An itchy scalp is up there on the list of the most annoying and uncomfortable things a person can experience. If you have or are experiencing this, you know it’s a hard life living with an itchy scalp. Having to keep tapping or scratching your head in public because of an itchy scalp is quite embarrassing. An itchy scalp won’t let you keep any hairdo on for long because you’ll constantly be tugging at the roots of your hair. The hair will most likely be flaky, especially if the cause of the itchy scalp is dandruff. There are a few other reasons for developing an itchy scalp.
What causes an itchy scalp, and what to do about it?
An itchy scalp happens from an inflammatory reaction caused by any number of reasons, most commonly:
- Irritation from an ingredient in one of your hair products/processing (colour/perming)
- A yeast overgrowth
- Product-build up
- A dehydrated scalp
Skin and hair content creator Amy Chang shared her 5-step process to getting rid of an itchy scalp in a video on her Instagram page. Amy Chang has a huge following on TikTok and is well known for her hair and skincare content. Here’s her 5-step routine to fix an itchy scalp:
1) Oil cleanse: oil cleansing uses oil to bond with oils and dirt, removing them from pores without disrupting the skin’s barrier. It also moisturises the scalp. Amy Chang recommends using a scalp massager to loosen dead skin cells.
2) Scalp scrubs: These exfoliate dead skin cells, get rid of product build-up, and help fight excess oil.
3) Shampoo: Use a dandruff shampoo once a month if necessary.
4) Deep conditioning mask: Scalp scrubs and dandruff shampoos can be drying to strands, so always follow up with a deep conditioning mask.
5) Rose water: Spraying rose water on the scalp soothes the skin and helps to prevent future itching. It’s anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and hydrating.
6) Scalp serum: Apply a scalp serum after the rose water for even better skin health results.
This haircare routine addresses the problem from all angles. It removes product build-up from the deep oil cleanse and scalp scrub, controls yeast with a dandruff shampoo, and hydrates the scalp by spraying rose water on the scalp. Scalp scrubs and dandruff shampoos can be drying on the strands, so make sure to always follow them up with a deep conditioning mask to mend and nourish your hair.
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