My scalp feels tight after bleaching. Is it normal? What can I do?

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  • You may feel sensitivity, tightness, and some discomfort in your scalp after bleaching. It is normal. The degree of tightness varies depending on the type of bleaching you have done.
  • The discomfort on your scalp will diminish with time. You can always alleviate it with a soothing treatment.
  • In any case, you should analyze the degree of scalp tightness after bleaching to determine if it’s normal or if you should ask a specialist.


Bleaching is one of the most irritating hairdressing treatments for the scalp.  You may feel some tightness or discomfort on your head. .

You’ll notice that the scalp is a little irritated and slightly pink for a few days after bleaching. Depending on the treatment performed, the intensity of the discomfort or tightness may vary.

Bleaching the whole head is not the same as bleaching a few strands.


To bleach the whole head, we use more bleaching products, and the process takes longer.

 You can even feel your scalp tight after coloring the roots if you have very sensitive scalp. .


I want to tell you what you can do to relieve the tightness of your scalp. Also, what to do in case the burning doesn’t go away.

I’m also going to give you some tips to prevent you from feeling irritation after bleaching. That way, you can enjoy the change of look you desire without suffering discomfort afterward.

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What can you do if your scalp feels uncomfortable?

Tightness happens because your scalp has been dried out by bleaching.

So, if you don’t have a flaking scalp, it doesn’t itch, and it doesn’t hurt, you shouldn’t worry.


Remember that bleaching is a chemical and irritating process. Your scalp will need a few days to recover.


Don’t worry. You’ll be back to normal in a few days.


What could happen if the discomfort turns into itching, burning, and flaking?

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We’d be in the presence of dermatitis. It means that the skin on your scalp has not reacted well to the chemicals in the bleaching mixture.


What is dermatitis?

Dermatitis is skin irritation and inflammation process of the skin on the scalp caused by a product to which we are intolerant.

 Dermatitis can itch, burn, irritate, and even produce white or yellowish dandruff-like flakes. .


You won’t suffer from it permanently, so you can rest easy. In a few days, you won’t feel any more discomfort.


What to do in case of dermatitis?

Dermatitis can be treated and relieved. My advice is to  ask a dermatologist to evaluate the situation. .


In the meantime, there’re several things you can do to ease the discomfort:

  • Wash your hair every other day with a soothing shampoo: you can use Klorane Peony shampoo. Another more natural and cheaper alternative is to use a soap with oatmeal.
  • Avoid combing your hair dry: to avoid further damage to your scalp.
  • Discontinue any styling products: such as gels, waxes, and hairsprays to maintain hairstyles longer.
  • Avoid going out in the sun: the film that protects your scalp is altered, and you need to help it get back to normal.
  • Don’t forget your appointment with the dermatologist: your doctor will evaluate the causes and treat them if necessary.


You already know that it’s completely normal to feel discomfort and tightness after bleaching your hair. Also, that sensitive skin is prone to dermatitis.

Now I’m going to tell you about other situations that can occur after bleaching. They aren’t usual and will serve to set off the alarm bells.


When should I be alarmed after bleaching?

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  • If you start to experience increased discomfort after bleaching and not just tightness.
  • If the scalp burning is unbearable and the pain increases over the hours


Those are alarming situations.

In fact, I’d say that it is the worst case scenario after hair bleaching.

 You have a chemical burn, and your scalp is injured. It has to be taken seriously. .


Maybe you have injuries, but you didn’t notice it. Check your head with a mirror and see if you have any scars.

You shouldn’t feel a burn after bleaching. If you do, it means you haven’t been well cared for.


Possibly the mixture has been left on too long. Or maybe your scalp was not suitable to go through bleaching.

However, a bleach burn doesn’t necessarily happen because the products have been on your head too long. A misdiagnosis by the stylist can lead to such tragedies.

How is it possible that a product used in the salon for makeovers can damage?


Bleaching is a very aggressive technique for the hair; it has chemical agents and acts together with hydrogen peroxide. These two components mix and generate a chemical reaction in the hair.

They open the cuticle, sweep away the melanin, and lighten the hair changing its structure.  The darker your hair is and the lighter you want it to be, the longer this chemical mixture should stay in your hair. 

It’s the main procedure we hairdressers use in the salon for almost all technical work. Even if you want something subtle in honey and caramel tones, you’ll probably have to bleach your hair first.


What to do if you have a bleach burn

The best is to see a dermatologist. If you have been burned, there’s nothing you can do on your own. Only a doctor can give you the right treatment.

 Don’t apply oils or magic formulas on your scalp. They often contain alcohol and could worsen the situation. .


That said, without a good diagnosis from your stylist, you’ll never know how your scalp and hair will react to the bleaching process.


The importance of an accurate hair diagnosis

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In serious salons, colorists perform a hair diagnosis. What is it?


We ask a little bit about the history of your hair, if you’ve had it straightened before, how long it’s been since your last bleach, and we inspect the scalp to see if there are any problems.

We perform this diagnosis to minimize the risks of bleaching.


That is why you should go to a professional colorist. She’ll analyze the condition of your scalp and hair before starting any treatment with bleaching products.

Then, you’ll avoid scalp discomfort the next time you bleach your hair.



It’s normal to feel tightness and discomfort on your scalp after bleaching, especially if you bleached all your hair.

You’ll feel this discomfort for a few days depending on the treatment you have undergone. You can alleviate it by following the tips in this article.


If you feel itching, burning, or unusual discomfort, you could be in the presence of dermatitis. You should ask a doctor to thoroughly evaluate the causes.

If, on the other hand, you feel a lot of pain or you have a sore scalp after bleaching, you should see a doctor so that the appropriate treatment can start as soon as possible.

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