Babies, as well as adults, everyone can be affected by scalp eczema! Itching, painful lesions, large visible dandruff, hair fall… about 5% of the world’s population suffers from these annoying symptoms.
The ever-growing air and water pollution are causing these hair problems. Also, the harmful chemicals in the hair products become a source of these. To treat and avoid these issues, you can see a dermatologist or try the following home remedies for itchy scalp.
Your Shampoo & Hair Dye can Cause the Itching
Some beauty products contain substances that are very irritating to the scalp. For instance, para-phenylenediamine (PPD) is harmful, and the government prohibits cosmetic manufacturers from using it in cosmetics and hair dyes. It is present in 9 dark dyes out of 10 to promote the fixation of the color on the hair. However, it can cause major allergies (sometimes spectacular) and eczema attacks.
But that’s not all! The presence of certain components, especially in shampoos or lotions, should also alert you: sodium lauryl, ammonium sulphate, lauryl sulphate, benzyl benzoate…
Home Remedies for Itchy Scalp |Prevent & Treat
The easiest way is to use natural and gentle products.
For instance, you can do something to balance your hair’s natural pH by using a baking soda and vinegar shampoo. Very easy to make at home, it is very economical:
- Dilute a tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of hot water. Apply this mixture to the scalp.
- Rinse with water.
- Apply a mixture composed, in a glass, of 1/4 apple vinegar and 3/4 water.
- Leave on for 1 min 30 secs and rinse with lukewarm water.
Homemade Masks for Itchy Scalp
Are you experiencing hair fall?
Don’t worry it can be the seasonal factor or the use of strong chemical products causing the damage. Here are masks that you can use for about 30 minutes after wetting your head as an itchy hair and hair fall solution at home. To optimize the benefits of this treatment, putting a towel around your head is preferable. Then all you have to do is wash and rinse your hair!
1. Tea Tree Essential Oil
A very effective tea tree essential oil relieves scalp eczema thanks to its antifungal properties.
You can use it in several ways:
- Dilute 25 drops of tea tree essential oil in 100 ml shampoo and wash your hair.
- Make a mask with four tablespoons of coconut oil and five drops of essential oil.
2. Olive Oil
Like tea tree essential oil, olive oil can be used as a mask (2 tablespoons maximum applied using a comb) or incorporated into a shampoo. Both soothing and moisturizing, olive oil helps you to have beautiful, frizz-free hair.
3. Aloe Vera Gel
It is best for oily hair. You can make a mask using six drops of tea tree essential oil and two tablespoons of aloe vera. Apply it with a brush, rub it with your fingers, massage for a few minutes, then leave to act for up to an hour.
4. Coconut Oil
Three tablespoons of coconut oil are enough to hydrate the scalp well and soothe eczema flare-ups.
Take Care of Your Diet
Scalp eczema can be confused with atopic dermatitis, a pathology that is very sensitive to food.
It can therefore be very beneficial to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Besides, it will be positive for your overall health!
Here are some foods whose consumption should be limited: deli meats and red meats, refined flours (avoid wheat flour and replace it with rye or oat), milk and its derivatives (butter, cream…), white sugar…
The “tricks”… to (almost) Avoid
According to a study, it calms redness and itching. Should we, therefore, favor sea bathing? No way! People who have lived with atopic dermatitis for a long time know that salt (even sea salt) can irritate the lesions. In addition, seawater is unfortunately often polluted. There are, therefore, precautions to take when swimming so as not to aggravate flare-ups.
However, there is a solution: use seawater bulbs sold in pharmacies or organic stores to rinse your hair. Then let them air dry, and then rinse them with lukewarm water.
In addition to these natural remedies, you can also opt for a choker to wear as a headband for the hairline or a cotton and silver thread cap to soothe night and daytime itching. The silver fiber has natural antibacterial properties, and the cotton has a silky touch.