An itchy scalp with flaky skin doesn’t have to mean an automatic case of dandruff. Dermatitis, eczema, a fungal infection, psoriasis and stress can all be cause of the itchiness.
Adding harsh shampoos and chemicals to your hair will dry it out, make it frizz and may make the problem worse. What you really need is to find a remedy that won’t kill your hair as it treats the itch. Be sure to figure out the source of your itchy scalp first; but once that’s done, here are 5+ home remedies you can try to soothe your itchy scalp.
1. Shampoos. One of the most basic things to do, according to Healthline, is to pick up some shampoo that has been formulated for whatever problem is causing your itchy scalp. Ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione and salicylic acid have all been proven to help and actually attack the itch problem at the root.
2. Olive oil. If you want to avoid chemicals and are really only concerned about relief, NDTV FOOD suggest trying olive oil. It’s moisturizing and contains anti-inflammatory properties. Warm the oil for about seven seconds before applying it directly to the scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap to keep from getting the oil on your pillow. Leave the oil on overnight, and rinse it out in the morning. Do this twice a week.
3. Aloe vera gel. According to Head and Shoulders, aloe vera is soothing. Often you will notice immediate relief. Whether it will actually solve the root issue or not is not for certain, but you will find short-term relief. You can apply the gel directly to your scalp or add it to your favorite shampoo so that it is used daily.
4. Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is thought to help with dandruff. Healthline offers two options for use. You can use peppermint tea as a rinse or you can cut peppermint oil with a carrier oil and massage it into your scalp before shampooing.
5. Coconut oil. NDTV FOOD shares that coconut oil is very hydrating. It’s also an anti-fungal, so if a fungus is the cause of your itch, this may work. Warm the oil for 10 seconds before using. Massage it into your scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.
6. Tea tree oil. Medical News Today states that tea tree oil may help with dandruff, although the research is rather old. Because of how harsh this is on your skin, you should never use tea tree oil undiluted. Cut it with a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil first. You could also add it to your shampoo. To be effective against dandruff, your shampoo needs to have a concentration of at least 5 percent tea tree oil.
7. Relaxation. For cases of scalp itch that are caused by stress, Healthline recommends some good, old-fashioned relaxation. Yoga, tai-chi, reading a good book, taking a walk — anything that helps you relax and shed your stress will help.
8. Apple cider vinegar. A remedy that you should use with great caution is apple cider vinegar. Head and Shoulders points out that the acidity of the vinegar can actually work against your body, so only rinse your hair with the vinegar, never let it sit. The vinegar may also be too harsh for your skin, so exercise caution.
Don’t be embarrassed by an itchy scalp. Take action with these easy home remedies and kiss the itch goodbye.