From stress to temperature changes, an itchy scalp can arise for a number of reasons. This is a frustrating and, at times, embarrassing problem so what can you do about it? Well, this blog has a range of simple tips that should help including information on beneficial products and day-to-day care.
What causes an itchy scalp?
When it comes to the problem of an itchy scalp, dandruff is probably the most common cause. This issue comes about as a result of excess skin cells which occasionally build up on the scalp. An itchy scalp is usually accompanied by flaking skin but the problem does not extend beyond the head.
Another common cause of itchiness on the scalp is allergies so if the issue has suddenly sprung up, this is something else to think about. Have you changed you shampoo recently? Do you allow your pet in your room? Any number of things could cause irritation and if you already have sensitive skin, it could extend to your scalp to cause itching there.
As well as these things, lice, product build up and skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and dry skin frequently cause itching on the scalp, as well as redness and flaking skin. Therefore, if you should experience a persistent itchy scalp, before you rush in to tackle the issue, it’s important to work out what’s causing it in the first place.
Choose your shampoo carefully
We all know that shampoo influences the state of the hair but it also impacts the health of your scalp too. Therefore, if you are suffering from an itchy scalp it can really pay to choose your shampoo carefully.
Many popular shampoos make use of harsh, artificial ingredients including alcohol and perfume which, over time, can strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils. This leaves the area feeling dry and as a result itchiness may become more prominent. So, to avoid this I’d recommend opting for a natural shampoo that is specifically aimed at those with an itchy scalp.
Green People’s Itch Away Shampoo fulfils these requirements as it is made with aloe vera, pineapple and tea tree and absolutely no SLS, alcohol or parabens. Pineapple enzymes guard against the build-up of dead skins cells whilst tea tree has antibacterial and antiseptic actions. Therefore, together this helps to relieve an itchy, flaky and irritated scalp.
If you fail to get rid of all the shampoo and conditioner that is piled into your hair day after day then this can contribute to itchiness on the scalp. That’s because the remnants of these products prevent the skin cells from shedding as they normally would so dandruff (a build-up of excess skin cells) becomes problematic. To help avoid this I’d recommend you rinse your hair thoroughly at the end of each shower or bath but also don’t forget to use your shampoo and conditioner sparingly in the first place.
Try argan oil
Argan oil is pressed from kernels produced by the argan tree and, for a whole number of reasons, it is one of the best skin and hair care products out there. First of all, argan oil is rich in omega 3 which softens and rejuvenates the hair however, not only that, it also contains vitamin E which is really good for the health of the skin.
Although there are many products on the market that contain argan oil, many of these also make use of additional ingredients such alcohol and fragrances which, as I’ve already mentioned, can be problematic. John Masters’ Argan Oil on the other hand, is made using 100% organically certified argan oil and has absolutely no other added ingredients. So, if you want to try out this wonderful ingredient for yourself, this is the place to start!
Here I have given just a few simple suggestions to help address the problem of an itchy scalp but did you know there are even more natural ways to tackle the issue? For more information on this and the problem of dandruff itself you could have a look at my blog ‘How do you get rid of dandruff?’. After reading this you’ll discover that, from coconut oil to apple cider, there is a whole list of things you can use to tackle dandruff and an itchy scalp.