routinely exposed to the sun it gets thinner, with weaker and weaker immune and regenerative functions. That makes it more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation.”
Hair has always functioned as a natural form of SPF, protecting skin from ultraviolet rays. That’s why mustaches and beards can protect men from certain forms of skin cancer, and probably why the hairiest guy at the beach seems to be the most carefree. However, even partial hair loss leaves men’s scalps more vulnerable to sunburn because protecting it with sunscreen is less intuitive than other parts of the body. And even when men are more vigilant with sunblock, they often sweat more on their heads than the rest of their bodies and don’t realize the need to reapply it more frequently. While hats do offer protection, they’re easy to remove on a hot sunny day without realizing the risks. And once that hat is off, it only takes 15 minutes to get scorched.
If it seems like a bald spot sunburn takes longer to heal, that’s because it does. Skin regenerates with stem cells, which are found in hair follicles. No hair? No follicles, which makes it harder to recover from a sunburned scalp.
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“The balding scalp has fewer hair follicles and therefore fewer stem cells — making it harder to restore after any kind of insult, including sunburns,” Tonkovic-Capin explains.
It’s important to note that anyone can get sunburned on their scalp, even with hair, but the more hair a person has the lower the risk is. And since people tend to have the most hair when they’re kids, men don’t learn to worry about protecting their scalps from the sun until they’re adults, typically after they’ve been burned.
“We are creatures of habit and we form them early in our childhood. Almost all of us have a full head of hair in childhood, and we simply do not need to put any sunscreen on it,” Tonkovic-Capin says “Therefore the habit of protecting the scalp has not been entrenched in our minds, and we simply neglect it.”
The good news for men who are just balding is that sunburn won’t contribute to any further hair loss. The bad news for balding men is that they might be more vulnerable than men who are completely bald because it’s easier for bald men to put sunblock on their heads, dermatologist Dr. Susan Bard adds.
“Many men don’t apply sunscreen to their scalps, especially if they’re thinning rather than completely bald. The hair gets in the way of sunscreen application,” she says.
Tonkovic-Capin agrees that bald spot sunburn is even worse for balding men than totally bald men because they often haven’t acclimated or even accepted that they’re losing their hair.
“When men start to bald, we are in a sort of denial which makes protecting the scalp even harder to remember,” he says.
The best thing men can do to prevent burning their bald spots is accept the fact that they are losing their hair and take the proper precautions — like wearing sunscreen as well as a hat and avoiding direct sun exposure in shaded areas. That’s especially true between 10 a.m and 4 p.m., when the sun is the strongest.
Importantly, sun protection is not just to avoid the pain of sunburn and discomfort of peeling. Sun exposure and burns increase the risk of skin cancer. Avoiding cancer is worth a little hat-head and lotion in your thinning locks.
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I Got Blisters From a Sunburn. What Should I Do?
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I got a bad sunburn on my shins about a week ago. It seemed like it was healing, but today I noticed blisters on my legs. They’re clearish white on the top, and the fluid inside is clear. My whole shins are giant clear blisters (or hundreds of tiny blisters). I tried putting aloe gel on it. What should I do?
Blisters like the ones you have are a sign that a sunburn is serious. The blisters don’t always show up right away. They may develop hours after a sunburn or take longer to appear.
If you have a fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting, severe blistering or pain, call your doctor’s office or a health clinic.
If you have blisters with no other problems, here’s how to care for them:
- Don’t pop or pick them. Blisters protect the skin underneath as they heal. If they get peeled off, the skin can get infected.
- Cool the burn. Use cold compresses off and on or take a quick shower or bath with cool water.
- If the burn is painful, take ibuprofen. Follow the package instructions for dosing.
- It’s OK to use a moisturizer or aloe gel on the blisters. Avoid petroleum jelly or other heavy products, though, because they prevent heat or sweat from escaping.
