If your itchy scalp is the result of a bacterial infection, you can treat it with lemon juice. It does not only kill bacteria but also removes dead skin cells and gives your skin a boost of vitamin C, which is necessary for regenerating and strengthening the skin. Since lemon juice has a high concentration of acids, you shouldn’t use it on the scalp that’s broken as it will cause stinging on the vulnerable skin. You can use lemon juice to treat your itchy scalp similarly to tea tree oil. Either apply it directly on the scalp and rinse it off after 15 minutes or prepare a solution of ¼ cup of lemon juice and 2 cups of water. Use this mix to rinse your head after shampooing and rinsing it with clean water.
Baking soda is a very popular ingredient of numerous home and pharmaceutical remedies due to its versatile properties. When you use it as a remedy for itchy scalp, it exfoliates the dead skin cells, reduces dandruff, kills bacteria and fungi that cause infections and regulates the pH of your skin. The easiest way to use soda in order to relieve the symptoms of an itchy scalp is to prepare a rinse of 4 tablespoons of soda and 4 cups of water. Shampoo your hair, wash off the foam with clean water, then rinse it with the baking soda solution. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with warm water.
Alternatively, you can prepare a paste of 3 tablespoons of soda and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix the ingredients well until you get a paste. If necessary, add a few more drops of olive oil or water. Apply the paste to the areas that are itchy or simply massage it into the entire scalp. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse well. Repeat the procedure once a day until you notice a significant reduction of all the symptoms.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is often recommended by hairdressers as a product that cleanses, disinfects, exfoliates and conditions the hair and scalp. It does not only heal infections and relieve itchiness but also leaves the hair silky and shiny. It has such a wide range of properties that you can actually forget about all the other remedies. That is, if only you can handle the smell of vinegar and if your scalp is not broken.
Prepare a mix of equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and either apply it to your skin with a cotton ball or rinse the hair and scalp with it. Leave it on and wrap your head with a towel. After an hour, take the towel off and first rinse the hair with warm water, then with a stream of cold water. This will both provide a further relief from the itchy scalp syndromes and give your hair a beautiful shine.
In order to prevent the recurrence of itchy scalp syndromes, put some of the water and apple cider vinegar solution into a spray bottle and once a week spritz your hair with it before bedtime.
An alternative method of improving your scalp condition through the use of apple cider vinegar is adding it to your food, e.g salads and dips or drinking 2 tablespoons of vinegar dissolved in a glass of water every day.
Banana and Avocado Mask
In case the itchiness of your scalp is caused by dandruff and dryness, you might want to try some natural moisturisers to relieve the symptoms. If you’ve ever tried a banana and avocado mask on your face, you know how well it nourishes and moisturises the skin. The good news is that it does the same great job when applied on the scalp and the hair. To make a banana and avocado mask, mash one banana and half an avocado. Choose ripe fruits so that it’s easier to blend them together into a smooth paste. Apply the mask on your scalp and hair and leave it on for 30 minutes. You can cover it with a shower cap to avoid any potential mess. Rinse it off with warm water, then shampoo your hair as usual.
For an extra antibacterial or antifungal effect, you can add a tablespoon of organic oil to the mask.
How to avoid itchy scalp
Once you get rid of itchy scalp syndromes, you should take proper care of the skin on your head so that the problem doesn’t come back.
Try Various Hair Products
Many of us are used to certain haircare brands and are not very willing to try products different to the ones we know well. However, using the same shampoo, conditioner, hair gel etc. may result in a build-up of harmful chemicals from those products on our scalp. Every few weeks you should try to change at least the shampoo or perform a deep cleansing on your hair and scalp by applying the baking soda treatment described above.