Itchy scalp is not only uncomfortable and embarrassing in public, but can even spell disaster for your hair quality because it frequently leads to hair loss. The good news is that you can easily remedy itchy scalp without spending a lot of money. We bring you here a collection of homemade treatments, ingredients for which are readily available around you.
Itchy scalp causes
Understanding what might lead to or aggravate itchy scalp conditions will help you deal with the problem better. Itchy scalp reasons include dandruff, dry scalp, sebaceous cysts, excessive anxiety, poor hair care and fungal or viral infections.
Exposure to extreme climatic conditions and over-use of chemical products- shampoos, colors, chemical straighteners etc. can also lead to a dry and itchy scalp.
Styling your hair excessively or frequently can also lead to itchy scalp.
A poor diet that’s low in important nutrients can lead to dry scalp. Eat a diet that’s rich in fatty acids, vitamins A, B,C and zinc to remedy itchy scalp from within.
Tea Tree Oil
Add 10-20 drops of tea tree oil to half cup baby shampoo and apply it daily till your condition improves. Alternatively, dilute 2-3 drops of it in one tablespoon of vegetable oil and massage the mixture onto your scalp to relieve itchy scalp quick. The important thing to remember is you must always dilute tea tree oil before applying it to your scalp.
Heat extra virgin olive oil (olive oil that isn’t processed) and gently massage onto your scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and after rinse off thoroughly.
Nourishes and moisturizes the scalp. For best results, massage the oil into your scalp 10 minutes prior to a shampoo.
Once a week, massage about one quarter size amount of jojoba oil into your scalp for a few minutes- its molecular structure comes closest to your natural sebum, which is why it makes for an excellent hydrating itchy scalp treatment.
Coconut oil keeps skin moisturized. Heat coconut oil and add it to your shampoo before washing your hair for relief from itchy scalp.
Aloe Vera gel
Spread some fresh aloe vera gel onto your scalp and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes, then wash off with a mild shampoo.
Apple cider vinegar
The same rule that applies to tea tree oil applies here. Dilute apple cider vinegar before using. Rinse your scalp with water and let it dry. Then mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar with water and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray on your scalp and leave it for a few minutes. Shampoo off with normal water.
First rub some olive oil into your scalp. Then apply a paste of baking soda and water to your scalp and let it soak for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with water- Baking soda exfoliates the scalp and controls dandruff caused by fungi.
Its antiseptic properties make it one of the best itchy scalp cures. Apply fresh lemon juice thoroughly on the scalp (You can even add some yoghurt or honey to it). Leave on for a few minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo. Remember, never use lemon on broken, irritated skin as it may aggravate the problem.
Avocado and banana
Mash and mix two bananas and one avocado, apply to your scalp and hair, leave on for half hour and then rinse thoroughly. The nourishing and moisturizing properties of the duo will do wonders to your scalp and hair.