by Ariane of BlackNaps.org
One of the most annoying things is an itch that just won’t quit. If you find yourself constantly doing that old head pat to relieve the itchies, you might want to look into the reasons why you are getting an itchy scalp in the first place.
Here are some common causes of an itchy scalp and solutions for relief:
#1 Product Buildup
You might be over doing it a little too much with your products. So much so that your scalp can’t breathe and in return you are getting an itch from clogged up pores.
Clarify: Use a clarifying shampoo or you can clarifying using a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar or water and lemon juice.
#2 You are allergic to something that you have been using
Unknowingly, you may be agitating your scalp by using something that is not agreeing with you. This can be a hair product or even from extension hair (more about: why braiding hair could be making your scalp itch).
Simplify the products that you are using and keep a journal of what you are using along with your scalp’s reaction to determine what may be the culprit.
#3 You have a dandruff issue
Dandruff is a common issue that many of us face and could be the cause of why you have an itchy scalp. Especially if you are seeing flakes along with your itch this could be why your scalp itches.
Use dandruff shampoos like Head and Shoulders or Selsun Blue. You can also try shampoos that have tea tree in it, like Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Shampoo or Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo. Many recommended using oils for dandruff, but research suggests that this could further exacerbate the problem.
#4 You are using something that is too potent
If you like to try DIY products that ingredients like Apple Cider Vinegar or even Rosemary Oil, you must dilute them. If they aren’t diluted these ingredients are much too potent and will cause scalp irritation, you may even get scabbing if you are not too careful.
Ingredients such as Apple Cider Vinegar need to be diluted in water. Which means If you have 8oz of water, you may only need two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Essential oils like Rosemary Oil or Lavender must be diluted in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil.
#5 You could have a skin condition like Psoriasis or Eczema
If you have eliminated all of the above causes for why your scalp could be itching and none of them have worked it is possible that you may have a skin condition.
Book a trip to your dermatologist so they can evaluate. They can prescribe topical creams that may help keep the issue under control.