Do you have an itch? Some scratch their heads while giving something some serious
thought in a “hmm, let me think about that” sort of moment. But for many others, a
serious scratching is desired because there is a genuine and persistent itch on the head,
specifically an itchy scalp.
Itchy scalp is a common condition which can be caused due to some underlying skin
condition like dry scalp, fungus infection, poor hair & scalp care, stress, sebaceous cysts,
unhealthy diet, lack of essential nutrients, minerals & vitamins, lack of good fats or
inflammation causing food
It is important to treat it as soon as the first sign appears otherwise, it can make way for
other diseases such as seborrhea dermatitis which forms yellow greasy scales along with
the red large patches on the scalp. It can easily spread to the other parts of the body.
1) Aloe vera
The antipruritic activity of aloe vera helps to treat itchy scalp. The glycoproteins in the
gel have a soothing effect on the body and lubricate the scalp. The anti-fungal and anti-
bacterial effect of the aloe vera gel keeps the fungi and bacteria away from the scalp. It
exfoliates the dead cells of the skin and the amino acids in it help to form new and
healthy cells. Besides, treating the scalp, it also helps hair become strong and shiny.
Cut an aloe vera leaf and extract the gel out of it. Wash your hair properly with a
shampoo so that no oil or dirt is present on the scalp. Take one tablespoon of the aloe
vera gel and massage it properly on the scalp and let it stay there for 5-10 minutes.
Then, rinse off the hair properly.
2) Tea Tree Oil
This oil is an amazing essential oil also known as melaleuca. What’s great about tea
tree oil is that it provides antioxidant benefits and is antimicrobial, which means it has
the ability to fight bacteria, viruses and fungus. According to research published in
the International Journal of Dermatology, numerous studies have shown that tea tree
oil is great for various inflammatory symptoms, including seborrhea dermatitis,
ultimately helping with the healing process.
3) Use a Hair and Scalp Mask
Have you ever tried a banana, avocado and honey hair and scalp mask? Sounds good
enough to eat! Well, these three ingredients can actually do some pretty phenomenal
things to your head and scalp. Honey, for example, has long been known as an ancient
remedy for wound healing, with many reports suggesting that the microorganisms
found in honey help fight bacteria and fungi.
A hair mask can provide the perfect bacteria fighters and, if used a few times a week, can
really make a difference in a healthy way. Simply combine a small mashed banana, two
tablespoons of honey and half an avocado until well-blended. Then apply it to your hair,
making sure to cover the scalp. Leave it on for 20–30 minutes, then wash hair with a
Precautions and Final Thoughts on Itchy Scalp
Make sure you don’t share combs and brushes. If you experience any allergic reactions
and are not sure why, begin a process of elimination to help find the culprit. Chemicals
in shampoos, conditioners and other hair products along with some foods you may be
eating can cause itchy scalp and irritations of the scalp. If any severe cases arise or the
problem persists, make sure to see a doctor right away.
Finding a solution for itchy scalp may be simple. Take the time to go through different
options to see if you can find the culprit, and then take action. Waiting around will only
allow it to fester and worsen.