Top Ingredients to Fight an Itchy Scalp

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If you suffer from an itchy scalp, you’re not alone. Our delicate scalps become itchy and irritated for a huge variety of reasons, making this issue extremely common. But that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with.

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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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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THIS is why your scalp is so itchy

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

One of the most annoying things is an itch that just won’t quit. If you find yourself constantly doing that old head pat to relieve the itchies, you might want to look into the reasons why you are getting an itchy scalp in the first place.

Here are some common causes of an itchy scalp and solutions for relief:

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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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Does "the tingle mean it's working", or nah? #PeppermintOil



"The tingle means it’s working.” Have you ever heard that before? Two tingling oils that are popular with curly girls are peppermint oil and tea tree oil, and while they both sound like great natural oils to use for hair and scalp what do we actually know about their tingling effects? Let’s first find out what they are and can do.

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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.


The Reason Braid Extensions Make You Itch


by Ariane of BlackNaps.com

Everyone loves the beauty and the ease of braid extension styles, but what isn’t so cool is the terrible itching! Thankfully there is a solution to prevent this from happening so you can enjoy your braids without having that unpleasant itch.

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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. 


10 Reasons We Love Natural Oils


 Adeola Adegbusi of www.coilsandglory.com

Anyone who recently embarked on a healthy hair journey-- either a relaxed or natural-- can attest to the significant improvement in which the consistent use of natural oils has made on their hair. The use of oils is nothing new in the Black hair community, as many of us can remember getting our hair greased after every hairstyle, and as soon as we started to see our scalp flaking.

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5 Signs That Your Natural Hair Needs TLC



We have all been there! Between work, school, friends, family, and trying to find “me” time, we can totally disregard things without noticing. This can even include ignoring signs from our curls. We can easily forget when it is time to give them love and care. But no worries, below is a guide of simple signs when you know you should give your curls extra love and care.

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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.

Can Natural Oils Make Dandruff Worse?




Duchess Gummy Buns says:

I saw on this hair blog that if you have dandruff you should avoid putting natural oils on your scalp because it would make it worse. If this is true, I am so sad because I really loved massaging oil into my scalp but I wonder if that’s why my dandruff is still in a certain spot on my scalp and won’t be relieved by any dandruff shampoos that I have been trying?

The Beauty Brains respond:

Natural oils like coconut, shea butter, and others contain a chemical known as oleic acid. To understand the effect of oleic acid on your scalp we have to talk a little bit about the causes of dandruff.

Causes of dandruff

We know from the technical literature there are three key factors that determine if you’ll have dandruff: the activity of Malassezia fungi, the presence of sebaceous secretions, and your own individual sensitivity.

These fungi break down the triglycerides (fatty oils) from your scalp and release fatty acids. Recent research by P&G has shown that the fungi prefer saturated fatty acids which means they leave behind the unsaturated fatty acids, like oleic acid. The structure of these unsaturated fatty acids allow them to penetrate the skin’s natural barrier where they trigger an irritation response that leads to flaking and itching.

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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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