Sensitive skin or improperly applied hair dye can result in an irritated or burned scalp. This can be avoided by following hair dye instruction properly. In fact, Clairol recommends you perform a “skin allergy test 48 hours before each application even if you have already used coloring products.” If your scalp suffers burns from hair dye, you can calm your scalp by using a moisturizing conditioner, shampoo along with applying soothing solutions and creams.

Things You'll Need

Shampoo and condition

Rinse your hair with cool or lukewarm water. Avoid hot water because it will cause more pain to scalp burns.

Shampoo your hair gently with a moisturizing shampoo. Moisturizing shampoos often contain vitamin E, aloe or shea butter. Rinse the shampoo with cool or lukewarm water.

Apply a moisturizing conditioner to your hair. Allow it to stay on your hair as directed, usually for five to 10 minutes. Rinse gently with cool or lukewarm water.

Rub a towel gently on your wet hair. Do not rub the scalp or apply a lot of pressure on the scalp when drying your hair.

Ice Cube

Wrap an ice cube in a paper towel or small hand towel.

Apply the ice cube to sections of your burned scalp. Hold it in place for several minutes to provide relief to irritated areas.

If the ice melts, use the towel to wipe up the water.

Prevent Infection

Keep the scalp area clean and dry, except for using cool or lukewarm water to shampoo and condition.

Apply an antibiotic cream, like Neosporin, to burned scalp at least once a day. Neosporin is a topical cream designed ‘to help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns.”

Allow the antibiotic cream to sit on your scalp as the directions indicate.


  • See a dermatologist if your scalp burns continue to cause pain and blister.