My hair itches, what can I do ?
If your hair is itching, you already know that capillary well-being is not an empty word. In the middle of an office meeting, during an important dinner or simply when you want to relax peacefully, you are seized with an irrepressible desire to scratch your head!
It is annoying, and you will soon attract heavy glances of innuendo and relating to a false pseudo hygiene. Solutions exist. Against the crook of the secretary of the second corridor, none, but against these cursing itches that annoy you, there are some. Before implementing the appropriate solution for your irritations, it is necessary to understand where the problem comes from.
Why does my scalp scratch me?
If you have eliminated as a possible cause the presence of small undesirable animals, it is therefore that the problem is not on the surface … but in the scalp itself.
It can be dandruff. The scalp renews itself completely normal by eliminating cells that have had their day. This causes no itching. It is when dandruff is too thick and in excessive numbers that the problem is there.
These supernumerary dandruffs may be dry or greasy. Small enough, dry dandruff is light in color: you can see it on the shoulders of clothes. For many of us, they appear in winter, because the heating favors their appearance. In general, they thrive on a too dry scalp. Dandruff is larger and loaded with sebum. They are customary fatty scalps.
Another common cause is an inflammatory condition of the skin that can affect the scalp. It is seborrheic dermatitis. This chronic dermatosis is due to the excessive development of a skin fungus, Malassezia, naturally present on the body at the opening of the hair, and can be aggravated by stress, fatigue, emotional shock or pollution.
On the face, it results in the appearance of red patches that peel and desquamate and on the scalp, by the proliferation of dandruff and by the presence of a red edge of the skin at the edge of the hair. The most severe forms can cause thick crusts on the scalp, reminding seborrheic dermatitis of the newborn and infant.
Finally, psoriasis is a skin disease that, when it affects the scalp, causes the appearance of thick crusts, dandruff and itching.
What are the ways to reduce irritation?
In any case, the first way to reduce irritation will be to use a proper shampoo. Do not believe in the magic wand: let the shampoo work for a few minutes before rinsing it, gently massaging the scalp.
Contrary to popular belief, an anti-dandruff shampoo is not a panacea to reduce a problem of dandruff. It is better to use a dry scalp shampoo.
In the same way, in case of dandruff, it is better to favor a shampoo for oily scalp, because to dry brutally a greasy scalp would only cause it to produce an excessive sebum in reaction.
Indeed, most of the antidandruff shampoos present in the trade have the small defect to present in their composition Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which, because it is irritating and drying, favors precisely the appearance of dandruff!
In general, natural shampoos with coconut oil are known to help get rid of dandruff. And they smell good! Scalp massages with aloe vera will soothe your itching.
In addition, weekly application of essential oils on the scalp will gently remove dandruff and prevent it from coming back. The best blends are based on lavender, rosemary, tea tree and cedar of the atlas.
For fans of hair coloring, of course, it is essential to avoid chemical dyes, very irritating to the scalp, and opt for 100% natural colorations.
In the case of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, the application of essential oils, twice a day for three weeks, can help you. The proper blend will usually be Rosat Geranium essential oils, tea tree, lavender and, most importantly, Argan vegetable oil.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic condition that never heals permanently. However, in the case of scalp dermatitis, available treatments, especially those offered by hair institutes, are effective in removing it and controlling it. It will be the end of itching.
Psoriasis can be countered by the application of a few drops, directly on the scalp, a mixture of essential oils of rose geranium, lavender, tea tree, chamomile fever and, especially, calendula, two to three times a day, until the disappearance of psoriasis and, again, itching.
Finally, because diet can also play a role in the excessive appearance of dandruff, a solution may lie in the limitation of fast sugars, known to promote itching. We must avoid bread and its derivatives, industrial cakes, rice, pasta, sweets … and eat more foods rich in zinc (cocoa, oysters …) and omega-3 (linseed oil and rapeseed, mackerel, sardines, nuts …).
If your decision is made, if you can no longer withstand the itching that plagues the daily, the best thing to do is to make an appointment at a serious hair institute. He will be able to quickly provide you with an accurate diagnosis and will guide you on the choice of products to use.