Dry and itchy scalp is something that we can all relate to, and something that I used to get quite regularly. Itching scalp is annoying especially when you are in public and it is not good to scratch your scalp as this can cause more discomfort and even scabs. There are numerous causes of dry scalp:
- Central heating at home or work
- Too much vitamin A
- Too many hair products clogging the pores
- Inadequate amounts of vitamins
I have tried numerous products on the market and none of them helped the condition. My scalp would stop itching for a day or two after being washed and then it would begin itching again. My hairdresser suggested an excellent product called Top Brass Anti Dandruff hair groom which worked for me for many years but late last year the product was discontinued.
I have searched high and low for this product and looked online but I can no longer purchase it. From previous experience I know that many of the products in the shops do not work for me so I decided to research natural home remedies. Repeatedly I found that lemon juice was being mentioned as a remedy for dry and itchy scalp.
Lemons have antiseptic properties which revitalize and heal the scalp and help to prevent further itching. I decided to give it a try. I simply cut the lemon in half and then squeezed the juice into a plastic bowl. I then parted my hair into sections, dipped my fingers into the lemon juice and then massaged it into my scalp. I left this on my scalp for 30 minutes and then washed and conditioned my hair as usual. 5 days after doing this I can honestly say that my scalp has not itched and I do not have any dry scalp. I am really pleased as this is a cheap and easy way to treat dry and itchy scalp and most importantly it is effective. I feel as though it is treating the problem rather than just clearing it up for a few days untill the next wash. I intend to continue this step every time that I wash my hair for the next few weeks.
Some people have had success by following the same steps giving above but using tea tree oil instead of lemon juice. Tea tree oil has germicidal, antibacterial, antiseptic and fungicidal properties that can help treat dry scalp. I have tried this once but I did not find it to be as effective as lemon juice.
Another excellent tip is to allow the lemon juice to soak for 10 minutes, and then massage olive oil into the scalp on top of it. Olive oil is a great moisturizer for the scalp, and even conditioning for the hair but it can be a bit heavy which is why it is best to leave it in for about 20- 30 minutes and then wash it out. Oil has anti- fungal properties which can reduce scalp itchiness, this will help the scalp to stop flaking.
If you have been scratching your scalp and it is sore, it is likely that you will get a tingling sensation when you put the lemon juice on your scalp. This happened to me also but it subsides after a few minutes. It is just the reaction of the acidic lemon coming into contact with broken skin.
This method has really helped me and it means that I do not have to rely on expensive shop bought products which, in my experience, have not delivered what they promise on the bottle. This method is cheap and you can probably find the ingredients in your kitchen. I hope that you will give this method a try, and I look forward to hearing your success stories!