How to stop itchy scalp
Scratching your head a bit too often? Noticing tiny flakes? Before you reach for the dandruff shampoo, check out these simple solutions to help stop your scalp from itching.
7 Ways to sort out your itchy scalp
- If you have oily flakes, and red, greasy patches covered with white or yellow scales on your scalp (or even elsewhere), you have seborrheic dermatitis
- It’s caused by a yeast germ that feeds on excess sebum and triggered by an allergic response to stress, cosmetics or foods.
- A lack of hygiene may set the condition off as well, but you’d have to be pretty grubby for that to be the case.
- It can come and go and is treatable with dandruff shampoos but you have to use them consistently for dandruff to stay away
Switch your shampoo
- Shampoos with the surfactants (detergents) sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate (both SLS for short) may be satisfyingly sudsy,
- Switching to beauty formulas tea tree shampoo can stop you scratching in a matter of days.
Give it a rinse
- Always finish your shampoo and conditioning session with a cool water rinse
- And make it last as long as it takes for the entire product to be gone which is when your hair is, quite literally, squeaky.
Don’t get stuck with glue
- Glue or resin-type ingredients (you’ll find them in loads of hairsprays as well as volumizing and curl-boosting styling products) may suffocate the scalp as well if they’re not washed out regularly.
- As with the skin on any other part of the body, a dry, tight feeling can be due to a lack of moisture and oils,
- Both in your diet and applied topically Eat plenty of healthy fats (nuts, avocados, oily fish) and invest in regular oil treatments for your hair and scalp.
Don’t wig out
- Limit your wearing of hats or wigs as much as possible
- Overdoing it can cause a lack of oxygen to the scalp and cause a variety of scalp problems
Brush your hair
- If you’ve tried all of the above and your scalp still flakes, you have dandruff,
- Which basically means that your scalp is over-producing new skin cells and shedding an excess of old ones?
- If you don’t regularly brush your hair and scalp, try doing this daily, as it aids the shedding of skin cells and can in some cases improve the situation