No More Itchy Scalp With These 12 Proven Tips

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Scalps can become dry, irritated and itchy. When you find yourself scratching your head in public or waking up in the middle of the night because on an unnerving itch, it’s time to take action.

Itchy skin can easily be treated, and we have 12 proven tips or methods that will help you soothe your scalp today.

Tip #12 – Soothe Your Scalp with Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is antiseptic and often used to help alleviate dandruff. When your scalp is itchy, you can:

  1. Apply fresh lemon juice to your scalp.
  2. Rub it in thoroughly.
  3. Allow the lemon juice to sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Shampoo your hair.

You can dilute the lemon juice if you follow this method often so that you don’t lighten your hair.

Pay attention: If you want to change it up a bit, you can add lemon juice to yogurt and rub it into the scalp using the same steps above.

Tip #11 – Harness The Power of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil isn’t just amazing when cooking food – it’s also amazing for itchy scalps. What this oil does is helps create a barrier that allows your skin to stay moisturized.

Since an itchy scalp is often caused by dry skin, coconut oil is a go-to remedy that I highly recommend. You’ll want to:

  1. Wash your hair.
  2. Rub coconut oil into your scalp.
  3. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse it out and shampoo with a fragrant-free shampoo.

You can follow this routine three times per week as necessary. Some users will also add the coconut oil to a pan and heat it up so that it liquefies before applying to their scalp.

Just make sure the oil isn’t too hot when applying it to your scalp.

Tip #10 – Apply Neem Oil

Neem oil has been used for centuries to help alleviate extreme cases of itchy skin. A potent antifungal, neem oil helps the body release histamine, which further reduces inflammation.

You’ll want to follow these instructions for best results:

  1. Add 4 – 8 drops of neem oil to a carrier oil, such as coconut oil (just one teaspoon will suffice).
  2. Massage it into your scalp.
  3. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with a mild shampoo and water.

Pay attention: For constant itchy scalps, add a few drops of neem oil to your shampoo every time you shower – it works wonders.

Tip #9 – Experiment with Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an amazing antifungal, and it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use tea tree oil in numerous ways to treat an itchy scalp, including:

  • Add 10 – 20 drops to a baby shampoo and use it daily.
  • Dilute 3 – 4 drops of tea tree oil with coconut or vegetable oil and massage into the scalp. Allow this solution to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Keep in mind: Tea tree oil should be used for several weeks before you realize it’s true benefits.

Tip #8 – Go for Onion Juice

Onion juice may give you bad breath, but it is a fantastic remedy for any itch, and it boosts hair growth. Here’s how it works:

  1. Grind two onions to extract its juice.
  2. Apply 2 – 3 tablespoons of the juice to your scalp.
  3. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with shampoo and water.

Pay attention: Acting as a cleanser, onion juice will add several vitamins and minerals to the scalp (Vitamin C and B6 to be precise) helping alleviate deficiencies, which often cause your itch.

Tip #7 – Try Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is something I recommend be kept in every home. Not only can ACV help with an itchy scalp, but it can be used to detoxify the body, help your hair shine, soothe sunburns, remove stains from your teeth, and the list goes on and on.

But for an itchy scalp, you’ll want to:

  1. Rinse your hair, and allow it to dry with just water.
  2. Mix half water and half apple cider vinegar (I recommend Bragg brand) into a spray bottle.
  3. Spritz on your hair and massage it into the scalp.
  4. Wait for 10 minutes before rinsing and shampooing like normal.

Keep in mind: You can use this trick once or twice a week.

Tip #6 – Fix Your Issue with Baking Soda

An ingredient that is probably already in your home. Baking soda can help relieve itchy scalp, and is used as an exfoliator.

You’ll want to do the following to alleviate dry skin with baking soda:

  1. Mix water and baking soda to make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste directly on the scalp.
  3. Let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing.

My advice: If you wish, apply olive oil to the scalp first, or add it to the mixture in case the paste is too thick.

Tip #5 – Seek Relief with Essential Oils

Essential oils can provide you with amazing skin-related relief. If your scalp is itchy, you’ll find that essential oils provide near immediate relief.

A few essential oils to consider are:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Neem
  • Tea tree
  • Rosemary

You’ll need to add these oils to 3 tsp of a carrier oil: olive, coconut, or almond oil. Add 10 – 20 drops of essential oil to the carrier oil and mix it together well.

Keep in mind: You need to rub it into your scalp and leave the mixture on your hair for 20 minutes or more. Rinse using a mild shampoo and water.

Tip #4 – Use Aloe Vera to Soothe That Itching

Aloe Vera is known for its moisturizing properties that relieve dry skin and itching. When people have burns or sunburn, they’ll often turn to Aloe Vera for some relief.

Purchase Aloe Vera gel, massage into the scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it out. It’s a simple remedy that works wonders for your skin.

Tip #3 – Use a Homemade Banana Hair Mask

Bananas are an amazing ingredient that you can add to your hair mask. You’ll want to add the following ingredients to a bowl:

  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Tablespoons onion juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

I recommend using organic honey if possible. Utilizing all of these components, mash them up and mix them well. Once complete, you’ll:

  1. Apply the mixture to your scalp.
  2. Leave the hair mask on for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash out with water and shampoo.

Pay attention: This is a routine you’ll want to follow 2 – 3 times per day for a week to alleviate itchy scalp.

Tip #2 – Dump Hair Care Products Containing Alcohol

Your favorite hair care products may be the cause of your itchy scalp. What you want to do is take a thorough inventory of your hair care products and look for any that contain:

  • Alcohol
  • Parabens

When you come across these ingredients, take a big, deep breath, and throw them in the garbage. Alcohol and parabens will dry out your scalp, removing all moisture and leading to dry skin.

This dry skin is the cause of most people’s itchy scalp.

Tip #1 – Improve Your Vitamin Intake

Your diet plays a huge role in the health of your hair and skin. If you’re not following a proper diet, you’ll find that your skin and hair will never be perfect.

Why? A diet that is deficient in the appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals will cause your hair and skin to suffer.

A few tips to improve your diet and vitamin intake include:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids should be taken as a supplement or through eating fish.
  • Vitamin A is important, and can be supplemented or obtained from potatoes, squash, carrots, eggs and several other foods.
  • Vitamin B is another essential vitamin that often needs to be supplemented. You can also get Vitamin B from meat, dairy and leafy greens.
  • Vitamin C, obtained from citrus fruits and leafy greens, is a must-have.

Keep in mind: A good multivitamin is recommended as well to help offset any vitamin deficiencies you may have.

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