Tips against a dry and itchy scalp - that really help

Itchy scalp

Do you suffer from an itchy scalp? That constant urge to scratch your head can be very annoying, sometimes even driving you crazy. The itching is usually caused by a sensitive, irritated or dry scalp. If you suffer from this, you are certainly not alone. A tickle on your head is common, but fortunately it can be remedied quickly in most cases! How? Take a quick look at our dry and itchy scalp tips and discover how you can best treat this problem. 

Why is my scalp itchy?

An itchy scalp is almost always caused by a disruption of sebum production and acid mantle. A good balance of these factors is essential for the proper functioning of your natural protective mechanism. When this no longer works properly, you get an irritated and dry scalp that quickly itches.

Sometimes there is more to an itchy scalp, such as: atopic skin. You often suffer from flakes, painful redness and dandruff. In that case, read our tips scalp eczema. Other causes of an itchy scalp include an allergic reaction, medication, illness or parasites such as lice.

The importance of treating an itchy scalp naturally

Now that you know the most common cause of an itchy scalp, you probably understand why using mild products and... natural hair care is so important. An alarming number of shampoos and hair products contain aggressive ingredients that damage the skin's natural protective layer. Chemical treatments such as dyeing can also damage the skin, resulting in itching and a dry scalp.

Some remedies in an itchy and dry scalp treatment may provide temporary relief, but still strip the natural oils from your skin. While these are so important to continue to protect your scalp in the long term.

The 8 best dry and itchy scalp tips

By treating your itchy scalp naturally along with the tips below, you can get rid of itchy scalp for good!

  1. Less washing and handling
  2. Don't scratch (use chamomile spray)
  3. Choose a natural shampoo
  4. Wear your hair loose, without headgear
  5. Apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse
  6. Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle
  7. Avoid stress
  8. Dry scalp mask (argan oil)

1. Less = more: wash and treat less

Strangely enough, if you have an itchy scalp, it is recommended to wash more often. While shampoos and conditioners are a major cause of a damaged protective layer or a dehydrated skin. That is why we recommend washing less if you have itching or a dry scalp. Also skip styling products or cosmetic treatments for the time being until the scalp has calmed down. Do not blow-dry your hair too hot and preferably not at all.

Do you have a dirty scalp due to sweating a lot, for example? Then it is of course good to clean and it is best to use a mild product such as a shampoo without sulfates to use. Aggressive ingredients such as sulphates and parabens can unnecessarily damage the scalp.

Do not wash your hair with water that is too hot, as this is more likely to irritate the scalp.

2. Don't scratch (use chamomile spray)

Even though the itching sometimes drives you crazy, it is really better to scratch as little as possible. Otherwise you can get small wounds that make you itch more. Leave your head alone as much as possible, try to find distractions and read the rest of the itchy scalp tips in this blog. 

Did you know that Chamomile has a calming and anti-itch effect? Our natural face spray Chamomile & Probiotics is therefore perfectly suitable for irritated skin. Spray liberally onto the scalp and then massage gently to effectively treat the itchy scalp naturally.

Itchy scalp tips chamomile

3. Choose a natural shampoo

If a shampoo that is too aggressive is not the cause of your itchy scalp, it can still worsen irritations. Therefore, always choose a natural shampoo, such as one of ours shampoo bars. These are available in different types and consist only of truly pure & natural ingredients. The ingredients are organic, wild-grown or Ecocert certified.

Our Hemp hair soap is perfect natural shampoo against itchy and dry scalp.

Dry scalp treatment

If you have a very sensitive scalp, you are always safe with Flow shampoo bar Rhassoul & Salt. This is so mild and caring that you can even use it as a... natural baby shampoo.

4. Wear your hair loose as much as possible and avoid headgear

If you often wear your hair tied up, this can also cause an itchy scalp because it cannot breathe. A tight ponytail or bun damages the hair follicles. Therefore, loosen your hair as much as possible, especially at night while sleeping. Also avoid wearing headgear. Except in the sun, because it is important that you protect an itchy scalp as much as possible against UV radiation and heat.

5. Apple cider vinegar rinse as a miracle cure for itchy scalp flakes

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most mentioned itchy scalp grandma tips - because it works! Since ancient times, apple cider vinegar has been used in various cultures as a means of disinfecting or soothing the skin. In recent years, this product has been re-embraced in organic hair and scalp care. This also applies to the natural treatment of an itchy scalp.

Organic apple cider vinegar relieves irritation and restores natural balance. With regular use of apple cider vinegar for your hair your scalp builds up resistance against bacteria and fungi that can cause itching and flakes.

6. Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle

As in, so out - this is certainly true when it comes to (scalp) skin problems such as perioral dermatitis, acne or an extreme dry skin treatment. A healthy diet also plays a role in an itchy scalp. Make sure you get enough fresh vegetables and healthy fatty acids, among other things. Drink enough water to hydrate the skin from within. Lifestyle factors such as sufficient exercise and sleep also ensure healthy (scalp) skin.

7. Avoid stress

Stress can, among other things, make you lose hair faster. If this bothers you, we recommend our organic one hair loss shampoo. But did you know that too much tension can also cause a chronic skin condition? Including an itchy scalp. In medicine, this is also called 'lichen simplex chronicus'. You mainly experience itching on the back of your head and neck. This condition is caused by repetitive and compulsive scratching as an expression of stress. In this case there is often already one sensitive skin.

8. Dry scalp hair mask

Many people who suffer from an itchy scalp are looking for a dry scalp hair mask. Quite logical since a dry scalp and itching often go hand in hand. However, we do not recommend using a hair mask if you have a dry scalp. Extra care, such as a natural conditioner or mask, you can of course apply to the hair itself, such as in the dry ends.

Argan oil: use for dry scalp treatment organic argan oil. If you massage the oil on the itchy scalp and let it soak in, it will improve health and stimulate hair growth. Because argan oil is not only suitable for the skin, but also the hair, you can safely use this oil as a dry scalp hair mask!

Dry scalp hair mask

With the above itchy scalp tips you will quickly get rid of that annoying constant tickle on your head! Any questions about treating a problematic or dry scalp? Please feel free to contact our beauty professionals, we will be happy to advise you on the right approach and products.

Also read: dry skin face: what is it and what can you do about it?