What are some causes of itchy scalp

Itchy scalp: 7 tips that will help

How it tingles! Your scalp itches, you scratch and it only gets worse? To drive you mad. Small consolation: it is a problem that affects many. Almost 75 percent of the world's population suffers from an itchy scalp.

The itching can have nasty consequences: redness, scales and even scratched bloody spots are not uncommon. Is your scalp sensitive, irritated, reddened, or flaky? Do not despair! Things will get better soon with these tips!

Why does the scalp itch?

Itching is a symptom that is hard to ignore. From morning to night there is this irritating feeling and the irrepressible urge to scratch yourself. The reasons for this can be predisposition, stress or the wrong hair care or diet. But also hormone fluctuations, the dry heating air in winter or the excessive UV radiation in summer can all trigger itching. We have summarized the 4 most common causes:

1. Incorrect hair care can cause itching

Allergic reactions to hair care products can be to blame. Make sure to change your care products even if the itchiness is slight. "Caring too much - in other words, 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, as well as itching, and above all by a dry, reddened scalp", emphasizes our Expert, naturopath Claudia Dippel.

2. Hormone fluctuations make your head itchy

An unbalanced hormonal system can lead to a very dry, sensitive scalp and thus to itching. "Reasons for this can be, for example, an underactive thyroid or a severe lack of estriol. Estriol is a hormone that is important for moisturizing the (head) skin," says Claudia Dippel.

3. Stress-related itching is becoming more common

Being under stress and electricity is more common nowadays than it is unusual. The problem: "Stress leads to acidification of the scalp and an associated mineral deficiency," emphasizes our expert.

A little hint: A hair mineral analysis provides information.

7 anti-stress tips

4. Fungal infections or eczema cause severe itching

"A fungus on the scalp usually leads to extreme itching. If you are affected, the scalp can also show red and flaky spots," says dermatologist Dr. Susanne Steinkraus from Hamburg. In addition, the lymph nodes in the neck and throat area may be enlarged

Eczema can often be the cause of severe scalp itching. Naturopath Dippel explains that in this case those affected usually have redness and flakes on the scalp. At the same time, red and scaly patches of skin often appear on the face.

By the way: Especially if you have children, the itching could simply be from lice. These form small nits. They cause the itching - and are easy to find when you inspect the scalp carefully. If you are affected, special shampoos from the pharmacy can help.

What to do about itchy scalp

Before you act, clarify why your scalp is itchy. If the symptoms persist, it is definitely important that you see a doctor and not tinker with yourself for too long. "On no account scratch, otherwise the scalp will be irritated even more! In addition, scratching damages the hair structure in the long run," says Dr. Steinkraus. Depending on the cause, different home remedies, cosmetics or conventional medical treatments can be of great help. These 7 tips can help relieve itching scalp:

Tip 1: Mild care often works wonders

If the cause of the scalp itching is an allergic reaction to your everyday hair care products, then it would be a good idea to replace them with milder care products. Naturopath Dippel recommends organic shampoos with tea tree oil or black cumin oil. A big beauty trend are solid hair soaps, which are also particularly mild on the scalp.

Hair soap is good as a shampoo alternative

Basically, you shouldn't wash your hair every day. Also, do not use shampoo every time you wash - no matter how mild it is. "A shampoo diet in which you wash your hair with warm water as often as possible is optimal for your scalp," says Dr. Susanne Steinkraus.

Tip 2: Apple cider vinegar water regulates the scalp

"Where the skin is dry, irritated, reddened and itchy, it is also acidic," says Claudia Dippel. Rinsing your scalp with apple cider vinegar water, also known as an "acidic rinse", will bring your scalp back into balance.

For an apple cider vinegar rinse, mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with one liter of water. You then apply this mixture to your hair after washing with shampoo. Important: An apple cider vinegar rinse doesn't 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. But how do you fix it again? "A somewhat more complex, but very effective method for a balanced pH value on the scalp is fermented rice water," says Dippel.

The best way to do this is to use organic basmati rice. Then mix this with twice the amount of water and let stand for 24-48 hours. It is best to leave the hair treatment on for 15-30 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.

Shampoo alternatives in the test

Tip 4: A hair conditioner with field horsetail tea calms you down

"A hair conditioner with horsetail tea supplies your scalp with minerals and at the same time cools it down pleasantly if it is itchy," says Dippel. To do this, mix 1 tablespoon of field horsetail tea and 0.5 liters of cold water and then let the mix stand for 4 hours. Then you pour off half of the liquid and refill the amount with hot water. The hair conditioner is ready.

Incidentally, 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 have to rinse it off. Nice side effect: The hair smells nice and fresh all day.

You can buy lavender water from Primavera here

A little hint: Keep the bottle in the refrigerator for a pleasant cooling effect.

Tip 6: Boar bristles improve blood circulation

If you have to struggle with itching from time to time, i.e. at times, then you can take preventive action itch-free Brush your hair intensively in the morning and in the evening with a brush made of wild boar bristles.

"This stimulates the blood circulation in the scalp, so that a scalp that is too dry or too oily can regulate itself. This greatly reduces the risk of itching," emphasizes alternative practitioner Claudia Dippel.

You can order such a brush here

Tip 7: A healthy diet is the basis

"Sometimes the diet can definitely have an impact on the well-being of the scalp," says 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's best to consult a doctor if the symptoms persist despite the tips above.

The following applies to scalp itching: not much helps a lot, but less is more. An irritated scalp needs time to calm down and regenerate. Pay close attention to what your head comes into contact with on a daily basis and also pay attention to your diet. It is not uncommon for the scalp to be itchy inside.

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