We all get an itchy scalp from time to time, and there are varying reasons why. Stress, anxiety or a poor diet can cause an itchy scalp as can poor hair care, fungus or a viral infection. You may also experience dandruff or sebaceous cysts. All of these can result in an irritated and itchy scalp. What can you do when you have an itchy scalp to help relieve the symptoms? Here are some tips on how to deal with an itchy scalp.
See a Doctor
If you can’t determine why your scalp is itching and it has lasted more than a week, you should see a doctor. Knowing what condition exists and getting treatment is the first step to dealing with an itchy scalp.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is great for treating an itchy scalp. It is a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent that helps keep your scalp healthy and can treat itch when it is present. You can apply tea tree oil directly to your scalp or you can add 20 – 30 drops of tea tree oil to a baby shampoo or a clear clarifying shampoo and wash your hair with it for two to three weeks.
Lemon juice, baking soda, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil are all great home remedies for an itchy scalp. Lemon juice and vinegar have anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help with dandruff and general dry scalp. Baking soda is an exfoliator that assists in controlling dandruff and itch. Coconut oil is a protectorate. It nourishes the scalp while protecting it from outside pollutants. These can all be massaged into the scalp, left on for fifteen minutes, and rinsed thoroughly.
Change of Hair Products
A change of hair products is sometimes all you need in order to deal with an itchy scalp. Hair styling products, shampoo detergents and conditioners tend to build up in our hair. Changing to a different brand or using a hair clarifying shampoo for just two weeks allows for the buildup to be stripped away leaving very clean hair and a clean scalp. Try to eliminate any products that contain alcohol because they can dry your scalp and cause itching. In addition, use a good quality conditioner on your hair. If you are going to splurge on any hair care product, it should be on a good conditioner.
A diet high in protein and iron is good for your hair. Lean meats, fish, and green leafy vegetables are always good sources of vitamins and minerals that are good for your hair and scalp. Drinking plenty of water keeps your body and scalp hydrated which helps protect it from dryness, dandruff and other infections. Taking a high quality multivitamin with biotin is also great for your hair and scalp. You may also consider taking a vitamin E and a vitamin D supplement to help your scalp health.
These are some easy tips on how to deal with an itchy scalp. Using these tips can help you alleviate that embarrassing itch and have you feeling better in no time.