If you have sensitive skin anywhere on your body, you probably put a lot of consideration into what you put on your skin — and the same should be true when it comes to caring for a sensitive scalp. Finding the best shampoos for sensitive skin means investing in products with ingredients that are gentle enough not to irritate your scalp, but effective enough to remove oil, product build up, and dead skin cells.
Shampoos for sensitive scalps shouldn't just be labeled "gentle," they also need to be free of harsh, irritating ingredients like sulfates, parabens, and even fragrances. Hypoallergenic shampoos that have been tested by dermatologists are often trust-worthy, as are many organic shampoos with oils and botanical extracts known to nourish the scalp and naturally prevent and treat dandruff and itchy skin. Avoid anything with a mile-long ingredient list of unidentifiable chemicals, as well as skin-drying alcohol and (heaven forbid) formaldehyde.
As with other shampoos, it's also important to keep your personal hair needs in mind — in addition to having sensitive skin, you may have dry hair, color-treated strands, or flat hair that makes you crave volume — all of which can be addressed with a kinder, gentler shampoo. These eight shampoos for sensitive skin have great reviews and have been proven gentle, but effective.