- Protect your skin from sun while it’s healing from the burn. Your skin will be tender, and more sun will only make things worse. If you need to go out in the sun, wear long, loose skirts or pants to cover the blisters until they’re gone. Wear sunscreen after the blisters have healed. Don’t use tanning beds.
- Drink extra water to help prevent dehydration.
Sunburns get better on their own, but they still affect your health. Each time you get a blistering sunburn, it damages skin cells and increases your chance of developing skin cancer. That’s especially true if you get sunburns as a kid or teen. So promise yourself you’ll be sun smart from now on. (And, if your sunburn is serious, see a doctor or nurse.)
Whenever you’re outdoors, wear a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen (meaning it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply it often if you’re on the beach, at the pool, or anywhere you might swim or sweat it off.
Want a tan? You can fake it with a sunless self-tanner, but self-tanners on their own don’t protect you from UVA rays. So wear sunscreen too.
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Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD Date reviewed: November 2019
We’re all for the summer buzz cut. It’s cool (literally) and rebellious, the perfect way to take a load off your dome when the weather makes its transition from balmy to downright oppressive. And a little more than a little off the top is a look that’s both timeless and somehow incredibly on trend. Just look at any of these guys—if they’re not proof enough that a buzz cut can look sharp as hell, whether you’re suited, at the beach, or anywhere in between, then we don’t know what is.
And yet, as low-maintenance as the ’do might appear, there is at least one new matter you need to take into consideration: your scalp. Previously shielded by a thick layer of locks, the skin covering the bulk of your skull is now all of a sudden exposed to the light of day, and if you don’t provide it with the requisite protection, things can go downhill, and quick. (Think burning, flaking, and all manner of other sun-related ailments.) Here, five scalp-ready sunscreens to ensure your newly shorn head doesn’t suffer this summer.
Don’t let the name concern you: Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray won’t leave you at all greasy. Designed to equally shield skin and hair with its dry oil formula, it’ll protect what’s left of your locks as well as the scalp beneath them.
$36, available at macys.com
Sink or Swim
Originally crafted for the U.S. Synchronized Swim Team, this beach-ready leave-in conditioner will keep your scalp sunburn-free, while also protecting your hair from the crappy side effects of chlorine and salt water.
$32, available at amazon.com
No More Shine
Worried about slathering any more polish to your dome? That’s where mineral sunscreens come in. Applied with an easy brushstroke, these matte powders fight off UV rays sans added moisture.
$30, available at sephora.com
Even if you only have half an inch of hair, a touch of product won’t hurt to keep your buzz looking its best. Enter Sachajuan Hair in the Sun styling creme, which finishes your style and protects your scalp at the same time.
$32, available at theline.com
Buzz cut a little on the longer side? Then maybe you’re in the market for more hold. In which case, there’s this stuff, made to keep everything in place while guarding your head skin.
$28, available at amazon.com
Sunscreen is our most important skin-care product. Our parents weren’t dabbing cream onto our under eyes or mixing serums into our baby lotions, they were slathering us in sunscreen any time the sun even thought about peaking through the clouds. And while (hopefully) this skin-protective habit followed us into adulthood, it’s time to tweak our routines. Because many of us missed a spot—our scalps.
Though your scalp is mostly covered with hair and quite literally never sees the light of day, you shouldn’t ignore it. From scrubs to serums, scalp care is on the rise, and sunscreen brands are joining the party. Preliminary research has found prolonged sun exposure may be tied to hair damage, and Dominic Burg, PhD, trichologist (read: scalp expert) and chief scientist at Évolis Professional, says UV damage on the scalp (which can happen with or without getting sunburn FWIW) can lead to inflammation. This may disrupt the hair cycle, AKA the pattern for hair growth and regeneration.
