How it tingles! Your scalp is itchy, you’re scratching, and it’s just getting worse? Maddening. Small consolation: It’s a problem that affects many. Almost 75 percent of the world’s population suffers from itchy scalps.
The itching has sometimes nasty consequences: Redness, dandruff and even scratched bloody spots are not uncommon. Is your scalp sensitive, irritated, reddened or flaky? Do not be afraid! With these tips it will soon be better!
Why does the scalp itch?
Itching is a symptom that can hardly be ignored. From morning till night there is this irritating feeling and the irrepressible urge to scratch. The reasons for this can be predisposition, stress or the wrong hair care or nutrition. But also hormone fluctuations, the dry heating air in winter or the excessive UV -radiation in summer can all be triggers for itching. We have summarized the 4 most common causes:
1. wrong hair care can cause itching
Allergic reactions to hair care products can be the cause. Therefore, change your hair care products in any case, even if itching is slight. “Also over-care – that is, too many hair care products, too frequent hot hair washing and blow-drying – can irritate the scalp in the long run. You can tell that you are doing too much of a good thing for your hair by itching and, above all, by a dry, reddened scalp,” emphasizes our expert, alternative practitioner Claudia Dippel.
2. hormone fluctuations lead to itching of the head
An unbalanced hormone system can lead to very dry, sensitive scalp and thus also to itching. “Reasons for this can be, for example, hypothyroidism or a severe estriol deficiency. Estriol is a hormone that is important, among other things, for moisturising the (head) skin,” says Claudia Dippel.
3. stress-related itching is becoming more frequent
Being under stress and electricity is more common than unusual in today’s world. The problem: “Stress leads to hyperacidity of the scalp and a concomitant lack of minerals,” emphasizes our expert.
Little tip: A hair mineral analysis provides information.
7 anti-stress tips
4. fungal infections or eczema cause severe itching
“A fungus on the scalp usually causes extreme itching. If you are affected, the scalp can also show red and scaly spots”, says dermatologist Dr. Susanne Steinkraus from Hamburg. In addition, the lymph nodes in the neck and throat area can be enlarged
Often eczema can also be the cause of severe itching of the scalp. The alternative practitioner Dippel explains that in this case the affected person usually has redness and dandruff on the scalp. At the same time, red and scaly skin areas on the face often occur.
By the way: Especially if you have children, the itching could also simply come from lice. These form small nits. They cause itching – and are easy to find when you inspect the scalp closely. If you are affected, special shampoos from the pharmacy can help.
What to do about itchy scalp?
Before you act, you should clarify why your scalp itches. If the symptoms persist, it is definitely important that you consult a doctor and do not tamper with yourself for too long. “Do not scratch in any case, otherwise the scalp will become even more irritated! In addition, scratching damages the hair structure in the long run”, says Dr. Steinkraus. Depending on the cause, however, different household remedies, cosmetics or conventional medical treatments can be of great help.
These 7 tips can help to alleviate itching on the scalp:
Tip 1: Mild care often works wonders
If the reason for the scalp itching is an allergic reaction to your everyday hair care products, it would be good if you replaced them with milder care. Alternative practitioner Dippel recommends organic shampoos with tea tree oil or black cumin oil. A great beauty trend is straight solid hair soaps, which are also particularly mild to the scalp.
This is good for hair soap as shampoo alternative
Basically you should not wash your hair every day. Nor should you use shampoo every time you wash your hair – no matter how mild it is. “A shampoo diet, where you only wash your hair with warm water as often as possible, is the best way to protect the scalp,” says Dr. Susanne Steinkraus.
Tip 2: Apple vinegar water regulates the scalp
“Where the skin is dry, irritated, reddened and itchy, there it is also acidified,” says Claudia Dippel. A rinse with apple vinegar water, also known as “sour rinse”, ensures that your scalp regains its balance.
For a rinse with cider vinegar, mix two tablespoons of organic cider vinegar with one litre of water. Apply this mixture to your hair after washing with shampoo. Important: An apple cider vinegar rinse does not need to be washed out.
Tip 3: Fermented rice water improves the pH value
If the scalp itches, everything indicates that something is wrong with its pH value. But how do you fix it? “A somewhat more complex, but very effective method for a balanced pH value on the scalp is fermented rice water,” says Dippel.
For this you should use organic basmati rice. Then mix it with twice the amount of water and leave it to stand for 24-48 hours. Leave the conditioner to work for 15-30 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Shampoo alternatives in the test
Tip 4: A hair conditioner with field horsetail tea soothes
“A hair conditioner with field horsetail tea supplies your scalp with minerals and cools it down pleasantly when it itches,” says Dippel. To do this, mix 1 tablespoon of field horsetail tea with 0.5 litres of cold water and leave the mixture to stand for 4 hours. Then you pour off half the liquid and refill the poured amount with hot water. The hair conditioner is ready.
The field horsetail tea is available here
Tip 5: Spray your scalp with lavender water
Lavender water is very helpful for acute itching. You can spray this directly onto the scalp and do not need to rinse it out. Nice side effect: The hair smells nice and fresh all day long.
You can buy lavender water from Primavera here
Little tip: Keep the vial in the refrigerator for a pleasant cooling effect.
Tip 6: Wild boar bristles improve blood circulation
If you have to fight with itching from time to time, i.e. at times, then you can prevent it in itch-free Times with a brush made of wild boar bristles brush your hair intensively in the morning and evening.
“This stimulates the blood circulation of the scalp so that a too dry or too oily scalp can regulate itself. This massively reduces the risk of itching,” emphasizes alternative practitioner Claudia Dippel.
Here you can order such a brush
Tip 7: A healthy diet is the basis
“Sometimes nutrition can certainly have an influence on the state of the scalp”, knows Dr. Susanne Steinkraus and explains: “For example, vegan and vegetarian food can lead to a deficit of iron and zinc, which the body needs for hair formation. Even after radical slimming cures, brittle hair and dry scalp can show that the body is missing something”. So it is best to consult a doctor if the complaints do not subside despite the above tips.
Basically the following applies to itching scalps: Not much helps much, but less is more. An irritated scalp needs time to calm down and regenerate. Observe closely what your head comes into contact with every day and pay attention to your diet. Often the cause of itchy scalp lies inside.