Updated: Mar 3
An itchy scalp could be caused by many factors starting with dandruff, dry skin, stress, migraines, weather change & hormones. Some causes of an itchy scalp need medical attention such as psoriasis, shingles, ringworm & diabetes. Consult with your doctor if you experience pain, swelling or open sores.
1. Chill Out
Stress is a big cause of many skin conditions. Create more time for self care. Meditate, do breath work, workout, take a bath or go to bed earlier. There are so many ways to take care of YOU. You can't take care of other people unless you take care of yourself first.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibacterial, anti fungal & anti-inflammatory. Try diluting apple cider vinegar in water & using it as a rinse after you shampoo in the shower. Pureology makes a rinse that also adds shine to your hair & doesn't smell too vinegar-y (if that wasn't a word before, it is now!).
3. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil can be effective in calming your itch by reducing dandruff and soothing your scalp. Dilute with coconut or another carrier oil and massage into your scalp before you shampoo. You can also try using peppermint tea as a rinse similar to the apple cider vinegar rinse mentioned above.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Similar to peppermint oil, tea tree oil is a good anti inflammatory, anti fungal, antimicrobial & an antiseptic. Dilute & massage directly on your scalp before shampooing or mix 10-20 drops in your shampoo. I choose to only use Young Living essential oils. They're all over my house but that's a post for another day.
5. Scalp Treatment
Coconut & Olive oil are great for your scalp. Put a small amount of either of these oils on your scalp as an overnight treatment at least once a month to nourish & moisturize your scalp. I suggest purchasing a dropper bottle like this one then fill it with Nutiva Liquid Coconut Oil.
6. Check Your Shampoo
Make sure your shampoo contains zinc, xlyitol, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, willow bark extract, coal tar or ketoconazole. All which aid in exfoliating dry skin & moisturize your scalp.
7. Wash Your Hair More
Usually I'm behind the chair telling people to wash their hair less to save their strands but in this case I'm saying the opposite. Your itchy scalp could be caused by not washing ENOUGH. As oil builds up & sits on your scalp dandruff can build up & start to itch. This is more common in people who are more active or are more prone to an oily scalp. So use your better judgement & wash if your hair is dirty