Even if you don’t suffer from problems like Eczema, Scalp Acne, or Dandruff, you can still have an itchy scalp. Since your scalp is covered with skin, it can become dry and irritated just like the rest of your body. Try these home remedies for an itchy scalp to relieve the discomfort.
Although there are several different products on the store shelves that claim to treat itchy scalps, homemade treatments will work just as well and involve no chemicals or toxins going onto your scalp. There are several reasons why you may have an itchy scalp.
It could be due to naturally dry skin on your scalp, not washing off your shampoo or conditioner completely, or an allergic reaction to a harsh chemical that may be in a product that you may use on your hair. Don’t just ignore your itchy scalp and suffer through it. Use one of the home remedies listed below and you can be itch-free in no time.
1. Eucalyptus Oil
Mix a small amount of eucalyptus oil with your regular shampoo. Wash your hair as you normally would, making sure to completely remove all of the shampoos from your hair.
The eucalyptus oil will help to soothe the itching on your scalp. It will also help remove bacteria from your scalp and hair that also may be causing the itchy scalp.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Wash your hair with a regular shampoo, avoid any special shampoos that may have harsh chemicals that you do not need to put on your scalp.
Mix two parts apple cider vinegar to 1 part water. You can add some essential oils like lavender to help your hair smell fresh if you wish. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it into the scalp well.
Leave the mixture on your hair for at least 24 hours before you wash your hair again. For best results use unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
3. Chamomile Tea
You can find chamomile tea in most local grocery stores. Make a cup of chamomile tea as you would with any other tea. Allow the chamomile tea to completely cool. Spray or apply some of the chamomile tea to the scalp.
Concentrate on the sections of the scalp that are the itchiest. The chamomile tea helps to soothe the skin and will help any sores that you may have from your itchy scalp.
Using oatmeal on your scalp may sound messy, but it will help your itchy scalp. And it’s only the water from the oatmeal, not the actual oatmeal that you apply to your scalp. Boil six cups of water in a large saucepan and slowly add 10 tablespoons of rolled oats to the water.
Simmer the oats for approximately half an hour, paying close attention not to burn them. Strain the water from the oats into a bowl and add essential oil, such as rosemary or lavender.
Apply the oatmeal water to your scalp and gently massage it into the scalp. Leave it on your scalp for approximately 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
5. Natural Shampoo and Cleanliness
There are several different shampoos out on the natural market and contain no chemicals. Try one of these natural shampoos, or wash your hair with coconut milk instead of your regular shampoo.
The research examined the effect of shampoos including zinc pyrithione on histamine levels. Participants with scalp itch who used zinc pyrithione shampoo had a meaningful reduction in histamine levels and itch intensity.
Many times, an itchy scalp is caused by the harsh chemicals in your shampoo. Other tips are to make sure that your hairbrushes and clips are all clean to prevent any dust or bacteria from getting on your scalp.
6. Use Tea Tree Oil
Another homemade treatment for an itchy scalp is to use tea tree oil. Finding a shampoo that contains this natural antiseptic is your best bet. Tea Tree Oil will cleanse, invigorate, and moisturize your hair and itchy scalp.
7.Dehydrate Your Hair and Scalp
Dry, winter weather, curling irons and blow dryers can also dehydrate your hair and scalp. And a dry scalp can mean annoying itchiness.
To remedy this problem, mix up a homemade moisturizer: one-quarter cup of milk, honey, and olive oil will do the trick. Apply some of this mixture onto your dry hair and massage it into your scalp.
Let it remain there for thirty to sixty minutes. Then, wash your hair as normal. Dry your hair with a thick, absorbent towel, then let it finish air-drying.
And finally, another homemade treatment for an itchy scalp is to use peppermint oil. Mix up a solution of a couple of drops of peppermint oil and a cup of water.
Pour this into a spray bottle, shake, and then spritz your scalp. Gently massage your scalp for a couple of minutes, then rinse.
The peppermint oil with help hydrate your scalp and hair. It will also invigorate your head and leave it feeling tingly clean.