An itchy scalp can happen to anyone, any time! It can be caused by skin conditions like dandruff and eczema. It can also be a reaction from a product or a change in the weather. If your scalp is suddenly inflamed and red, here are a few ways to calm it down:
Change your shampoo.
Your scalp is like the skin on your face. Meaning, using a shampoo (a.k.a a "cleanser") that is too drying is a no-no. Keep your scalp balanced by switching to one with menthol and hydrating ingredients such as honey. A soothing shampoo will get rid of the itchy sensation while moisturizing your scalp and sloughing off dead skin cells.
TRY: Selsun Blue Pro-X Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Itchy Scalp, P335/120ml, Lazada
Rinse with vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties keep itchiness at bay. But honestly, who wants their strands to smell of suka? Alternatively, you can use a rinsing vinegar! This unique product removes dirt, oil, and flakes on your scalp while leaving your tresses soft and shiny!
TRY: Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar, P495, SM Aura
Wash your hair with cold water.
We're not saying you should give up those calming warm showers. But rinsing with cold water will stop any itchiness in an instant. Plus, this practice will leave your scalp feeling squeaky clean! ;)
Try a scalp treatment.
This often contains potent ingredients that instantly work its way into your scalp and cleanse it of any bacteria or dirt. Look for one with witch hazel, tea tree oil, aloe vera, and peppermint oil to reduce irritation and redness.
TRY: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment, P1,870, Sephora.ph
Exfoliate your scalp.
The right exfoliating hair mask will draw out impurities and dirt from your scalp without drying out your locks. Create your own by mixing the famous Aztec Clay Mask with apple cider vinegar and water. (Ed's Note: To avoid irritation, only do this once or twice a week and don't leave the mask on your hair and scalp for more than 15 minutes!)
TRY: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask, P525, Healthy Options
Give tea tree oil a chance.
Yup, tea tree oil isn't just for banishing zits! Combine a few drops of tea tree oil with water, dip a cotton ball in it, and gently apply it on your scalp before going to bed. This gentle formula will help prevent dryness and flakes from forming.
TRY: Human Nature Tea Tree Oil, P295, Beauty Bar
Tone down on the hairspray and dry shampoo.
Give your scalp and tresses a break from hairspray and dry shampoo. These two products, combined with not shampooing your locks every day, can lead to product and dirt building up on your scalp, which triggers the itch!
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.