Difference between Oily, Dry, and Sensitive Scalp

Difference between Oily, Dry, and Sensitive Scalp

If your hair is not getting better even if you use conditioning and essence, then it is because your scalp is not healthy.

So healthy hair requires you take good care of your scalp.

As skin types differ, so do scalp types and the method for taking care of each type differs as well.


Shampooing time should be minimised


The scalp divides into oily, dry, and sensitive types and if it is not taken care of correctly it can not only lead to weaker hair but also hair loss so it is very important to be cautious.


Choosing a right type of shampoo


Did you know that the way you shampoo your hair differs based on your scalp type?

So first thing is you need to check which type you are and how to differentiate between the types.



Oily Scalp

The oily scalp is the type that experiences the biggest change in terms of how much sebum it produces depending on the season or the environment.

In the case of the oily scalp, the sebum starts building up in the scalp 2~3 hours after shampooing.

Furthermore, the scalp where the sebum is produced very actively can smell in some cases.

The hand that touched the scalp is probably oily when you look at it with your bare eyes.

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Thu, it is necessary to wash your hair meticulously using the shampoo that’s targeted at removing the sebum.

This is because if a lot of sebum builds up, it could clog the pores and lead to hair loss.


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Wash your scalp thoroughly using shampoos that contain mentol and tea tree which gives a cooling feeling.

But, if you rub the scalp too hard, it could irritate the sebaceous glands and could result in a higher production of sebum, so you should watch out for that.


Sensitive scalp


The oily scalp type needs to wash their hair every day but needs to maintain it so that it doesn’t get dry.

I recommend washing it lightly in the morning and shampooing in the evenings.

In the morning it is important to keep the healthy scalp protection layer while rinsing off the sweat and body waste from the night.

In the evenings using a shampoo for oily scalp to cleanly wash off the oil and dust that has piled on during the day.



Dry Scalp

When your hair lacks moisture and nutrients it becomes dry and has more dead cells making your hair rough.

If you use shampoo while washing, the bubbles steal the nutrients and moisture.

If you shampoo often, you lack nutrients and moisture even more and the barrier becomes weaker, leading to sensitive scalp which reacts to even small stimulus, so it is important you take good care of your scalp.




If your dry scalp is scratchy and has dead skin then your moisture level is below 10%.

Your scalp will not produce oil even after time passes but because the dry skin on the scalp is rising it will feel scratchy.

So choose a shampoo that has more of a moisturizing affect rather than a cleaning one.




For dry scalp use specialty shampoo designed for the dry scalp and wash once every 2~3 days.

On the other days do not use the shampoo and just wash your hair with conditioner.

This method is called “Co wash”.




If you have dandruff then use in rotation with a dandruff product.

But just use 2~3 times a week.

If you do not restrict the number of times you use the dandruff product in a week, your scalp will become more dry.

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Also don’t forget to use a scalp ampoule to provide moisture.



Sensitive Scalp

The sensitive scalp is defined by the breakouts due to the lack of sebum or moisture.

Compared to the other types of scalp, the blood circulation is not very smooth.

The sensitive scalp should use a method similar to that of the dry scalp but should also be careful not to irritate the already sensitive skin even more.

In fact, as the scalp barrier is not functioning well, anything is prone to irritating the scalp.

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Thus, the types of shampoos that minimizes the irritation rather than giving nutrition to it through the ingredients, are the best.

You can decrease the irritation through natural shampoos and if the shampoo contains herbal ingredients it is effective in mitigating the sensitivity so keep that in mind please.


Shampooing time should be minimised.

Therefore, the 5-minute massage time generally referred to as shampooing instruction does not apply to sensitive scalps.


Difference between Oily, Dry, and Sensitive Scalp


The ideal way is to wash your hair less than 3 times a week using minimum amount of shampoo to finish the shampooing process in a short amount of time.

Irritation can be avoided by washing the hair with just water.

“Co wash” method is also an option but as the alcohol substance in conditioners may cause irritations you should use less of it.

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Moisturising is the most important and you should try multiple scalp ampoules to figure out which ingredients work for your scalp.


Different methods of shampooing for each types


If you are unsure but was having a trouble with basic care method, simply remember 3 things.

  1. Your scalp type
  2. Choosing a right type of shampoo
  3. Different methods of shampooing for each types


What shampoo do you use


Do you wash your hair in hot steamy water?

Don’t do that! It stimulates your scalp so you should use warn water to rinse out your hair.

Also, when drying your hair you should use cold air not hot.


Do you perm or dye your hair often?

Using hair dye or perm medicine is a huge cluster of chemicals that is also not good for your hair and scalp.


What shampoo do you use ?

This is the most important. In shampoo there is a wide range of chemicals such as surfactants and silucon that causes yiur hair to feel smooth.

Because you use shampoo everyday and it touches your scalp, you beed to find a product that fits your scalp.




We hope that our customers of our shopping mall all take care of their scalp and have charming hair.



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    This was really informative, thank you! I struggle sometimes with keeping my hair healthy, and now that my hair is just starting to grow back, I’m trying to learn how to take better care of it so this time around it isn’t so damaged.
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    I actually have both an oily and dry scalp! The best of both worlds… Not. I had a hard time finding a shampoo that wouldn’t make my hair more oily but also keep my scalp hydrated. It was a long process. I finally started using some horse shampoo, no joke. I use Cabellina shampoo and thanks to the coconut oil in it, it keeps my scalp soft while not adding oil to my hair and making a mess.
    • CoyCooing
      Hello, Our customers are always asking to recommend shampoo. At the moment, the situation make us awkward is when the customers often doesn't know their hair type exactly. (For example, Oily, Dry, and Sensitive Scalp..) So the first thing to know is your hair type. And you have to use shampoo that is proper to your scalp and hair. 💙💙

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