If you often scratch your itchy scalp and believe that it makes you look like you are thinking about a solution to a very difficult problem, then think twice. Constant scratching your head is unsightly and makes it obvious that you are suffering from a skin disease. Whatever causes the itchiness on your scalp should be addressed immediately as the infection that affects the skin on your head may spread to other parts of your body and pose a health hazard.
Why does my scalp get itchy?
The list of factors that can cause itchy scalp is quite long and includes dry skin, dandruff, fungus, bacterial infection, ringworm, lice, psoriasis, dermatitis, wrong diet and inappropriate hair products. In order to choose the right treatment for your scalp condition, it is crucial that you define what the underlying problem of your itchy scalp is. If the symptoms indicate various problems, contact a dermatologist who will be able to give you the correct diagnosis and recommend the right treatment. If you know the reason for your itchy scalp and want to treat it with some natural home remedies, there is a wide range of products that can bring you relief.
Home remedies for itchy scalp
Its soothing properties make aloe vera a widely used ingredient in the products designed to treat various types of skin damage and irritation. Aloe vera kills bacteria and fungus as well as moisturises and regenerates the skin. On top of that, it acts as a gentle exfoliator so it removes the dead skin cells. If you look for a quick relief for itchy scalp, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and rinse it well. Take a teaspoon of aloe vera gel or natural aloe vera pulp and rub it into your scalp. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse your skin with lukewarm water. Repeat this process every day and after a week, you will notice a great improvement in the condition of your scalp.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, therefore makes a perfect remedy for various skin problems that cause itchy scalp. In the most common form it’s highly concentrated and if you have a sensitive skin, you might have to dilute it before use. Otherwise, you can apply it directly on the affected skin, rub it in with circular motions and leave it on for an hour, then rinse it off with warm water. If you feel like undiluted tea tree oil causes a further itchiness or even a burning sensation, mix equal amounts of tea tree oil and olive oil or almond oil and then apply it to your scalp. Olive oil will give you the extra effect of skin regeneration and it will nourish your hair.
In case you have a very sensitive skin and even diluted tea tree oil causes discomfort, simply add a few drops to the water that you use to rinse your hair after shampooing. Make sure all the shampoo is washed off first before you rinse your hair with the tea tree solution. It’s supposed to stay on your scalp and heal it gradually.
Unlike tea tree oil, this product is very gentle on your skin, but highly effective at the same time. Coconut oil kills fungus and bacteria, moisturises the scalp and reduces the symptoms of irritation and redness. If your scalp condition is caused by a bacterial infection of the hair follicles, called folliculitis, coconut oil will deal with it in no time. Heat the coconut oil a bit before the application in order to boost its effectiveness and to make it easier to massage it into the scalp. Rub the oil into the skin and wrap your head with a towel. Leave it on for an hour and rinse off with warm water. If you don’t have oily hair and are not afraid that the coconut oil will make it look greasy and heavy, you can leave the product on for the night to maximise the results. Repeat the procedure every two days for two weeks and when you notice the reduction of the itchy scalp symptoms, continue the treatment once a week for a month in order to prevent the problem from recurring.
Sesame oil moisturises and soothes the skin as well as works antiseptically. It relieves the symptoms of itchy scalp, especially if it’s caused by dry skin, dandruff or a bacterial infection. Rubbing sesame oil into your scalp helps lock the moisture in and boost the skin regeneration process. To get rid of itchiness on your scalp, take a tablespoon of sesame oil, rub it gently into the skin on your head and leave it on for 10 minutes. For best results, heat the oil before use or wrap your head after the application with a towel soaked in hot water.