There are many things you can do and consider to make a difference to the appearance of an itchy, flaky scalp. Some factors, in addition to a change in the seasons, that can cause dry scalp, including stress, certain shampoos and hair products, and dietary deficiencies. It’s time to take action and do something about it.
- The first is to avoid chemical-based shampoos and wash thoroughly using our natural manuka oil infused shampoo on your itchy scalp. Our shampoo is formulated to not contain Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and other harsh toxins that will irritate your scalp. Instead, our Shampoo is full of natural ingredients that will cleanse and nourish your scalp and hair. Manuka oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal making it very effective for treating dandruff by unclogging pores in the scalp and helps rid your scalp of irritating chemical residues left behind by other shampoos and products.
- Our second top tip is to gently massage your scalp when you shampoo your hair. This will help to loosen flakes without leaving your scalp damaged or irritated. Leave the shampoo on the scalp for upwards of 2 minutes to allow the active ingredients like the manuka oil to clear the scalp and skin of bacteria.
- Avoid using hair styling products wherever possible, they are not only filled with harsh toxins that cause build-up and itching they aren’t great for your lungs or the environment.
- Dietary deficiencies like depriving your body of enough water or essential nutrients found in healthier foods could cause your skin and scalp to dry out. The best vitamins for dry scalps are; Omega-3&6, they help keep your skin and scalp hydrated. Vitamin D deficiencies can cause dry, flaky skin. Vitamin A & C are two vitamins are known to promote the production of natural oils in the scalp; natural oils help the scalp retain moisture and not dry out. Lastly, vitamin B-12 can help skin retain moisture, reducing the redness and dryness commonly associated with scalp irritation. These vitamin supplements coupled with a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water will help to keep the skin barrier healthy.
- If you have an excessively flaky, greasy scalp you may also like to massage your scalp with Jojoba oil or Coconut oil with 1-2 drops of manuka oil which have antifungal and antimicrobial properties at least 30 minutes before shampooing. This calms the sebaceous glands in your scalp which release too much sebum to cause the greasiness. Using a natural conditioner, that has rich hydrating botanical oils like Moroccan oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Vitamin E and B5 well help soothe the most sensitive scalps and restore your scalp’s moisture levels are out they are out of whack.
Common causes of an itchy scalp?
One of the most common causes of an itchy scalp is harsh foaming agents, particularly the detergent Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), used in many high street shampoos. SLS is what gives these shampoos their foaminess, but it is known as the most common cause of skin and scalp irritants.
If SLS is the cause of your problem, simply avoiding all the products with this ingredient will make a huge 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. Skin conditions such as seborrheic eczema and scalp psoriasis also cause itchiness and flaking. Seborrheic eczema produces greasier, yellowy flakes, whilst scalp psoriasis is characterised by red patches with silver scales. Flaking occurs when the scalp loses more dead skin cells than usual and they aren’t removed when you brush or wash your hair.
If you have flakiness without the itching, the chances are 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 and the harsh ingredients may irritate your scalp, causing your skin to flake and itch even more.
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 Hair care 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.