Do you feel if you don’t scratch your itchy scalp now, you are going to bang your head against a wall? And when you do it, you know that’s only a temporary relief from the itching (and it’s so frustrating!). At the same time you are engaging in a vicious cycle of itching and scratching which can seriously infect the skin of your scalp by transferring germs from your fingers and nails.
It’s not a dead end. You have the choice to do something, to experiment cautiously until you find that “holy” hair remedy for the trouble on your head.
Why do you have an itchy scalp? Identify your problem.
If you don’t have serious symptoms, then you could address it by yourself.
But if the problem worsens or if you are dealing with a much severe issue, then I strongly advise you to seek for a professional help. Go and see a dermatologist because an oily or dry scalp can be itchy when it undergoes some allergic, bacterial and fungus reactions on it. Usually itching comes hand in hand with dandruff, in common scalp disorders.
However, if you don’t have a snowy head, then maybe your itching habit is attached to stress and anxiety.
Stop a minute and think; is it possible you are relieving your anxiety through scratching your head? I know firsthand! (been there, done that). The remedy which I propose here, is what I generally use when that unwanted itchy guest pays me a visit. I understand you don’t really want to scratch, but it’s somehow compulsory. Deal with your stress and find a way out. It’s not easy, but it’s possible.
There are plenty of reasons why your scalp is itching.
Here, I am focusing on itching without any other obvious symptoms and what you can easily do to find some quick relief. You can also benefit if you are experiencing a scalp condition, like psoriasis, dry scalp or seborrhea dermatitis (dandruff), since itching is a symptom that appears almost in every scalp problem.
You might cause serious injuries, infections, hair thinning, even excessive hair loss, just by scratching your itchy scalp. So stop that torture and help it rest!
Try this quick treatment for your itchy scalp
in just 6 simple steps.
Choose the right shampoo.
Take a mild shampoo with pH close to our skin’s ph (4.5-5.5). While the optimum pH balanced shampoo choice is around 5-6, there are other variables that could affect your choice. But for common itching issues stick to that pH level. You should also have in mind, the higher the pH level of your shampoo, the harsher is to the scalp and hair.
How to choose the best shampoo for my itchy scalp?
1) Ask your dermatologist or pharmacist.
2) Check your shampoo’s pH with the paper pH test strips.
Pour shampoo in your palm.
Add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil in the shampoo (1 tbsp) in your palm.
Stir it just a little with your finger to blend and apply the shampoo to your scalp.
Massage your itchy scalp gently with your fingertips.
Leave for about 5-10 minutes and rinse.
Lavender essential oil properties for an itchy scalp:
- combats dandruff
- soothes dry and itchy scalps
- moisturizes hair and scalp
- perfect for every hair type
If you find that after 3-4 times lavender essential oil doesn’t relieve your itchy scalp, you could try a stronger alternative essential oil which is tea tree. Its natural chemical compounds are very potent so don’t pour more than 1-2 drops in the shampoo (1 tbsp) in your palm.
Tea Tree essential oil properties for an itchy scalp:
- fights bacteria and treats dandruff
- reduces itchiness and dry flakes
- moisturizes both hair and scalp
- removes excessive oil (sebum) unclogging the hair follicles
- Some are annoyed by the intense camphoraceous odor of tea tree essential oil. If you feel that way too, blend it with the lavender essential oil to ease the scent. Use 1 drop of each essential oil in the shampoo in your palm.
- It would be a plus on your treatment if you could skip using your hair products to style, like hair sprays and gels. Maybe one of your hair products is reacting badly with your scalp. So check it out.
Things to consider before shampooing:
1) Wet your hair and take parts of the mixture in your palm and try to spread it all over your scalp. Don’t pour all of the mixture over the top of your head.
2) If you fear that you can’t control the drops or you want to make more mixture, put the shampoo quantity you want, add the right ratio of lavender essential oil drops, blend them and you are done.
3) If your scalp is irritated from scratching reduce drops in half and if it still burns intolerably, wash it off right away.
4) Please be careful and don’t let shampoo drop into your eyes.
Keep in mind your safety when using essential oils:
1) You must first do a skin patch test to see if you are allergic to the oil and if you are not, you are free to put it in your shampoo. Lavender is the safest of all essential oils, but better safe than sorry, right?
2) Essential oils should be treated as drugs, so seek medical advice if you have health problems (or if you want to use them on infants, children and elderly).
3) Don’t think that if you use more drops you will have a better working shampoo. That’s not true at all. On the contrary it could harm you by causing harsh irritation on the skin. Even just few drops are potent enough to do the job.
4) Don’t ever apply essential oils directly onto your skin. For your safety, they should always be mixed with a carrier oil, ok?
5) Make sure that you use 100% pure essential oils which are high quality certified.
6) Use them when you need them. There is no point of using them every day, since prolonged use of the same essential oil might lead to ineffectiveness (unless you are following a prescribed treatment for a specified period).
Essential oils are not bombs ready to explode in your hands but there are some basic precautions to follow. That’s all.
I use this remedy every time my scalp feels itchy and it really helps. However, not every situation is the same for everybody and each remedy acts in a different way not only on each person but also on the same person at a different time.
I really hope this treatment to have a positive effect on your itching head too. It would be nice to share your experience and let others know as well.
To You With Love.