Kick dry itchy scalp to the curb
I have been asked by quite a few naturals about how to deal with dry, itchy scalp.
How can you enjoy your best hair life if you can’t stop scratching! Fortunately there are a few simple steps you can take to help you get rid of this problem for good!
Before we dive into the tips, there’s something important you should know. There are different types of skin conditions and there are two type of dandruff:
Pityriasis capitis simplex is considered the classic dandruff. This is the dry type associated with flaking, scattered scales and itching. it is visible on hair and shoulders. it is easily removed with frequent use of antifungal dandruff shampoos.
Pityriasis steroids is considered more severe dandruff. This type of dandruff has large greasy or waxy scales that are combined with sebum, causing the scales to stick to the scalp in white creamy patches. When the waxy, creamy scales are removed with a comb bleeding or oozing sebum may result. This severe dandruff may be accompanied by redness or inflammation.
If your scalp itch is frequent or severe, or if you see other issues you should schedule a visit with your dermatologist before anything else. Scheduling an appointment to get your scalp checked out never hurt anyone.
Okay, so let’s get into the easy tips you can use to get rid of dry scalp if it’s not a medical issue.
One of the first thing you want to do is very simple, but a lot of ladies miss this, this is to wash your hair really well and focus on your scalp.
A lot of times itching is caused by buildup that’s accumulated on your scalp. Listen, you may be thinking, “I don’t see any buildup when I scratch my head.” But the reality is that sometimes buildup is difficult to see with the naked eye. And sometimes it’s difficult to remove and sometimes your hair is just dirty.
This can easily happen, especially when you’re wearing a protective style like: faux locs, braids and weaves etc. When your scalp starts itching, that may mean it’s time to take your protective style out.
A lot of times we wash our hair and neglect to really clean our scalp. Shampoos are designed to clean your scalp first and foremost and then the lather from the shampoo will then cleans the length of the hair.
Our African black soap rosemarymint and tea tree therapeutic shampoo bar and our bentonite clay clarifying hair mask is the perfect cleansers and mask to use for this. Our Bentonite clay naturally detoxifies the scalp and hair and exfoliates the scalp – just think of all the dead skin that may be sitting on your scalp. We exfoliate our faces, but rarely think about the skin underneath our hair!
Bentonite clay is effective at washing away buildup and removing toxins other shampoos can’t get rid of. PLUS, it doesn't dry out your scalp and hair as it works, as other clarifying shampoos will.
If the washing doesn’t fix the issue after about a day or so…
Rinse your hair with diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV). This is kind of a secret weapon because most people have never thought to do this.
You have to be careful, though. ACV is very acidic (which is why it’s so good at removing buildup), but our hair is far less acidic. If you don’t dilute it enough or if you use it too often, it can mess up the pH balance, leaving you with dry, brittle hair. That’s the opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish.
Mix 1 part ACV to 1 parts water. Now you have a solution you can use in the shower.
Here’s how to use it:
Wash your hair with your cleanser and rinse it out thoroughly
Spray your scalp with the ACV solution and massage it into scalp.
Do it all the way around the sides and back of your head.
Leave it in for 15-20 minutes
You only have to do it once, then rinse with cool water
Apply your conditioner or Deep conditioner
Once you condition your hair the smell should go away after about 10 minutes. Then you’re good to go.
Again, give this a day or two to see if your scalp feels better.
TIPS #3 & #4
If it’s still feeling dry and itchy, you can use our Cocoa and Mango hair pomade directly on your scalp. Literally, part your hair and apply directly to the scalp.
If you want to get a little more intense, use our Herbal & botanical extract scalp and hair growth oil Apply the mixture directly to the scalp.
You can use this to relieve itchiness, and it’s also an effective preventive measure to prevent dryness, itching and it also helps to increase hair growth.
If none of these tips work, we’re back to the first piece of advice. Check in with your dermatologist. There are a lot of scalp conditions people don’t know about or realize they have. You probably won’t fix these issues by changing products or using grandma’s home remedies.
In our experience, these tips are effective at helping women find relief for their dry, itchy scalps. Give them a try for yourself!