Is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) the cause of your itchy scalp?
One of the most common causes of an itchy scalp is harsh foaming agents, particularly the detergent Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). It is used in many high street shampoos and is what gives these shampoos their foaminess. However, it is known as the most common cause of skin and scalp irritants.
Simply avoiding all the products with this ingredient will make a massive difference to your itchy scalp. We do not use SLS in any of our products. However, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) isn’t the only thing that can cause an itchy scalp.
Is seborrheic eczema the cause of your itchy scalp?
Skin conditions such as seborrheic eczema and scalp psoriasis also cause itchiness and flaking. As a result, seborrheic eczema produces greasier, yellowy flakes, whilst red patches with silver scales characterise scalp psoriasis. Flaking occurs when the scalp loses more dead skin cells than usual, and they aren’t removed by brushing or washing your hair.
If you have flakiness without the itching, you probably have dandruff which is most common in people with oily hair. Dandruff is a common and very visible condition, made worse when your scalp isn’t properly moisturised. Most supermarket brands of chemical-based anti-dandruff shampoos may clear away dead skin cells, but they won’t equalise your scalp’s moisture. Furthermore, these harsh ingredients continue to irritate your scalp, causing your skin to flake and itch even more.
Some factors, in addition to a change in the seasons, can cause dry scalp, including stress, certain shampoos and hair products, and dietary deficiencies.
Why switch to a natural shampoo and conditioner?
Switching to natural, non-toxic shampoo and conditioner is not only better for the environment; it can also be better for the appearance of your hair. One of the benefits of natural shampoo and conditioner, if the most obvious, is you know exactly what you’re exposing yourself and your family too. In addition to the eco-friendly ingredients, switching to a natural shampoo and conditioner can potentially help your scalp and hair look and feel healthier. Once you make the change, however, you may wish you had tried it sooner.
Our Haircare range is perfect for relieving a sensitive scalp. The natural, toxin-free formula is designed to leave their scalp grease-free, and hair soft and manageable.