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Shampoo for sensitive scalp?

Ive been meaning to ask, but does anyone here have a really sensitive scalp, and if so, what shampoo and conditioner do you use? Most shampoos irritate my scalp, causing discomfort. Any help is appreciated, and feel free to suggest high or low end products. Thank you!

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I just took my son the  Dermatologist on Wednesday. He is 14 and has skin and scalp issues. He has super sensitive scalp and his poor head was all a mess. The Dr. suggested he use a shampoo by Aveeno. We have not tried it yet so I don't know how well it works.

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I think i will try that if it doesn't get better, because lately, my scalp has been bleeding occasionally and my dermatologist is great. I use a shampoo that smells a bit medicine, so therefore my hair smells like that too.

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Let me pass along a tip. Go to This is a company that sells primarily to distributors who will label the product as their own brand. They use high quality ingredients and have several paraben, sulfate and fragrance-free options. You can buy 16-ounce sizes. And many of their products end up in (hello!) Sephora as well as at Whole Foods. I have super sensitive skin and a sensitive scalp. I don't even want to count the number of products I've tried in my life ... 

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I use Neutrogena anti-residue as my only shampoo. There is nothing natural about it but it is the only shampoo i know that doesn't irritate my scalp (eczema). Supposedly they will eliminate the formaldehyde in it by next year but I probably still won't use it on my daughter. Instead of conditioner i apply a generous amount of plain jojoba oil to scalp and hair right before i shampoo. Conditioners seem much more irritating than shampoos. It took me years to figure this out so i hope it helps you Smiley Happy


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I second sulfate free shampoos, some people have trouble getting adjusted to the change, but if you stick with it you will see the results.

If not, have you tried baby shampoo?

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Baby shampoo, like Johnson and Johnson? Ive seen it, and that might be good, since its for babies. Off topic a bit, but do you know if baby soap is ok to use on your face? My friend recommended, but im not sure..

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Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo! I get patches of dermatitis on my hairline, but when I use this shampoo it clears up after a few uses. I alternate between this shampoo and Phytheol Intense Anti-Dndruff Shampoo. I also use Ouidad Mediterranean Bay Leaf Hair and Scalp Treatment once a week and Josie Maran Argan Hot Oil Self-Heating Hair Treatment monthly. My hair has never been so bouncy and shiny, but more importantly my scalp has been behaving itself and I can wear black tops without worry!

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Aveda Scalp Benefits is nice, very herbaly smell and it's currently the only shampoo smell that I have that lingers after a shower but I quite like the smell. 

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I am a couple of weeks in The No 'Poo method (thanks to ladies on BT). Once I week I use a sulfate-free shampoo. I'm not sure if it works for everyone, but Google it. My scalp has improved 100%.

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I recommend Deva - but also, I had scalp issues (what I thought was 'dry,' sensitive, flakey scalp but I think was actually seborrheic dermatitis).


I tried every shampoo out there - Deva came close but didn't eliminate my scalp issues.  I tried every natural, sulfate-free, highest end ($50 and up a bottle!), everything.


Shampoos only made things way worse, as did conditioner actually.


I went no-poo with baking soda and apple cider vinegar.


Wash a few times a week with 1-2 tablespoons of BS dissolved in two cups water.  Scrub on scalp then rinse.  Do a final rinse with 1-2 tablespoons ACV in two cups water.


Once in a while (less than once a month) I apply raw egg, or coconut milk,  as a hair mask to avoid getting too dried out, but this is not essential -- just if you find your hair getting dry.  I also use plain jojoba poil very lightly on my ends as a leave in conditioner.


This cleared my scalp issues COMPLETELY in two weeks, and I've been clear for three years.  Could never go back!

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