Are you sick of your dry, itchy scalp? You feel uncomfortable and are constantly reaching to scratch your head. The solution is to maintain a healthy scalp.
Poor scalp health is typically what leads to irritation and flaking. The idea is to clean your scalp but still maintain its natural moisture without letting your hair be greasy. Read on to find our advice on how to care for your scalp and get rid of dry, itchy scalp for good.
WHY DOES DRY SCALP ITCH? WHAT CAN CAUSE DRY ITCHY SCALP?
Dry itchy scalp can be caused by dandruff, ringworm or even a bacterial infection.
- Yeast is typically found on your scalp. Its overgrowth causes inflammation and excess skin cell growth. Due to this the scalp gets irritated and leads to itching and flaking. This could be dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis.
- Dandruff is when you have dry, itchy, flaking scalp. If there is inflammation in addition to this then it is seborrheic dermatitis.
- Inflammatory foods can also cause dry, itchy scalp. Foods such as sugar, peanuts, soy, dairy, processed foods, all cause inflammation and have fungus-causing attributes.
- Chemicals present in your shampoo and conditioner can also contribute to this problem. Other hair products like gels, sprays, etc also contain chemicals which can cause an allergic reaction in your scalp.
- Other causes of an itchy scalp could be ringworm (which is basically the fungus extending into the hair follicle), psoriasis and head lice.
CAN DRY SHAMPOO CAUSE ITCHY SCALP?
People use dry shampoo to clean their hair as it absorbs the grease and oil. While it is a handy product for when you are low on time, what it really does is that dry shampoo can cause buildup on the scalp leading to itchy, flaking scalp.
If you don’t wash out the dry shampoo properly and regularly and your scalp is not clean, over a period of time it could also lead to hair loss.
CAN DRY ITCHY SCALP CAUSE HAIR THINNING/HAIR LOSS?
In some cases, itchy scalp can cause hair thinning. This usually occurs due to the use of products with harsh chemicals, scratching the scalp and pulling the strands. Stress caused by this condition can also lead to hair loss.
You should use clarifying shampoo once a week to remove all the buildup on your scalp from your regular shampoo and other hair products.
In case it does not help, you should see a doctor who can check for deficiencies in your blood which is leading to hair falling out.
HOW TO TREAT DRY ITCHY SCALP?
Depending on the type of problem and its severity, the solution for dry itchy scalp could lie with antimicrobial therapy, over the counter products or simply natural remedies.
There are certain natural remedies that you can try:
TEA TREE OIL
Also known as melaleuca, tea tree oil has antimicrobial abilities. It can fight bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It also helps in relieving inflammatory symptoms.
You could find a tea tree oil shampoo or add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo.
Another way is to massage clean hair with base oil which has a few drops of tea tree oil added to it. Leave it overnight and wash off the next day with a tea tree shampoo.
Some essential oils contain antimicrobial properties which can help treat the problem and reduce inflammation. Make sure to go for 100% pure cold-pressed oils in this case.
Oils like thyme, lavender, lemongrass, cypress, eucalyptus, tea tree, neem, jojoba, all help in fighting yeast and fungus.
Mix a few drops of essential oil into a base oil like coconut oil and massage on the scalp.
Argan oil is quite popular among hair care experts for its nourishing and moisturizing properties. It is also said to be useful in the treatment of psoriasis.
Massage your scalp with argan oil and leave overnight. Rinse in the morning.
You should use argan oil at least once a week for scalp massage.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
A lot of people use ACV rinse for shiny hair but did you know that it can also be used to fight dandruff-causing fungus and to provide relief from itchiness.
Mix equal parts water and ACV and massage onto the scalp. You can repeat this for a week to see if there is any improvement in your condition.
Another home remedy that has helped many is onion. It has anti-microbial properties and can help reduce inflammation.
Peel and grate the onion. Squeeze out its juice and apply on the scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse with shampoo.
This is a tough one to do owing to the onion’s pungent smell and the fact that it is literally going to make you cry!
HAIR MASK/ SCALP MASK
Certain natural hair/scalp masks can help with restoring the scalp’s oil balance and heal dry scalp.
Avocado, banana and honey masks are great for this purpose. Combine these 3 mashed together and apply to hair/scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes. Then wash off with a shampoo suitable for dry, itchy scalp.
For more, check out DIY hair masks for healthy hair.
As with many other problems in the human body, the right diet can solve the problem of dry itchy scalp too.
Fungus tends to be inflamed if you are eating the wrong kind of food. Avoid eating inflammatory foods – sugar, gluten, soy, dairy, alcohol, etc. Instead eat antifungal foods such as garlic, avocado, ginger, coconut oil, flaxseed, etc.
If natural remedies don’t help, you can always go for drugstore products.
In order to treat itchy scalp, you need a shampoo that contains zinc. We recommend this zinc shampoo by DJS that can help provide relief from itching and calm inflamed skin.
Another shampoo that promises to help ease itchiness and do away with dry skin is Scalp Revival from Briogeo. Charcoal will help exfoliate the scalp while coconut oil will help prevent dryness. It also contains a unique spearmint, peppermint, and tea tree oil complex which will help calm the scalp and reduce flaking.
If you are looking for natural hair care product, try 100% Pure Healthy Scalp shampoo that gently cleanses the scalp without stripping it of its natural moisture. It also helps in relieving itching and flaking.
- Avoid sharing hair brushes and combs with anyone as fungal infection of the scalp can easily be transmitted through these tools.
- Don’t over wash your hair. This can lead to stripping the scalp of its natural oils and it further aggravates the dry scalp problem.
- If the problem is severe, one that cannot be helped with diet and simple products, then consult a doctor.
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