Aug 12 , 2020
Having an itchy scalp is an unfortunate, frustrating problem that most black women have with their afro hair. This type of common condition can be very off-putting when hanging out with friends or on a date with a special someone. If you’re looking for some simple methods to curb your itchy scalp symptoms, you’re in the right place. But before we divulge into this topic, what causes an itchy scalp, and what are the symptoms?
What is an Itchy Scalp?
Also known as scalp pruritus, flaky skin or a dry scalp characterizes an itchy scalp. There are also instances when your scalp itches without any of these reasons. Some of the usual causes of the itchiness are dandruff, an allergic reaction to parabens, sulfates or dangerous preservatives, and product build-up.
These usual causes indicate that you should always be aware of the ingredients of any hair products you use and clean your scalp regularly to avoid product build-up. In other words, you need to have a hair routine to keep it feeling and looking healthier, especially after you dye your afro hair.
If the following symptoms occur, you are likely to have an itchy scalp:
- Irritated skin
- Sore scalp
- Flaky scalp
- Hair loss or hair thinning
- Dry scalp
Six Remedies for an Itchy Scalp
If you are suffering from excessive itching, it might be best to book an appointment with your doctor to understand the cause of your condition. But if you’re not at that stage yet and want some easy-to-use natural remedies to stop an itchy scalp at home, try any of these six solutions. Any of these itchy scalp remedies for afro hair can be used two times a week for a healthier scalp.
Coconut has antifungal properties that can stop and prevent fungal infections. Coconut oil can seal moisture in your scalp, which can help prevent a dry, itchy scalp. Use our oil to add moisture back into your afro hair and keep your colour from fading after the hair dyeing process. Begin by heating the oil for 10 seconds, and then apply it over your scalp. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse. Our Coconut Oil is also an ideal overnight moisturizing solution for afro hair. Add 2 -3 drops of our Coconut Oil onto your palms. Rub this onto all parts of your scalp and then cover with a satin scarf before sleeping.
Apple cider vinegar
The vinegar contains acetic acid, which is a natural substance used as a wound disinfectant due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Start by diluting it in water (1:1 ratio). Then apply this mixture to your scalp. Wash the mixture out from your afro hair with warm water and sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner when dried or after a few minutes.
Be cautious as the vinegar may have a burning sensation on your skin, especially if you have blistered or cracked skin. Avoid using this substance to heal an itchy scalp with wounds.
Nerolidol and Tea Tree oil
If you feel that your itchy scalp is related to head lice, better use a Tea Tree oil solution. The oil’s concentration can kill lice in 30 minutes after application. Plant-based oil Nerolidol is also useful as it halts the hatching of lice eggs. Make a solution of 1 part Tea Tree oil and two parts Nerolidol to kill the lice along with their eggs to cure an itchy scalp.
Aloe Vera oil
Not only is Aloe Vera a natural moisturizer, but it also has anti-microbial properties that help soothe an itchy scalp. Apply five to seven drops of Aloe Vera Oil to your scalp. Let this oil sit on your afro hair for 15-20 minutes. Then wash it away with lukewarm water.
The antibacterial and antifungal components of baking soda can kill the bacteria that cause hair loss, itchiness, or infections. Just mix two to three tablespoons of baking soda with water until you come up with a thick paste. Spread this mixture over your scalp for 10-15 minutes. Then, wash your afro hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
Apply warm olive oil to your scalp to soften and loosen the itchy scales and crusts on your skin’s surface. Put five to seven drops of olive oil in your hands, rub it together and then put it on the scalp. Massage it into your skin. Leave it there for hours or overnight at most and wash it thoroughly the next day with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
Regain your confidence and your sanity with our natural itchy scalp treatments for afro hair. Are you looking for more essential oils like our Coconut Oil to condition your scalp? You could also try our Black Castor Oil which can act as a natural moisturizer for your dyed afro hair.