I’m sure that you can agree with me when I say that an itching scalp can be the most annoying thing in the world. I used to scratch my head and do the “head slap” all day long trying to get some relief, and trust me when I say I almost gave myself a concussion. But I’m afraid that it only worked for a short while then it was back to usual business with the itching.
I was sick and tired of my dandruff and itching that I made it a point of duty to figure out what exactly was contributing to my little problem. It turned out that I simply wasn’t cleansing my hair enough. In this post, I’m going to share with you some things that contribute to dandruff and itching and what you can do about it.
What causes an Itchy Scalp?
- Seborrheic Dermatitis.
This is a skin condition associated with itching, redness, and flaking. It can affect any part of the body, but when it’s associated with the scalp, it is known as dandruff.
2. Scalp Psoriasis.
Scalp psoriasis is a common skin disorder that makes raised, reddish, and often scaly patches. It can affect one part or the entire surface area of your scalp. It is not contagious. Some of the symptoms include:
- Scaly, red, bumpy patches
- Silvery-white scales
- Dry scalp
- Burning or soreness
3. Tinea Capitis.
This is a fungal infection also known as “ringworm” which can affect the scalp.
Fungi are germs that can live on the dead tissue of the hair, nails, and outer skin layers. Tinea capitis is caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes. Read more at MedlinePlus.
The fungi grow well in warm, moist areas. A tinea infection is more likely if you:
- Have minor skin or scalp injuries
- Do not bathe or wash your hair often
- Have wet skin for a long time (such as from sweating)
4. Infrequent shampooing.
Not washing your hair often enough is a huge contributor to an itchy scalp. Products that you use throughout the week will accumulate and result in dandruff and an itchy scalp.Try to shampoo at least once every 1-2 weeks.
Other causes include:
- Co-washing all the time.
- Using hair products that contain harsh ingredients.
- Excessive scratching can introduce bacteria or fungus into the layers of the scalp
- Irritated, Oily scalp.
- Dry skin
- Stress and Anxiety
- Infection and Allergies
- Head lice
- Folliculitis (infection of a hair follicle)
- Fungal infection
Let’s Kick the Itching!
- Zinc Pyrithione.
This is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial topical treatment that is effective against seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. A few medicated shampoos designed to treat dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis such as Head and Shoulders and Selsun Blue relies on this formulation to effectively relieve any symptoms associated.
2. Coconut Oil.
A lot of scalp issues may occur due to having a dry scalp. Organic coconut oil is a natural moisturizer for all types of skin, it helps to lubricate the skin, and it helps with hair growth. Coconut oil also contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that can help to eliminate fungi and bacteria that can potentially cause scalp conditions.
How to apply:
- Combine 2 tbsp organic coconut oil and 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Apply throughout the scalp. Use only what’s needed and store the rest for later use. You can use this treatment 2-3 times per week or as needed. Wash hair at least once per week to remove build-up.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial properties that aids in restoring the scalp and treating an itchy scalp. The scalp has a pH of between 4.4-5.5, and when you use certain products on your hair and scalp your pH may change resulting in an itchy scalp. ACV helps to restore the hair’s pH to its origin to fight off imbalances and ‘the itch’.
How to apply:
- Add organic ACV to a spray bottle making sure to dilute it with water to at least a 2:1 ratio (2 parts water to 1 part ACV). Spray the mixture throughout the hair and scalp and leave it on for 3-5 mins. Wash and condition your hair .
- Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water.
- Apply this solution directly on your scalp using cotton ball and massage for a few minutes.
- Leave for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Wash with shampoo then condition.
- Repeat once or twice a week.
4. Wash those weaves!
Whenever you purchase new extensions, I would suggest washing them thoroughly before installing them to your hair. If you’ve seen the documentary “Good Hair” by Chris Rock then you’ll know that they get hair from all over the world. That means they have to use chemicals to kill any bacteria/fungi present to make it ‘safe’ to use.
However, those chemicals can cause scalp and hair issues and it may be the reason why your scalp is itching and/or burning. So girl you ‘betta’ wash those weaves!
Essential oils such as tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and rosemary oil have anti-bacterial/antiseptic properties that may help to soothe the scalp and reduce itching. Because of their potency, these oils should not be used at full strength. They should be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil before application.
How to apply:
- Add oils to your shampoo. Adding a few drops of essential oils to your shampoo can go a long way in soothing the scalp and helping with inflammation. Simply add 10-15 drops of oils to your shampoo and apply all over the scalp. Wash hair thoroughly then rinse.
- Add oils to your deep conditioner or hot oil treatment. Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil to your deep conditioner or hot oil treatment.
6. Shampoo your hair.
While co-washing is great for the hair when done on occasion, it’s important that you also shampoo your hair at least once per week to remove product build-up. Infrequent shampooing equals product buildup which in turn leads to an itchy scalp. Try to avoid harsh shampoos at this point because it will strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils and cause your scalp to become dry. Search for sulphate-free shampoos that are gentle on the hair and scalp.
7. Co-wash less.
When trying to get rid of an itchy scalp, I would suggest reducing how much you co-wash. An itchy scalp can be a result of product build-up, and a co-wash isn’t enough to remove products from your scalp.
8. Visit your Dermatologist.
Scalp and hair disorders are very serious issues, and if left unchecked they can cause permanent hair loss. I recommend seeing your doctor if you are unsure of what is causing your scalp condition. Also if you try natural treatments at home and your condition become worse then head straight to the doc!
9. Lemon Juice.
Due to its low pH, lemon juice makes an excellent anti-bacterial agent, and if your itchy scalp is a result of bacteria then this could be a solution. If you have a sore or cut, then try not to use this treatment as this may cause stinging.
How to apply:
- Apply the lemon juice to your scalp and massage it throughout the hair. Leave it in for 5-10 minutes then wash and condition your hair. Repeat 1-2 times per week or as needed.
How you treat your itchy scalp? What is your experience with dry, itchy scalp?
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