“When the hair cycle is interrupted, the main thing that happens is the growth phase is shortened,” Dr. Burg says. “A short growth phase means less hair growing, more hair resting and more falling, and as this cycle of dysfunction progresses, hair quality decreases, and follicles eventually stop being able to regenerate a new hair, resulting in hair loss and hair thinning.” Burg adds that hair that isn’t growing optimally may also lose its natural wave or curl, may appear drier, and may not hold color or treatments as well.
But before you start applying sunscreen on your scalp daily, according to derms, you only need to worry about this kind of intense sun exposure if you’re spending a ton of time in the sun, say, on a beach vacay. One reason scalps are so vulnerable to the sun is that they are usually protected from it by hair and may not have built up any tolerance. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, a Miami-based dermatologist, says this is especially true if you’re changing your part, wearing french braids or Senegalese twists, exposing bits of scalp that are essentially virgin skin. “It’s almost like if you were tanning your bottom,” explains Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. “You’re going from zero sun exposure to full sun exposure so your scalp can definitely burn.”
To protect your scalp from sun rays, Dr. Woolery-Lloyd says donning a hat is your best bet. But, if a hat doesn’t fit into your desired beach day aesthetic, you have options. Crystal Aguh, MD, a Maryland-based dermatologist, says you can apply your normal, spray-on body sunscreen to your scalp.
Spray-on sunscreens tend to be made of chemical blockers, so they won’t leave behind the ghastly white tinge that’s common of physical blockers. The downside is that because they’re aerosols, they’ll probably contain alcohols that aren’t great for you hair. For this reason, Dr. Aguh says you should only use them when you’re getting prolonged sun exposure and to wash them out when you’re done. “Occasional use of the spray-on sunscreen so you don’t get a sunburn, which is painful, it’s okay if it means that it has some ingredients that are not necessarily super appealing for the overall quality of your hair,” says Dr. Aguh.
Dr. Woolery-Lloyd adds that for her some of those ingredients are a deal breaker. “My hair is chemically straightened,” she says. “I don’t want an alcohol-based liquid because it’s going to really dry out my hair.” She recommends an SPF product that contains oils, providing protection while also moisturizing your scalp. Here, some of the best bets in the game.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen, SPF 100+ ($9)
Kill two birds with one stone and spray this sunscreen on your scalp and body. It’s streak free so you won’t have to worry about spraying your hair white, but it contains alcohols, so you may want to avoid if you have dry hair. Because it wasn’t necessarily created with hair in mind, it comes out a bit thick; so if you’re worried about weighing down your hair, test out a small section first.
Photo: Banana Boat
Banana Boat Sport Performance Quik Dri Scalp Spray Sunscreen, SPF 30 ($7)
This spray is great because 1) it’s only $7 and 2) it comes out as a fine mist that won’t weight down your hair. But, because it comes out thin, be sure to spray liberally to get adequate protection. Again, be wary of this alcohol-based product if you’re worried about drying out your hair.
Supergoop! Poof Part Powder, SPF 45 ($34)
Because it’s straight zinc oxide, this powder provides great sun protection. It’s also free of damaging alcohols and silicones. It comes in a “spray” bottle that more or less shoots out a pile of product, so use a light touch or even do a trial spray before heading straight for your part. Keep in mind that this powder has a chalky beige tinge so you may want to avoid it if you’re a brunette or have a deeper complexion.
Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen, SPF 35 ($34)
This sheer face SPF is also great for your scalp. It comes out looking like a bit like vaseline, but it isn’t greasy and disappears into your skin when you rub it in. It’s alcohol and paraben free and has a pleasantly subtle orange scent.
You’re probably not wearing enough sunscreen. Here’s exactly how much you should apply and the spots you don’t want to miss.
7 Easy Ways to Avoid a Sunburned Scalp This Summer
You’ve buffed and sloughed your body to smithereens in preparation for the world’s best tan. Then you covered yourself from head-to-toe in sunscreen, careful not to miss one underarm nook or between-the-toes cranny. Then you headed outside and soaked up some beloved sun. Then you got home, and um, why is your head hurting?
