Unlike sensitive skin that you're born with, sensitive hair or the sensation of your hair hurting when it's touched or moved is the result of hair neglect. And it's easily preventable and quickly reversible with a little hair TLC.
Wash the Pain Away
Sensitive hair or painful hair is often the result of not washing your hair enough. When you go too long not giving your scalp and hair a good cleansing massage, oil, dead skin, and dirt build up around the base of the hair shaft. This results in your hair follicles and pores becoming clogged and inflamed, resulting in pain or sensitivity when your hair is touched or even just blown in the wind. Dandruff is also another unpleasant effect of infrequent washing.
The solution- wash your hair! If you're suffering from pain and sensitivity it means your shampoo cycle isn't frequent enough. So if you're a once a week person, you don't have to go full hog and start washing your hair everyday- just bump it up to twice a week. You can also use a dry shampoo like Alder New York's Texture Powder between washing to help with oil build up. The additional action of massaging your scalp will help with relieving any pain and help keep your do looking and smelling fresh.
Loosen up that High Pony or Man Bun
Sensitive hair can also be the result of wearing tight hairstyles for long periods of time. If you're the high pony everyday type or the whip it up into a bun and forget about it person, you probably have experienced hair sensitivity. Tight styles paired with infrequent washing can exacerbate build up and scalp tenderness. It's important to not only wash your hair frequently but also make sure you let your hair run loose every once in a while. Be sure to massage your scalp regularly and skip the elastic ties if possible.
When it comes to hair sensitivity neglect is almost alway the culprit. Work out your scalp, give it a good cleaning every once in a while, and let it do its thing. You'll be a lot happier and your hair will be too.