Having an itchy scalp is one of the most frustrating, yet common problems for women with Afro hair. It's a nuisance whether you are in the boardroom, hanging out with friends, on a busy commute or a hot date.
An itchy scalp can be tricky to get to the root of but is often caused by sensitivity to ingredients and infrequent cleansing of the scalp.
Here are a few tips on how to combat an itchy scalp.
Check the ingredients in your hair products
Sensitivity to artificial fragrances (parfum) and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) can lead to itchiness. Artificial fragrances are used in many products while sodium lauryl sulphate is often found in shampoos and is the cleansing agent responsible for foaming. Not only can SLS cause itching, it is extremely drying to Afro hair so it's better to opt for a shampoo that uses a gentler cleansing agent like cocamidopropyl betaine or cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine.
Clean your scalp regularly
An itchy scalp may simply be a sign that you need to wash your hair more frequently. The build-up of dirt and pollution can cause itchiness. If you notice your hair is okay for the first few days after washing and becomes itchier as time progresses, it's a good idea to decrease the time between your wash days. We recommend washing your hair every 7-10 days with a sulphate-free shampoo and every two weeks if you are wearing braids.
Use a scalp oil
Having a consistent hair routine can make the world of a difference. Using a scalp oil with ingredients such as lavender and eucalyptus can relieve itchinesss. Applying such an oil to your scalp immediately after washing and a couple of times throughout the week should do the trick. Our scalp oil Soothe has been especially formulated to relieve itchiness.
Seek medical advice
An itchy scalp is easier to treat if you know what the problem is. Unfortunately it's not always that straightforward. If you are suffering from excessive itching and if this is accompanied by other symptoms like bald patches, it's best to book an appointment with your GP or trichologist as soon as possible.