THE DREADED SCALP SUNBURN! It’s happened to all of us, and when it does, holy mother of sunshine, does it hurt. And let’s not even talk about the aftermath (a thick, peeling scalp will haunt us forever). So, what are we to do? Well, we need to add one more “to do” to our pre-tanning prep. And that comes in the form of scalp protection.
Below we’ve rounded up seven tried-and-true products that will guard your part line if you’re rocking a severe ponytail (or ballerina buns like my four-year-old daughter does!), or your whole head if you’ve got thinner hair. While a sunhat is probably your best bet—we get it, sometimes you just want your cheeks to be sun-kissed. No judgments, here! Our favorite part? All of the below products are dry and/or non-greasy, meaning you won’t have to suffer from a bad hair day just to ensure your scalp is A-OK. Now that’s something we can raise a glass to.
FOR SUPER-HIGH SPF PROTECTION
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body
BUY FROM: Sephora, $36
A NON-GREASY SPRAY
Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30
BUY FROM: Sephora, $36
THE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
Nios SPF 15 Leave-In Conditioner
BUY FROM: Amazon, $26
THE AFFORDABLE OPTION
Banana Boat Sport Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 Quick Dri
BUY FROM: Jet.com, $6.82
THE MINERAL POWDER
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45
BUY FROM: Sephora, $45
BEST FOR THINNING HAIR
Nioxin System 2 Scalp Treatment SPF 15
BUY FROM: Ulta, $40
THE GOOD OL’ SUNHAT
Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Beach Hat
BUY FROM: Amazon, $49.50
Sunburns are common and so is the mild itching and pain that may accompany them. But for certain people, a healing sunburn can turn into a temporarily unrelenting nightmare that’s appropriately nicknamed “hell’s itch.” Though it may seem like a comical name, the symptoms it causes are anything but funny.
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So what the heck is it? “Hell’s itch is this deep, painful, almost throbbing, itch that happens one to three days after a sunburn, often on the upper back and shoulders,” says dermatologist Melissa Piliang, MD. Online sufferers have described their experiences as feeling “like fire ants are biting you under your skin,” “wanting to rip your skin off,” or “an uncontrollable itch that, when scratched, causes stabbing pain.” The symptoms seem to come in waves and typically relent within 48 hours.
Hell’s itch appears to only affect a small percentage of people. “Anyone who has a sunburn could get it, but it seems to be more common in fair-skinned people and people who have been at higher altitudes where the sun is more intense, like in the mountains,” Dr. Piliang says.
It’s unclear exactly why hell’s itch happens, but it may be due to damage in the nerve endings at the site of your burn, triggering an overreaction. It seems to happen more often with severe sunburns.
Cooling the fires of hell’s itch
Most cases of hell’s itch can be treated at home, but “if you have blisters over a large area of your body, fever, chills, dizziness or confusion, you should see a doctor,” Dr. Piliang says.
She suggests these at-home remedies to relieve your symptoms:
- Use ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen for pain and inflammation.
- Take an antihistamine like diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) or fexofenadine (Allegra®) to reduce itching.
- Wet a towel or washcloth in cool water and place it on your burn to help pain and itching. Repeat as desired.
- Apply one percent hydrocortisone cream for itching. Avoid ointments as these seal in heat.
- Try soaking in an oatmeal bath to soothe itchy skin.
- Keep yourself well hydrated since sunburns leach fluid from the rest of your body. Water is best, but an electrolyte-replenishing sports drink may be helpful too.
- “Be really careful not to scratch the itch because it doesn’t relieve it at all and often makes it worse,” says Dr. Piliang. “You can also create tears in your skin that can be a portal of entry for bacteria and could lead to infection.”
How to prevent it in the first place
If you develop hell’s itch once, you can get it again simply because it’s a risk for anyone with a sunburn. The only way to prevent it is avoid getting a sunburn. Here are Dr. Piliang’s sunscreen tips:
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 whenever you’re outdoors for any length of time. “Broad-spectrum means it protects against UVA and UVB rays,” says Dr. Piliang.
