Does an Itchy Scalp Mean Your Hair is Growing?

We’ve all had an itch that takes a while to go way and our scalps are no different. After noticing your fingers constantly making their way to your head, your mother, an aunt, or grandmother may have commented, “Oh, that means your hair is growing!”

Well, it’s true that your hair was growing, but an itchy scalp is not a sign of hair growth. Itchiness can actually signify that your scalp is not at its healthiest, which can negatively impact hair growth. Whether it lasts days or weeks, the cause of an itchy scalp can usually be tracked down. You just have to put on your detective hat to figure it out.

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Can Natural Ingredients Cause Scalp Issues

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by Mary Wolff

We all want a healthy scalp since it is the foundation of good hair. When we start experiencing problems with our scalp, we start to question the products we use and rightfully so. Many of the issues people experience can be caused by the products they use on their scalp, but there is more to it than just that one aspect. Many people think because they use all natural ingredients or natural products, they shouldn’t have any scalp issues. Again, the matter is more complicated than that simple assumption. So, can natural ingredients cause scalp issues? Let’s take a closer look at this question, as well as the relationship between the products we use and the overall health of the scalp.

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Relieving Itchy Scalp After Working Out


by Mary Wolff

Exercise is a fact of life. If you want to be healthy and happy, hitting the gym a few times a week is an absolute must. Many curlies experience the annoyance and discomfort of post-workout scalp itch. When it comes to relieving itchy scalp after working out, there are a few tried and true remedies worth knowing.

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Here's Why Your Hair Is Still Dry When There's Moisture In The Air


by Mary Wolff
If you have curly hair, you know it is a science to figure out what works best for your hair. You know the importance of keeping hair properly moisturized to lock in hydration, but what about the moisture found in the air naturally? If you have ever wondered how your hair is dry with moisture in the air, read on to find out. This type of moisture isn’t as helpful with hydration as you might hope.

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Scalp Treatments

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by Mary Wolff

When it comes to keeping your curls, kinks, and coils looking their best, don’t forget what’s underneath. We all pay attention to our strands, but the scalp is sometimes forgotten. The scalp is the foundation for great hair! If the scalp is unhealthy, the hair is unhealthy. Whether dealing with dryness, a lack of hair growth, or an overall oiliness, your scalp is just as important as your strands.
There are many different scalp treatments out there. No matter what scalp issue you are dealing with, there’s one that can help heal your foundation and keep those curls gorgeous.

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Easy DIY Pre-Shampoo Treatment for Dry, Itchy Scalp

by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Is your scalp always dry? Itchy? Do you suffer from dandruff? Then a DIY Pre-Shampoo treatment may be the answer! I suffer from dry scalp and dandruff. I try to find ways to help combat my scalp issues. As you know I have been protective styling all summer for weeks at a time, and my dandruff seems to be at bay until around about the 4th week. It’s important to take care of your scalp because healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp!

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Do THIS for a Healthier Scalp!

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The importance of a beautiful, healthy scalp is often times overlooked. The scalp is the breeding ground, if you will, of the hair follicle. If the breeding ground is damaged the follicle and the strands of hair that it produces will be too. Here are a few suggestions to make sure that your scalp is healthy, happy and itch-free!

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Why Your Scalp Is Dry And 3 Ways To Change It


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Pat, pat, pat. Scratch, scratch. Lemme just stick that bobby pin right...there. You've been scratching your head trying to figure it out. Why is your scalp so dry? When the seasons change, our hair can, too. Drier air in winter and sweltering temps in summer can dry out your scalp. Each day, the skin on your head is making room for more new cells, causing the old cells to slough off and leave you with itchiness and flakes.

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DIY Face and Scalp Aloe Cream



by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

We all want beautiful, healthy skin and hair. Circulation and healthy habits are key elements to having your best skin and hair. While the body naturally maintains circulation, there is nothing wrong with giving it a helping hand! It is important to stimulate your blood flow on a regular basis to ensure healthy skin and scalp. A simple way to do this is with oil massages.

Just to tackle two tasks at once, why not do a facial massage then one for your scalp with the same easy to make cream? This massage cream will be your new beauty BFF. Check it out.


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Combat Dry Scalp This Fall and Winter


by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Now that Fall is upon us and winter is approaching, I have began to notice my scalp becoming dry because of the cold weather. I have always dealt with dry scalp issues, even while I was relaxed. I want to focus on the health of my hair and scalp so I look for healthy, natural ways to help combat the issues I have with my hair.  So far, I have found three, effective ways that have helped me combat my dry and itchy scalp.

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Instant Relief for Your Itchy Scalp

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by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Many of us suffer from scalp irritations. This can be something that you have always dealt with or only occur at the start of cooler seasons. While this can be normal...it is still aggravating. This is my quick resolve for an itchy scalp. No need to wait for a full wash day to get some relief. This can be done anytime.


