Dealing with an irritated scalp is not only annoying, it’s kind of embarrassing too. In most cases an itchy scalp is caused by dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis, or psoriasis. Sure you can purchase OTC shampoos and other treatments, but those tend to be full of chemicals that are harmful and not good for sensitive scalps. The other option is to try home remedies which aren’t nearly as damaging to your scalp. Here are 6 DIY remedies that really relieve an itchy scalp.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil contains antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that essentially kill fungus and bacteria that cause the overproduction of skin cells. These skin cells are the cause of, you guessed it — dandruff.
Cleanse your hair thoroughly. Once your hair is about half dry, mix 2-4 drops of tea tree oil and a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, or any other vegetable oil to your scalp and massage thoroughly.
You can also add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil to a shampoo of your choice until you get rid of your itchy scalp.
They say coconut oil is the cure for everything and it seems to be pretty accurate! Coconut oil is most commonly known to promote hair growth, but did you know it can keep your hair more moisturized longer than any moisturizer on the market?
Warm 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil (make sure it’s not too hot) and apply to your roots. Put a shower cap on and let the coconut oil sit for 2-3 hours or overnight if you wish. Next, wash the coconut oil out using a sulfate-free shampoo and proceed to your conditioning routine.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Much like tea tree oil, ACV also has anti-inflammatory agents that destroy the viruses and yeast that are responsible for itchy scalp. It also balances the pH levels in your scalp which helps relieve dryness and itchiness. The acetic acid in the vinegar removes dirt and product buildup on the scalp and helps open your pores.
Mix one cup of ACV with one cup of warm water in a spray bottle, spray the mixture on roots while gently massaging your scalp. This will give your scalp the stimulation it needs and will also help pick up any dirt and product buildup. Put a shower cap on and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes then continue to your normal wash routine. Do this process until the itch is relieved.
Avocado Honey and Olive Oil Mask
Olive oil is great for hydrating your hair, honey helps hair retain moisture, and the avocado is packed full of vitamins that help repair damaged hair or an irritated scalp. Combined they are an excellent way to combat dandruff and an itchy scalp.
Mash 1 ripe avocado 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1-2 tablespoons of honey together until smooth and apply throughout your hair. Put a shower cap on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse until the mask is completely removed from your hair and scalp. Continue with your regular wash routine.
Each of these methods are effective, but you have to do it at least once a week in order to feel the results. Have you tried any of these remedies? If so, leave a comment below with your review!