- Look for water-resistant sunscreens. “This means it’s less likely to come off if it gets wet in water or from sweating,” she says. Water-resistant doesn’t mean waterproof; you still need to reapply as the label directs.
- Whether you use a cream, gel, spray, stick or lotion is up to you. “Whichever one you’ll use is the right choice,” says Dr. Piliang.
- Look into sun protection clothing. “It can protect even better than sunscreen because you don’t have to reapply it,” she says. Keep in mind that you’ll still need sunscreen on exposed areas of skin.
- Get in the habit of putting sunscreen on every day. This can be as simple as a light moisturizer with added SPF applied to your face, the backs of your hands and your chest, places that are regularly exposed to sun. Use it in the winter too because ultraviolet light is still plentiful, plus you can be exposed to small amounts indoors as well. Not only does using a daily broad-spectrum SPF moisturizer protect you from sun damage, it may have the added benefit of making you look younger by reversing existing sun damage according to one study, says Dr. Piliang.
- Don’t let cloudy days fool you. “Clouds aren’t great ultraviolet light filters,” notes Dr. Piliang. “I’ve seen people with terrible blistering sunburns that they got on a cloudy day.”
Everybody wants to look beautiful and amazing than everyone else. To achieve the standards of beauty, most of the people tend to put themselves into the embarrassing and also the awkward situations. Bleach Burn on scalp is also one of the few examples that are caused due to the improper beauty efforts which are done by the people.
We need to understand the fact that every single thing requires some kind of extra work and practice. Due to the lack of practice and professional help, some of the people are forced to pay the extra price for their beauty tries.
Well, it’s hard to determine the intensity of price which people might have to pay because it entirely depends on the product you are using and how the product is interacting with your scalp. If the dye or bleach is relatively farther from your scalp. Then, you might be able to save your scalp from the adversities. However, in the case of the close interaction, you need to gear yourself up for the crazy burn.
If you are dying your hair with bleach for the very first time or if you are already suffering from the bleach burn on scalp then, you might need to read on because we have got some useful information for you.
What is Bleach Burn on Scalp?
Chemical burn or bleach burns on scalp is the skin condition which is caused due to the direct connection of high-intensity colorants to the scalp skin. Although it is pretty hard to investigate the underlying caused behind the burn marks on the scalp after bleach.
Some of the researchers hold the opinion that our scalp skin constitutes largely of the hair follicles which are further backed by the regrowth cells. The excessive dosage of high-intensity solvents not only severely damage the hair roots. It also aims to impact the scalp cells in the most adverse manner. Thus resulting in the discoloring and extreme irritation.
It is important to understand that the purpose of bleach is to burn the topper layer of our hair. So that it could easily change its color thus forming a newer shade. However, the closer contact of bleach with the scalp can lead to the scalp burn. If not taken care at the right time, the bleach burn on scalp is capable of malfunctioning with the hair follicles and also the skin cells. People who have suffered from the bleach burn on scalp, have usually complained about the excessive dryness which is further supported by the itchiness.
If you are also suffering from the bleach burns then, you surely don’t need to worry because this problem is curable in nature. The cure and the entire treatment process might take some time but if you want to get your healthy scalp back. Then, you are definitely supposed to show patience for a little while.
The people who are using the normal bleach for hair dying are exposed to the danger of getting burnt at a normal level. However, the people, especially women who are facing any sort of hormonal changes are expected to get the extreme scalp burnt. If you are one of those people then, we seriously beg you to stay away from the bleach or any other hair dying tool because it is capable of making the process very painful for you.
Treatment For Bleach Burn On Scalp:
The people who are suffering from the bleach burn on scalp usually believe that this problem cannot be cured. Well, this isn’t true at all. If you are interested in seeing the effective results. Then, you are no doubt supposed to calm yourself down and continue to take on the medicines or treatment prescribed by the doctor.