Should I Oil My Scalp?


  by Kanisha of BlackNaps.org

Scalp care is a very important part of natural hair care. Sometimes we tend to focus on the health of our strands and neglect paying close attention to scalp health and maintenance.


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How I Improved My Mortifying Scalp Condition...

 by Naila Carter, TheWeaveWhisperer

Itchy, flakey, noticeable and embarrassing are some adjectives you could use to describe my scalp. 

Shampoo’s didn’t work.  Coconut oil didn’t work.  Right after a shampoo, you could part my hair and find a scalp fully covered in an itchy, white substance.  I began fearing my hair would begin thinning and fall out. It was time to pay the dermatologist a visit. 


4 Home Remedies for Healthy Scalp and Hair Growth



Why has there been such focus on the crown of one’s head? It appears that people from all cultures experience scalp tenderness, excessive oiliness, dryness, flakiness, itchiness, and even thinning at the crown of the head more so than any other area of the scalp. Let's take a deeper look into the significance of the crown to discover what is beneath the surface.

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Dandruff or Dry Scalp?- Natural Hair Care Remedies



Question: What’s the difference between dry scalp and dandruff?

Prima asks…A stylist told me the cause of dandruff is sulfur in shampoos and conditioners. Is this true? If it is, why do people also say that weather has an effect on dry scalp?

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Let’s just start by explaining the difference between the dandruff and dry scalp.

What is dandruff?

Dandruff is not just a flaky scalp. In fact, your scalp flakes ALL the time but you usually don’t see it because in a healthy scalp the flakes are microscopic. Dandruff occurs when the flakes are large and are accompanied by itching and inflammation.

Relief From Dry Winter Scalp- Natural Hair Tips



Now that the cold weather is here some of you can probably relate to scratching your scalp inconspicuously while you’re trying to prevent flakes from settling on your shoulders. However, there is no need to suffer silently. If you have had flakes and dryness for a while, you can finally get some relief from dry winter scalp without all of the expensive products and treatments.

Sugar scalp scrub

If you suffer from dry winter scalp then you can relate to having what looks like a mini blizzard surrounding you whenever you scratch your scalp. Every time you scratch, the excess skin cells are being shed.

A simple fix for getting rid of these excess flakes is to gently scrub them away when you cleanse your hair. Put five tablespoons of sugar (preferably brown as the crystals are larger) in a bowl then slowly add olive oil or your favorite oil to it to form a paste. Before shampooing section your hair and apply the paste to your scalp and rub gently in a circular motion then shampoo and condition as normal.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil — obtained from the leaves of the Australian tea tree — has been used for centuries by Australia’s aboriginal people to cure many skin and scalp ailments. If you are suffering from dry scalp then adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo and conditioner can help to sooth your scalp and act as an anti fungal killing any bacteria that causes the overproduction of skin cells creating flakes.
Add 5-10 drops of tea tree to your shampoo or condish for every 8oz of product depending on the severity of your condition. After about a month of using your new shampoo and conditioner, you should see an improvement in your scalp. If you don’t want to go the DIY route, just purchase a shampoo and conditioner set containing teat tree oil.

Hot oil treatment

As the name implies, dry scalp can be caused by the scalp being dehydrated. To combat the dryness, using a simple hot oil treatment once a week when you cleanse your hair can make a world of difference. The oil acts as a barrier on the scalp preventing it from losing moisture during the cleansing process.

Warm about a ½ cup of oil in the microwave for no more than 20 seconds. Ensure that the oil is not too hot before applying it to your hair. Part your hair and apply the oil to your scalp using an applicator bottle to make the process easier. When your scalp is thoroughly saturated, use the pads of your fingers to massage the oil into your scalp. Finish by shampooing and conditioning as normal.

Moisturizing shampoo

While shampoos do a wonderful job of getting all of the build up out of our hair and scalp, they can also strip your hair and scalp of moisture leaving them very dry. We often replenish the moisture for our hair, but we neglect to put the moisture back into our scalp. Many of us will suffer no ill effects from this, but for the unlucky few, the negative side effect will be a dry scalp. To combat this issue, simply switch to a moisturizing shampoo, preferably one that is sulfate free.

Oiling the scalp

If you suffer from dry winter scalp, the most obvious fix would be to moisturize it. But don’t reach for your jar of grease. Grab your bottle of oil instead. Grease simply forms a layer on top of the scalp and does not have the ability to moisturize it. Oils like jojoba, on the other hand, closely resemble the natural sebum produced by the skin and helps to moisturize it.

After washing your hair, use an applicator bottle to apply oil to your scalp, then massage it in using the pads of your fingers. Reapply to your scalp as needed throughout the week. You should not oil your scalp if it is has a lot of build up and flakes, since this will only clog your scalp even more and make the situation worse. Ensure that you thoroughly cleanse your scalp before moisturizing it.

Now that you have five easy fixes for a healthier scalp, I hope that this winter will be one free of itching, scratching and flaking. Happy hair growing!

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