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Scalp Pain: What's Behind the Ache?

Hi there! I know this story might sound crazy but every time I get my haircut my hair hurts for a couple days.

Don't get me wrong. During a haircut it feels so good. I LoVe the message and it is super relaxing when I get a haircut, but after a few hours my scalp is sore. Even where my neck was relaxing in the shampoo bowl. Do you ever feel this way?

I have always had a sensitive scalp. I get it from my mom. She would always want me to brush her hair " Very Gently ".

I can never keep a pony tail in for very long and some headbands give me an instant headache.

Have you ever noticed a mysterious, nagging pain in your scalp? Scalp pain is a pretty common issue that can leave both you and me scratching our heads—literally and figuratively. Today, let’s dive into the world of scalp pain together, exploring what causes it, how often it occurs, and what you can do to find some relief.

What's Causing That Scalp Pain?

Scalp pain, also known as trichodynia, can arise from various factors. Let’s take a look at some of the most common culprits:

Ponytail Pressure:

One of the most frequent causes of scalp pain is wearing ponytails too tight. When hair is pulled back tightly, it can strain the scalp and hair follicles, leading to discomfort. Try switching up your hairstyles or opting for looser styles to give your scalp a break.

Scarring Alopecia:

This more serious cause of scalp pain involves inflammation and scarring of the hair follicles. Conditions like frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) not only cause hair loss but can also result in tender, painful scalp areas. Early intervention is key, so if you suspect scarring alopecia, I’d recommend seeing a Trichologist.

Product Buildup:

Sometimes, the products we love can be a double-edged sword. Buildup from hair sprays, gels, and other styling products can clog pores and irritate the scalp. Regular clarifying treatments and using products suitable for your hair type can really help.

Scalp Infections:

Bacterial or fungal infections can cause inflammation, redness, and pain. These conditions require medical treatment, so if you notice any signs of infection, seeking professional help immediately is important.


Believe it or not, stress can contribute to scalp pain. When we’re stressed, our muscles tense up, including those in the scalp, which can cause a sensation of pain or tightness. Practicing stress-relief techniques like meditation, exercise, or even a soothing scalp massage can make a big difference.

Tips for Addressing Scalp Pain

I want to help you manage and alleviate scalp pain. Here are some tips:

-Gentle Hair Care Practices: It’s important to avoid tight hairstyles, use appropriate hair products, and maintain a clean, healthy scalp.

- Scalp Massages: Scalp massages can increase blood flow and relieve tension. Scalp massages are always better when someone else is doing them, am I right?

- Proper Tools: Using wide-tooth combs and soft-bristle brushes that are gentler on the scalp can make a big difference in reducing scalp irritation.

- Professional Help: If your scalp pain is persistent or accompanied by other symptoms like hair loss or visible scalp changes, it’s a good idea to see a dermatologist or trichologist for a thorough evaluation.

Scalp pain can be a real pain in the... well, scalp! But with a bit of knowledge and the right approach, you can find relief and keep your hair and scalp healthy. Keep these tips and insights in mind, and you’ll be well on your way to feeling better than ever.

Wishing you good hair days! Tabitha

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