One should never forget the fact that it is pretty hard to get rid of the burns. Because it cures according to the recovering powers of one’s skin. If you have the sensitive skin then, your skin is expected to take more time as compared to the person who has the stronger skin.
The treatments we are going to discuss might not work perfectly for everyone. Because every person consists of a different skin. However, before opting for any treatment, we would recommend you to have a look at the ingredients and the formulation. So that you can have a proper information about what’s you are applying and consuming for the treatment purposes.
Some of the rapid and natural treatments which could help in reducing the intensity of the burn are discussed in the section below. These treatments might not provide a solution but they can help you in getting rid of pain and irritation.
Coconut Milk and Ice:
Once you have burnt your hair then, next step is all about finding the right ingredients which could heal the area and provide the coolness at the right time. Before you start bleaching your hair, keep the coconut milk and ice cubes in your freezer. Because both of these ingredients are capable of fastest relief.
The coconut milk will help in healing the burnt area and ice will help in reducing the burning effects. Once you have poured the iced milk over your head. Then, let it sit there for 2-3 minutes and then, pour it again.
Repeat the steps at least for 3 to 4 times in order to reduce the chances of burn marks.
Use Conditioner with Zinc Pyrithione:
Conditioner with Zinc Pyrithione is the best solution for the bleach burn on scalp. Zinc is usually found in the dandruff conditioner.
For best results, take the extremely thick layer of the dandruff killing conditioner and apply it on your scalp and hair. Make sure to apply the thick layer from root to tip and leave it for the entire day. You can also leave the conditioner overnight but it’s better to leave it for the entire day.
Take Cool Showers Shortly:
After getting the burn, you should opt for the coconut milk and ice cube treatment. Once that step is done then, the next step is about getting cold showers after every while. It is important to understand that you need to cool down the affected area that’s why cold showers are highly important.
You don’t need to use any shampoo or conditioner while taking the bath. Just use the iced coconut milk for the best results.
Most of the doctors prescribe the scalp ointments to the patients who are suffering from the scalp burn. Because no other medicine could be applied to the damaged area. According to our research, the burnt area should be left open so that pores could get the chance of healing themselves and performing the skin repair steps without getting any moisture.
Additionally, in case of the severe burnt and irritation, some of the doctors also recommend the anti-biotic followed with the OTC creams to the patients in order to reduce the chances of skin fungal or any sort of environmental allergies which could make the burn worse.
Important Tips and Remedies for Hair Dying:
Some of the major tips which could effectively help you in reducing the chances of bleach burn on scalp are stated as follows. Before you opt for any tip or remedy, do remember that not all the treatments for everyone.
Make sure that it goes perfectly with your scalp, before opting for any remedy.
- Before preparing your bleach, you should analyze whether your period dates are near or not. The premenstrual stages are capable of causing changes in your system including your scalp. Don’t dye your hair during the menstrual because it will have some adverse effects.
- You should shampoo your hair at least 3 days before the bleach. Because this step will help in building oil on your head. Oil will help in protecting your head against any sort of bleaching problems such as burns or irritation.
- If you have already shampooed your hair before the bleach. Then, another way of protecting your scalp is associated with moisturizing your scalp. You can use any oil for building up the protective layers. However, coconut oil works perfectly. Because it consists of the nourishing factors which are crucial before the bleach.
- Use of think conditioner before the bleach could also help you in protecting your head against all the adversities.
- Bleaching and irritation involved in the process are not at all associated with the swelling. If you have started to witness any sort of bumps or swelling on your head after the bleach. Then, you should immediately consult your doctor and start taking anti-inflammatory medicines right away.
- In case of swelling before the bleach, delay the procedure until your head is free from all the bumps. Because bleaching the swelled area might give birth to a lot of hair related problems such as fungus on scalp and scalp redness.
