If you’re a victim of an itchy scalp, I’m sure you can agree it’s the most annoying feeling in the world. This time of year it seems like many of us are suffering, with how dry the air gets in the winter. Therefore, with the dry season officially upon us, I am here to give you all my special remedies on how to deal with an irritated scalp!
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you think about it, it’s only fitting that when dealing with an itchy scalp (which usually occurs during the winter season), a seasonal beverage is the solution. However, in this case - instead of drinking it, we’re going to put it on our heads. Sounds fun, right?
Apple cider vinegar is a great anti-inflammatory that effectively kills the varying elements that are causing itchiness on your scalp. Especially helpful when dealing with dandruff, this remedy will ultimately soothe your irritated skin, as well as act as a leave-in conditioner, giving your hair a little extra shine.
Switch your shampoo and rinse with cold water
This one might sound obvious, but it could be time to try switching your shampoo brand or opting for a higher quality one. Sometimes the problems our body has are easier to fix than we think, therefore it might be better to take the less complicated route by simply switching shampoos, rather than immediately throwing bananas and avocados on our heads in a home remedy frenzy. There are numerous reasons why certain shampoos can be irritating to our scalps, but in my opinion it’s better run a quick trial and error than to just start jumping to conclusions. Although I do realize many have already tried every shampoo under the sun while still not seeing any results, but for those of you who haven’t, it might be time to try and switch it up!
If you’re using products that are causing buildup on your scalp, this can also be some of the cause of the itching. Incorporating a clarifying shampoo into your routine every so often can help to make sure your hair is healthy and your scalp stays itch-free.
Additionally, on top of the shampoo that might not be the right fit, we also tend to rinse them out under extremely warm water. This is a difficult tip (especially in the winter time), but rinsing your hair in cooler water will help decrease the chances of your scalp getting further irritated by harsh hot temperatures.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree oil (which is also good for dandruff) is one of my favorite remedies, because it’s both easy to use, and easy to find.
Massaging a couple drops of this essential oil into your itchy scalp has been found to help relieve the many irritations, or redness that is occurring. Much like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil is full of different anti-inflammatory elements that can provide instant relief, such as an anti-fungal property. Ultimately, this remedy is a win win, as it will not only relax your scalp, but will relax your body with it’s natural calming scent that essential oils are notorious for!
There are also now many brands that have created tea tree oil shampoos, so you can look out for one from your favorite brand. I personally have used and liked Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Line.
Unfortunately, sometimes it might just be good old fashion anxiety that’s making your skin feel funky. For instance, studies have shown that stress has been known to increase eczema as well as irritate the skin, which can lead to an over-itchy scalp. However, by practicing some relaxation exercises, such as meditation, you can learn to keep your mind in control and at ease, thus minimizing your sensitive scalp.
Personally, I have practiced this step, and have seen this to be true. When I do yoga or meditate, my whole body feels healthier, including my skin. I’ve found that even so much as taking just 5 minutes to yourself a day can ease the body!