Far too many sisters deal with dry, itchy scalp on a regular basis.
You can’t live your best hair life if you can’t stop scratching! Fortunately there are some simple steps you can take that can help you get rid of this irritation for good!
Before we dive into the tips, there’s something important you should know. If your scalp itch is frequent or severe, or if you see other issues you should schedule a visit with your dermatologist before anything else.
You may have a medical condition you should address first. For example, if you see flakes in your hair, you should visit the dermatologist to make sure you don’t have dandruff.
Many people don’t realize this, but there’s a difference between flaky scalp and dandruff. Flakes are a sign of dryness, but dandruff is a medical concern that a dermatologist can help with.
Itchy scalp can also indicate the onset of alopecia.
Scheduling an appointment to get your scalp checked out never hurt anyone.
Okay, so let’s get into the easy tips you can use to get rid of dry scalp if it’s not a medical issue.
A lot of times itching is caused by buildup that’s accumulated on your scalp. Listen, you may be thinking, “I don’t see any buildup when I scratch my head.” But the reality is that sometimes buildup is difficult to see with the naked eye. And sometimes it’s difficult to remove, so it doesn’t just come off when you scratch. But it’s there, driving you crazy!
And sometimes your hair is just dirty. This can easily happen, especially when you’re wearing a protective style like faux locs, braids, havana twists, etc. When your scalp starts itching, that may mean it’s time to take your hair down.
A lot of times we wash our hair and neglect to really clean our scalp. Think of how they wash your hair at the salon. The wash girl starts by really working the cleanser into your scalp first. You should take the same approach.
Our Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment (Step 1) is the perfect cleanser to use for this. Rhassoul clay naturally detoxifies the scalp and hair and exfoliates the scalp – just think of all the dead skin that may be sitting on your scalp. We exfoliate our faces, but rarely think about the skin underneath our hair!
Rhassoul clay is effective at washing away buildup and removing toxins other shampoos can’t get rid of. PLUS, it infuses moisture into your scalp and hair as it works.
If the washing doesn’t fix the issue after about a day or so…
Rinse your hair with diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV). This is kind of a secret weapon because most people have never thought to do this.
You have to be careful, though. ACV is very acidic (which is why it’s so good at removing buildup)... but our hair is far less acidic. If you don’t dilute it enough or if you use it too often, it can mess up the pH balance, leaving you with dry, brittle hair. That’s the opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish.
Mix 1 part ACV to 6 parts water. Now you have a solution you can use in the shower.
Here’s how to use it:
Wash your hair with your cleanser and rinse it out thoroughly
Keeping your eyes closed, pour the ACV solution around the edge of your hair with your head tilted back. Allow it to trickle down your scalp and into your hair.
Do it all the way around the sides and back of your head.
You only have to do it once, then rinse with cool water
Yes, you’ll probably smell like apple cider vinegar for a little while. But the smell should go away after about 10 minutes. Then you’re good to go.
Again, give this a day or two to see if your scalp feels better.
You can use this to relieve itchiness, and it’s also an effective preventive measure to prevent the dryness and itch from coming back.
If none of these tips work, we’re back to the first piece of advice. Check in with your dermatologist. There are a lot of scalp conditions people don’t know about or realize they have. You probably won’t fix these issues by changing products or using grandma’s home cure. (Don’t tell Big Mama we said that...)
Make sure you bring all your hair care products – Naturalicious or otherwise – to your appointment. You’ll want to make sure they won’t counteract whatever treatment the doctor recommends.
In our experience, these tips are effective at helping women find relief for their dry, itchy scalps. Give them a try for yourself!