- It is important to understand that not every single person is going to have the similar black burning experience. Therefore, some people might not be able to get any sort of relief from the remedies.
- If the burn patch is getting worse by the passing day then, you should plan to see your doctor as soon as possible. Because you might need to take some sort of chemical medicines for the faster relief.
- Once your scalp is burnt, avoid washing your head with shampoo. The chemicals in shampoo are capable of making the skin drier. Let your scalp create the oil which will further help with the curing process.
- If you are suffering from the normal intensity bleach burn on scalp. Then, you are expected to get a good relief from the remedies and treatment stated in the section above. The maximum treatment times are 7 to 10 days.
- Also, avoid using any sort of electric-based hairstyling tools on your scalp. Because electric heat is capable of increasing the size of the burn area.
- You should also try to cut on some of the chemical products for better and fast relief.
- During the treatment or early preparation phases, you are expected to use the anti-dandruff shampoo. Because it will protect your scalp from the chances of the flaky scalp and unwanted scalp dandruff.
- Once you have tried the bleach on the scalp then, for the second try you should go for the proper hair dye or give the time of at least 6 to 8 months. Before applying the second layer because the continuous application is capable of causing the severe damage to your scalp and the hair.
We totally understand the fact that people want to have the perfectly textured hair backed by the alluring shades. As most of the people are not really interested in investing money in the hair colors. Therefore, they decide to opt for the hair bleach.
We agree with the fact that hair bleach is a relatively useful way of coloring your hair but before you do it. You need to have proper information about the treatment. How it should be performed in order to avoid any sort of problems.
If you are dying your hair with the bleach for the very first time. Then, you should perform the test first by bleaching only one and the inner section of your hair. This step will help you in understanding the total time of the application and definitely the amount of bleach.
Additionally, before properly applying the bleach. You should have information about the sensitivity of your scalp because if your scalp is sensitive. Then, you might have to drop the idea of using bleach on your scalp because of the higher and earlier chances of bleach burn on scalp.
Always remember the fact that care and precautions are always better than the treatment. So what are you planning to do? Have you tested your bleach before application?
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Treat your scalp burn
Read on to find out how…
Many people complain of scalp burns after getting their hair treated with chemical relaxers. Chemical relaxers are products that are used to straighten hair or loosen hair-curls by breaking the disulphide bonds of the hair. The chemicals which are used in these treatments are not just harsh on the hair follicle but can also weaken the hair shaft resulting in hair loss. Hair straightening and other treatments that require applying harsh chemicals on hair can also cause scalp burns, bald spots, scabs and dry patches. Here are ways to treat scalp burns caused by chemical relaxers.
– Never scratch your scalp or pick on your scab (this is a patchy layer, formed due to burnt and damaged skin on the scalp). Usually, when you have an infected scalp, you will have a greater tendency to itch. Avoid this if you don’t want the infection to aggravate. Also, avoid picking on your scab with your nails as this can increase the infection.
– Untangle hair around the scalp burn. Use a wide-tooth comb to separate hair that is stuck together by starting from the ends of the hair. Do not comb close to the scalp burn lest you may aggravate the problem.
– Use an anti-bacterial ointment on your scab by applying it on a clean cotton swab. Using an aloe vera-based natural remedy soothes and heals burns best, but use one that will not further infect the area.
– To wash your hair, it is recommended to use a gentle shampoo. It is best to avoid chemical based shampoos at this stage. Use luke-warm water to rinse off the shampoo. Also, avoid using any other chemicals like serum, hair sprays etc.
– Use a leave-in conditioner with vitamin E to nourish dry scalp. You can also apply a hair lotion which has a combination of Vitamin E and aloe vera, by parting hair section wise and applying it on the scalp. Vitamin E heals the scalp burn while aloe vera reduces any form of itchiness.
– Don’t use a blow dryer. Protect your scalp from further damage, by reducing any form of heat on it.