Having an itchy scalp can cause you a lot of discomfort and worst hair loss. There are a lot of causes for itchy scalp. Head lice, fungal and viral infection, unhygienic hair conditions, dry scalp and dandruff are some of the common causes of head lice. Other issues that can cause itchy scalp is stress, improper diet, eczema, psoriasis, congested scalps and left over products. Some symptoms of infections besides itchy scalp are redness, damaged hair, swelling, and scalp sensitivity.
To treat your itchy scalp, you need to know what is the cause. You can go to your dermatologist identify the cause and give you medication if it is due to infection. If your itchy scalp is caused by dandruff, un-hygienic hair condition, product build up and dry scalp – we have tips for you. Here are some natural remedies and tricks to get rid of an itchy scalp.
Lemons are magical fruits that are incredibly tasty and oh so versatile. You can use it for cleaning, cooking, drinking and for numerous beauty purposes. You can add curing an itchy scalp to the long list of lemon’s magical uses. Lemons contain an antiseptic property that can help reduce itching. Pure lemon can be a bit too harsh on the scalp. You can dilute it with water or use lemon juice from a bottle. You can put freshly sliced lemon in a bowl and use it to rinse your scalp or put some in a small spritz bottle and use it directly on the scalp. Leave it in for 5 to 10 minutes, if you have product build up use it for 30 minutes. This can lighten your hair a bit if you apply heat or use it for too long. So, remember that some of your hair color might wash off if you this remedy.
Change Your Shampoo
Shampoos can affect your scalp health. Some of them can be too dense that it can lead to itchy scalp. There are also some anti-dandruff shampoos that would not work for your scalp’s health and work for someone else. Try changing your shampoo to something else that is a bit lighter and look at the ingredients. There are certain ingredients that you may be allergic to that you are not aware of. When picking anti-dandruff shampoo, avoid mint flavors if you already have dry scalp. Also, never put conditioner on your scalp only at the ends. Rinse thoroughly and make sure that there are not left over product. The hair should feel light after washing. Try this first to make sure that your itchy scalp is not caused by the product you are using.
Clean Your Tools
You may not know it, but your tools can be causing your itchy scalp. Dirt and left over products on your brushes, heat tools and hair accessories can cause infections and build up in your hair. The more you use these tools, the more prone you can be too itchy scalp. Clean your brushes once a week and your heating tools every two weeks. If you use the same hair type or clip, try to rinse it out every week or at least interchange using them.
You can use this everyday ingredient to reduce itchy scalp. Baking soda is completely safe for the scalp. It is alkaline in nature, making a great neutralizer on the scalp. It can help balance out the pH level and reduce itchiness. It can also help remove products, oils and dirt. Mix equal amounts of baking soda and water and rub on the scalp. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the most powerful natural remedy for dandruff and itchy scalp. It contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Concentrated tea tree oil can be too harsh, so dilute two to three drops of oil in a tablespoon of vegetable oil or half a cup of water. You can use the one with vegetable oil to massage the scalp and the one with water as a spray throughout the day. Do this remedy every day for the next 2 weeks to see results.
Other tips you can take is to reduce your stress levels. Stress can cause dandruff and itchy scalp. You can reduce the stress in your scalp from getting regular hair treatments. Make sure to dry your hair completely before leaving the house. Wet hair can accumulate more dirt and products. Brush your hair 2 to 3 times a day to help distribute the natural oils from your scalp. If you start to experience stinging or itching when using one of these remedies, remove them immediately.