An itchy scalp can make you want to shave your head if it means getting relief. However, there is no need to take such drastic measures just yet. There are a few natural home remedies that you might deploy the next time you are confronted by a wicked case of itchy scalp or dandruff.
Tea Tree Oil has been around for hundreds of years and is used in several ways to treat various conditions ranging from infection to acne. But did you know Tea Tree Oil was also an excellent itchy scalp remedy? Tea Tree Oil possesses a natural herb that releases a ripe chemical with anti-inflammatory properties, including the unique ability to address an itchy scalp.
Jojoba is a naturally occurring hypoallergenic oil that contains antioxidants, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, and Vitamins A, D, and E. Not only is Jojoba Oil great for the skin, but it also provides much relief to the scalp. In addition, the oil has additional properties that enable it to act as more of a moisturizer that not only reduces breakage and split ends but works to stimulate hair growth.
Jojoba oil is a common ingredient in some shampoos and conditions. This oil possesses properties that enable it to moisturize the scalp and clean the scalp, removing the excess sebum. Excess sebum can hinder hair growth over the long term.
Coconut oil can be controversial in some natural hair circles, but it is on our list as a tool for helping you to treat an itchy scalp. Shampoos and conditioners tend to favor the ingredient coconut oil these days, but did you know that coconut oil can also be applied directly to the scalp to provide a bit of relief for the itchy scalp? There are two ways to do this. You can buy your coconut oil in the grocery store, melt it and add it to your shampoo or you can apply the coconut oil separates from the shampoo to a clean scalp, allow it to sit for at least 15 – 30 minutes then wash it out. You can repeat this ritual two to three times per week or more as needed.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a favorite for its healing properties on the scalp. Apple Cider Vinegar is often used to remove the buildup of hair products, dirt, excess oils, and any other debris like dandruff that materialize in our hair and scalp. Apple Cider Vinegar may be used as a pre-poo mix on our hair before the actual act of shampooing. It can also help return your hair and scalp to its natural pH balanced state and/or seal hair color.
Lemon juice and olive oil mixture are other recipes for itchy scalp relief. How does this work? Lemons contain a substance known as alpha-hydroxy acids. The alpha-hydroxy acid behaves as a gentle exfoliate to relieve a flaky scalp. Once the flakes are gone, olive oil moisturizes the new, fresh scalp left in place.