Do you ever notice yourself scratching your head continuously irrespective of the time of the year? Or did you ever notice something falling like a snow fall on your favorite sweatshirt? I would be lying if I said that is not frustrating. This pesky situation is something that we all would rather avoid. Itchy scalp remedies at home work best if you are consistent with them.
Itchy and dry scalps have a wide range of causes. There is a small difference between dandruff and dry scalp. Even though they might have the same symptoms of flaky skin, one is due to excess oil production and the latter is because of dryness.
Shedding of the top layer of the skin is often unnoticed. Usually, cells shed one at a time but inflammation thus, shed clumps of cells which are visible to us in the form of flakes. Seborrheic Dermatitis is a skin condition which causes dandruff, redness, scaly, scratching and inflammatory scalp. In infants, this condition is called Cradle crap.
Symptoms of itchy and dry scalp:
Itchy and dry scalp may be a little scratchy at times. Few symptoms mentioned below can accompany itchy and dry scalp-
- Dry skin
- Irritated scalp
- Sores scalps
- Greasy skin
- Yellow or white scales
Causes of itchy and dry scalp:
The potential causes of itchy and dry scalps are mentioned below. It can be either the cause or a combination. Few medical conditions can also be one of the reasons.
- Malassezia – Dandruff causing Yeast overgrowth
- Stress and anxiety
- Dry air
- Genetics or hormone
- Too much washing and use of extreme hot waters
- Hair care Products
- Weather Changes
- Contact dermatitis
- Head lice
- Scalp psoriasis
Dry and itchy scalp remedies at home:
Sometimes even the simplest habit of drinking enough water or washing your hair on time works as a remedy. Here are a few simple and non-messy remedies that you can definitely try at home.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV):
Antimicrobial properties of ACV help in eliminating the bacteria and fungus, the main cause of this scalp condition. Moreover, it also exfoliates and treats the scalp. Reduction in inflammation is an added benefit.
Mix 1:2 parts of ACV: water. Apply directly to the scalp. Rest it for 5 mins. Wash normally.
Coconut oil is one of the safest itchy scalp remedies at home. It is antifungal, antibacterial and an effective moisturizer too.
Heat coconut oil. Cool it a bit and apply directly to the scalp. Massage well. Leave overnight and wash normally.
Bananas improve hair health and reduce the dry scalp symptoms by moisturizing and clearing up the bacterias.
Mash the bananas and mix well with coconut oil (You can use other oils also). Apply to the roots of the hair and scalp. Leave it for around 15 mins and wash well.
Essential oils have a great potential in treating a lot of hair and skin problems. It is one of the greatest tips for hair care. They have antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and antibiotic properties too. Tea tree oil, peppermint oil, avocado, jojoba and lemongrass oil are a few to mention.
You can mix a few drops of any of these oils with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. Massage it on your scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash thoroughly. DO NOT USE CONCENTRATED ESSENTIAL OILS.
Egg and yoghurt:
Yoghurt exfoliates and soothes the scalp while eggs nourish and protects it. People with allergies need to be aware before application.
Beat the egg properly. To it add plain yoghurt and mix well. Apply to hair and scalp. Massage well. Leave for 10-25 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Aloe vera is an all-rounder. It reduces skin inflammation, scaliness, itching, irritation and moisturizes the skin too.
Apply fresh Aloe Vera gel to the scalp. Rub a little. Rest for a good 20 minutes and wash off normally as you would.
Foods to reduce itchy and dry scalp:
Internal health reflects in your skin and hair. A lot of foods may affect your scalp health. Talking about the tips for hair care, It is always better to avoid high sugar foods, alcohol and smoking. Sharing a few foods, if consumed along with proper cleaning of hair, may help in reducing itchy and dry scalp.
Foods rich Omega-3 fatty acids:
Fatty fish such as salmon, flaxseeds, soybean, canola, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are rich sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. They help in keeping the skin healthy, glossy and hydrated. Along with this, they also reduce the inflammation of the skin.
Gut healthy foods:
Probiotic foods play an important role not only in maintaining the scalp health but overall health too. Consumption of Greek yoghurt helps in increasing the blood flow as it contains pantothenic acid.
Itchy scalp remedies at home must include vitamin C. Fruits such as amla, lemon, orange, mandarin are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants that help to strengthen hair follicles, reduce oxidative stress, dandruff and other fungal infections. It promotes scalp circulation and stimulates healthy hair growth, both in terms of length and volume.
Iron rich foods:
Iron helps to circulate oxygen to our body & our tissues. Hence, the lack of it may compromise hair health and also causes other problems like fatigue, shortness of breath and dry & damaged skin. High protein rich foods include tofu, beans, legumes, dark leafy greens, poultry, fish, nuts and seeds.
Antioxidants such as green tea or vitamin E helps in reducing the oxidative stress on the scalp. It is anti-inflammatory, traps moistures and repairs the scalp.
Vitamin A rich foods:
Vitamin A rich foods include carrot, sweet potato, eggs and dairy products. Apart from being good for eye food it helps alleviate dull, itchy and dry scalp. Moreover, it also helps in sebum oil production of the scalp which helps in treating dry and itchy scalp.
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