Scalp tenderness can be caused by a number of things. While we’re all aware of our hands and face being tender, you can also have a tender spot on your scalp. Most likely you’ve noticed it for a while, but now it’s giving you pause for concern. So, you’re probably wondering, “Why is my scalp tender in one spot?”
Read on to discover why your scalp might be tender in one spot and best products to use to maintain a healthy scalp.
What Is Scalp Tenderness?
Even though scalp tenderness is common, it can still cause a lot of discomfort and pain. Since scalp tenderness can mean different things to different people, the reasons vary. But here are some of its symptoms, which can occur at the same time.
- Scalp pain
Reasons For Tender Scalp In One Spot
The causes of sensitivity or tender scalp in one spot are varied. Below are some of the more common causes of scalp tenderness.
1. Hair Styling Methods
Due to the hair curl pattern, most Black women are familiar with the term ‘tender-headed’. It’s a term given when you cringe in anticipation for the pain as your mom combs your hair which results in scalp soreness.
Additionally, many women like their edges sleek. This means the hair is pulled tightly from the face and often a gel is applied to lay down the edges. Many of these styles like high ponytails and braids result in a sensitive scalp. Moreover, the stress on the scalp can lead to serious conditions such as traction alopecia. This condition is hair loss resulting from inflamed hair follicles.
2. Scalp Conditions
Some skin disorders can cause scalp pain in one spot. For example, seborrheic dermatitis or scalp psoriasis involve scaling, peeling, and flaking of the skin. Also, inflammation from acne or eczema can cause uncomfortable scalp bumps.
3. Product Applications
Sometimes the chemical mix of a hair relaxer causes an allergic reaction or the skin is too sensitive. Other times, the chemicals are left on too long. In either case, the result is an inflamed scalp that can lead to sores and possible hair loss.
Unfortunately, some hairstylists use heat during bleach or dye treatments. And using heat during these treatments is not a necessity and the consequences for you; the client is dire. You will no doubt experience possible hair loss, sores on your scalp as well as itchy, dry scalp.
The Importance Of A Healthy Scalp
Keeping your scalp healthy is one of the best ways to inspire healthy hair. After all, the scalp is the soil where your hair sprouts. And just like it’s difficult for a famished plant to grow to its full potential, your hair can’t either if the scalp is wrecked.
If any scalp issues are persistent, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. Although some scalp issues can be resolved with non-medical treatments, some cannot. Additionally, scalp issues like infections or scalp conditions, may require the attention of a medical professional.