An itchy scalp can be a complete nightmare. I know, I´ve suffered from it myself! You try all sorts of shampoos, and still that itchy scalp keeps bothering you. There are lots of reasons why your scalp may be affected, and you may have to try a variety of methods before you find the one that works. Here are some helpful hints to show you how to help an itchy scalp.
1. Avoid Sodium Laureth Sulphate
Sodium Laureth Sulphate is notorious for causing a reaction. Unfortunately, it´s in just about every shampoo on the market. When I was researching how to help an itchy scalp for myself, I read about SLS, and decided to look for a shampoo that did not contain it. The results have been very effective. No more itch!
If you´re into alternative remedies, and prefer to avoid using harsh chemical products, try treating your itchy scalp with oils. You can use tea tree, lavender or eucalyptus oil, but do remember that if using essential oils (i.e., concentrated ones), they must be diluted. Olive oil and coconut oil are also worth trying.
Some believe that an itchy scalp is caused by anxiety. You scratch because of the itch, which makes the condition worse, so you scratch more … vicious circle. If you have stress in your life (and most of us do), it´s worth trying relaxation techniques to see if that helps.
4. Head Lice
Just seeing the words is enough to make you itch! Head lice are a very common cause of an itchy scalp, especially among children. However, it can also happen to adults, and it has nothing to do with a lack of cleanliness. You can try treatments from the drugstore or natural alternativess such as tea tree oil, but if the problem doesn´t clear up see your doctor for a prescription treatment.
5. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is awesome for skin conditions and itching. If you have a plant, you just need to break off a leaf and apply the aloe vera directly to your scalp. Or you can buy the gel in tubes. Leave on your scalp for 10 minutes before rinsing off.
6. Baking Soda
Baking soda is another natural – and very cheap – solution to itching. It´s good for insect bites, among other things. To treat an itchy scalp, make a paste with baking soda and water, and leave for 30 mins before rinsing. Do NOT answer the door during this time!
Your diet can also be a source of ways to help your itchy scalp. Zinc and iron are good for hair, as are vitamins A, B and C. Also include essential fatty acids, which can be found in fish like salmon and tuna, as well as flax seeds and walnuts.
8. Herbal Cures
Rosemary isn´t just tasty in cooking, it´s great for hair health as well. Make an infusion of rosemary and camomile, using camomile tea bags and some sprigs of rosemary. Leave to cool, strain to remove the rosemary sprigs, and use as a rinse after shampooing.
Now I´ve shown you how to help an itchy scalp, hopefully this irritating problem will be a thing of the past! You may have to try various tactics before you hit on the one that works for you. Do you know any effective and natural ways of dealing with an itchy scalp?
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