Having a healthy scalp is the first place to start if you want to promote consistent growth and healthy hair. Have you ever found yourself constantly scratching your scalp throughout the day and wondering what the problem was? I know I have. I consider myself to have very healthy hair habits- I wash my hair every week, deep condition, and use the best products, although sometimes your scalp needs special treatment. Most of the time, we focus so much on our hair strands that we forget to give our scalps the care and attention they need. Therefore here I’m going to give you several tips that have helped me maintain a healthy, clean, itch-free scalp.
Cleansing is the first step in your hair routine and it’s where your should focus if you want to maintain a healthy scalp. If you have naturally curly or kinky hair, I’m sure you use multiple products when you style and and moisturize your hair. Using a lot of product can cause buildup, making it difficult for your scalp to breath. This can then lead to itchiness and irritation. Even if you have straight hair, your scalp can accumulate oil and buildup throughout the week. Therefore it’s really important to cleanse your scalp properly.
Be sure to form a consistent cleansing routine whether that’s every few days, every week or every other week. Develop your cleansing routine based on your hair and scalp’s needs. If you notice that after a week your scalp has developed a lot of buildup, then you may need to wash your hair every several days. If your scalp is clogged with product, oil or dead skin, it could cause itchiness as well as stunt your hair growth. Therefore be sure to develop a consistent cleansing routine to ensure your scalp can breathe.
After you’ve developed a cleansing routine, make sure you’re using the right types of products. While you may be washing your hair regularly, you may not be using the best cleansers to hydrate and treat your scalp. First it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients list on your shampoos and at all costs, avoid the word sulfate. Sulfates are very concentrated cleansing agents that will strip your hair of its natural oils, causing excessive dryness. This dryness can then lead to itchiness and irritation. Look for gentle shampoos that cleanse your hair, but do not leave your strands feeling stripped.
Your itchy scalp may not be due to dryness or buildup, but by another skin issue such as fungis, dermatis or psoriasis. If this is the case, it’s important to look for ingredients that will fight bacteria and soothe your scalp. Tea tree oil is a wonderful treatment for an itchy scalp caused by any of the above-mentioned skin conditions. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial agent, therefore it fights bacterial growth and soothes inflamed skin. Rosemary Oil also does wonders for stimulating the scalp, healing dryness and removing dandruff. Like Tea Tree Oil, it has antibacterial qualities, and is effective at treating conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. Peppermint oil is another ingredient to look for as it helps to soothe itchiness and inflammation, while also stimulating the scalp for healthy hair growth.
Another reason for itchiness or irritation may be that your scalp’s pH level is off. If this may be the case, try using apple cider vinegar to gently purify and re-balance your scalp. This is also a great product to use if you wear braids or twists because it helps to get rid of buildup.
If you are doing everything above and are still experiencing irritation, I suggest you begin treating your scalp regularly. One technique I incorporate in my hair routine is to apply an oil directly to my scalp when I am deep conditioning. Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Restorative Hair Treatment is a wonderful oil to use for this purpose. It has an easy applicator top to apply the oil directly to your scalp. This oil also includes ingredients such as Peppermint Oil which is very effective at stimulating and nourishing the scalp. Another one of my favorites is Eden Bodywork’s Peppermint Tea Tree Oil. Try applying an oil directly to your scalp before you deep condition and before you begin styling. Using treatments such as these will help to promote a healthy scalp. I try to apply an oil to my scalp at least once or twice throughout the week to make sure my scalp is moisturized.
If you are experiencing a highly inflamed and itchy scalp, I would recommend the Original Moxie Scalp Therapy Treatment. It contains Blue Cypress Oil which helps to heal the skin. This is a very intense scalp treatment and is great to apply when you are deep conditioning.
I’m sure you’ve heard this advice since you were a child, although it holds true especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy scalp. Continually scratching your scalp only adds to the irritation that you’ are experiencing and oftentimes, can make it worse. When you scratch your scalp with your nails, you are damaging the surface area of that skin and causing inflammation. You are also opening the door for dirt and bacteria from your nails to enter your scalp. Therefore when you feel that your scalp is itching, it’s best to apply a treatment oil, massage your scalp with your finger tips or wash and treat your hair.
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