5 Home Remedies For An Itchy Scalp : Balance PH
You are in the middle of a corporate meeting and suddenly if there is an urge to itch your scalp, it might be very embracing if you really can’t avoid it. Or you might be in a study group and suddenly one of your mates said “Dude, u got dandrufism? Cause your hair is like a snowflake machine.”
Having a full head of dead skins that are making a glorious escape from your scalp is really very annoying, I know. And if you are regularly scratching your head that means already, you might have become a dandruffphobe.
It makes your head itchy and falls onto clothing, Gross! It might distract you from concentrating on the important tasks. Besides, it could lead to hair loss, acne, psoriasis (thick patches of red, scaly skin to develop on various parts of the scalp), allergic reaction and tinea capitis.
There can be a lot of causes for dandruff and it’s not only related to hygiene or washing or brushing the hair. Besides, it can even be the after effects of using different types of harsh chemical or potentially harmful ingredients used in hair care products.
No worries, if you don’t want to use chemical hair care solutions, you have a wide variety of options. There are lots of DIY home remedies that can be very effective in treating a dry and itchy scalp. And the good news is you don’t have to spend hundreds and most of the ingredients can be found at your reach.
Home Remedies for an Itchy, Flaky Scalp:
Before getting down to business first thing first- stop itching your scalp as soon as possible or else the situation might get even worst. Try scalp therapy shampoo, for an easy, fast and alternative solution even if you have no time.
Now take a look at the top 5 simple but effective home remedies for itchy scalp and dandruff that can work wonders in eliminating the itchiness.
- Exfoliate with Baking Soda:
I love this powder. In my home, this powder is a go-to ingredient for various home remedies including cleaning tasks. Scientifically baking soda has antifungal and anti-bacterial properties that are the best ingredients to kill bacteria and other related flacks that cause dandruff and scalp infarction.
Besides, the alkaline property of this powder helps to exfoliate the scalp and helps to maintain the proper pH of your hair. Thus it can inhibit the growth of dandruff-causing yeast.
- Add 2 to 3 tbsp of baking soda with water; make a mixture in a bowl.
- Whisk it until you get a thicker paste.
- Apply this paste into the scalp and let it moisture for 10 to 15 minutes
- Rub and rinse-off thereafter softly with your finger and wash it thoroughly
- You can use regular shampoo while taking a shower
- A better result can be achieved if you add a few drops of olive oil before applying the paste into the scalp.
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV):
Another great home remedies for treating dandruff. Apple cider vinegar has probiotics, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help to maintain proper pH balance on your hair.
Besides, these ingredients kill viruses and yeasts that the culprit in developing itchiness if you have a dry scalp. The acidic behavior blocks bacteria and funguses to grow in the skin.
This vinegar also can be very useful in adding shine, smoothening the scalp and add bounce effects in hair.
Here’s how to use this in dandruff treatment:
- Mix a half cup of ACV and half cup of water in a bowl
- Bit it until ACV mixes properly
- Store it in a bottle for further use
- Spray it into the scalp and massage well with your tip of the finger
- After 10 to 15 minutes rinse-off it with clean water
- Repeat this once in either day and continue till you get any positive result
- Lemon Juice:
Because of the immense antiseptic and antioxidant properties, lemon juice can heal itchy scalp faster than any other products. The acidic and antimicrobial properties can also erase the anti-inflammatory effects of dry scalp.
Lemon juice also helps to maintain the pH level of the scalp and the acidic properties banish away bacteria and fungus.
Instruction of using lemon juice:
The steps are just like apple cider vinegar. Take two tablespoons of lemon juice and apply into the scalp. Better to use a cotton ball and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. If it strings, then dilute the juice in some water to lighten the reaction.
After then rinse it with water. It might also lighten up your hair color a bit. It’s advisable to use once either day. But again this can be revocable if it suits your hairstyle.
- Olive Oil:
Using olive oil to add shine, softness, fullness or treating damaged hair is nothing new. People are using these important ingredients form centuries. This oil contains some of the key components as anti-inflammatory, natural moisturizing, clarifying properties and skin protecting agents that are widely using to heal scalp infection and itchiness.
The treatment procedure:
Heat the organic olive oil for few seconds in the microwave and apply a few tablespoons of olive oil into the scalp and wear a shower cap and leave it overnight. Next morning, massage it with your fingertip and rinse it with lukewarm water.
You also can add normal shampoo to feel the difference instantly. Add a few drops of turmeric essential oil.
- Aloe Vera:
The last but not the least, Aloe Vera is a healing plant that has many health benefits and a superfood for our scalp and hairs. This herb contains Vitamin C that helps to fight back bacteria, clean dandruff, and help to get rid of follicles’ debris.
The alkaline properties help to reduce inflammatory and the anti-fungal properties kill the yeast and reduce the chance to cause flacks. Auxins and gibberellins work best to heal the scalp’s wound.
The moisturizing ingredients help to keep enough moisture, relieve excess dryness and itchiness. It contains aromatic organic compounds that exert pain relief while killing off harmful microorganisms.
To prepare, you will need 3 to 5 tbsp of Aloe Vera gel, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 3 to 5 drops of tree essential oil (optional or add only for fragrance). Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients very well.
Apply the paste into the scalp and massage gently for 5 to 10 minutes. If you want to multiply the result, leave the paste overnight and in the morning rinse it with lukewarm water. Repeat the process every day or once in either day until you are satisfied.
As there is no magic cure that can help you to get rid of this problem overnight. But the above remedies might become very effective in treating dandruff; take the time to go through different options to see if you can find the most suitable recipe and then take action. If the condition doesn’t improve after using all these home remedies, consult a doctor immediately.
About the Author
She’s Stephanie- Content crafter at Amplixin- is a short story author, blogger, and beauty care specialist. Author Stephanie is a huge fan of Hair Skin Food, which she learned about from makeup artists and industry experts. She was born in August 1982 Saint-Martin in Monaco-Ville and grew up on a Pennsylvania farm. She does her best writing on skin care and fashion niches for the past few years but she has been loved to maintain healthier health throughout her life.
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