Question: What is the best itchy scalp treatment?
Answer: Having a dry and itchy scalp can be frustrating. Finding the right products to tackle the problem head-on can be even more frustrating. For us dandruff sufferers, a regular shampoo and conditioner regime doesn’t always do the trick. I’m a hair product hoarder so I understand the struggles of finding the perfect match for your hair. An itchy scalp requires a bit more tender love and care. For example, tea tree oil is a great treatment because it soothes and nourishes itchy scalp. Piling on tons of product only makes the build-up of dandruff worse. “Less is more” is the key to tackling part one of the itchy scalp dilemma. It’s okay to eliminate products that you don’t need, especially if you’re a hair junky like me. It takes time, but resisting temptation is a must!
According to the US National History of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of a tea tree. (Not to be confused with black or green tea leaves.) It is a great remedy for an itchy scalp, including dandruff and psoriasis. It is also effective for acne, athletes foot, and nail fungal infections. Some hair care products that contain tea tree oil include Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree line and Organix Scalp Therapy Australian Tea Tree shampoo + conditioner.
There are plenty of products to help a dry scalp. However, nothing comes close to an old-fashioned hot oil treatment. Feel free to gasp now! Hot oil sounds frightening but it is not as scary as you think. To get you started, pour about 1 tbsp to 2 tbsp of olive oil into a small saucepan on low heat (you can use more or less oil depending on your hair type). Make sure the oil is not scorching hot when you apply it to your scalp. We just want warm oil. Before you apply the oil, part your hair into small sections. You can apply the oil using a wooden spoon. Remember to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Once the oil is applied, let it sit for several minutes and then proceed to massage your scalp. You want to make sure it gets distributed and penetrates your scalp. This works on wet or dry hair. I prefer to do this as a pre-shampoo treatment and cover my hair with a head wrap overnight. Olive oil is a great multi-purpose ingredient, in that it helps relieve a dry and itchy scalp while acting as a moisturizing element.
A couple of other products that help an itchy scalp include Neutrogena’s T/Gel line, which contains tar coal and salicylic acid for extreme flakiness and dandruff. You can use this on it’s own or along with your regular shampoo. It is recommended that you apply this daily for effective use. Head & shoulders is another great line, as it contains pyrithione zinc which treats dandruff, seborrhea, and flakiness. This line has several different shampoos and conditioners, for both men and women. So, if you’ve been looking for a solution to an itchy scalp, you’re in luck today!
What are your tips and tricks for treating an itchy scalp? Did your favorite product make the list?