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6 Ways To Manage A Sunburnt Scalp


July 28, 2021

Summer is in full swing, and the more time we spend in the sun, the more we realize how truly dangerous the sun can be. Apart from all of the skin diseases and disorders that the sun can cause, simply getting a sunburn can feel like punishment. 

You have likely had many sunburns in your life, and over the years, you learn how to ease the burning and eventually get your skin back to feeling like it did before you went a little too light on the sunscreen. Sunburn on your scalp is much more complicated to take care of, though. 

Here are some of the ways that you can manage a sunburned scalp


After you get any type of sunburn, you must stay hydrated. You will have lost a lot of your hydration in the sun, and this will mean that your body’s hydration levels will be running low and need to be replenished. 

If you do not hydrate, your body will take longer to heal, and you will therefore be stuck with your sunburn for far longer than you would if you stay hydrated and ensure that your body has everything it needs. 

Milk Dip

Your scalp is likely to be feeling overly sensitive, and there is a good reason for that. Your head is one of the most sensitive parts of your body, with many blood vessels being concentrated in a small space. 

For this reason, a scalp sunburn will feel a lot more painful than a normal sunburn most of the time. You can alleviate some of the pain that you are feeling by doing a milk dip. All you need to do is dip your hair into milk and allow it to soak for a little while. It will have a cooling sensation and allow your head to feel less like it’s on fire. 

Go Natural 

You might have the kind of lifestyle that requires you to style your hair every day. You might be on vacation and want to style your hair so that your vacation photos look cute; however, with a scalp sunburn, that will not be easy to do. 

You should always do if you have a scalp sunburn is dry and style your hair naturally so that you do not apply any more heat or products to the area than necessary because they might exacerbate the condition. 


Depending on how severe your scalp sunburn is, you might need to take some anti-inflammatory medication to help your skin to calm down enough that it will be able to heal properly. 

You can take over-the-counter medications that are pain killer and anti-inflammatory all in one so that you will be healing your sunburn without having to feel that it is still there. Doing this allows for pain-free healing. 

Oil Treatment 

Essential oils are truly great natural ingredients that can help with many ailments that might plague humans daily. For this reason, you should consider using them to help you soothe and heal your scalp sunburn. 

All you need to do is fill a container with a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut, and then drop three to five drops of tea tree oil into the carrier oil. Mix until they are fully combined, and then apply to your scalp. The tea tree heals the sunburn, while the carrier oil ensures that it is not too harsh for your skin. 


Cold Compress

You may have tried everything else on this list and wondered why it isn’t working. None of the tips will work instantaneously, and your skin will likely be in pain until your sunburn has healed completely. 

However, while you wait for it to heal, you can apply a cold compress to your head so that you alleviate some of the heat and the burning sensation coming off of your scalp.