With natural hair, I never quite feel that breezy feeling when the air hits my scalp. Also, scalp scrubbing is purported to help hair growth. I use scalp scrubs and I love them because they make me feel like my scalp is clean.
When discussing hair care, it’s important to acknowledge that all hair types are not the same. I have thick, curly, African American hair. The scrubs with olive oil in them are not advisable for thin hair. The mixture with cornmeal is great for drying an oily scalp.
In a bowl, mix:
The Tingly Scalp
Sweet Olive Oil
Sticky And Sweet Olive Oil
Stir until it is thoroughly mixed. I part my hair and apply the mixture to my scalp with a toothbrush.
There is not a one size fits all solution for itchy scalp. Most people think scalp problems are as simple as oil balance, however, when one has chronic illness, there could be so many reasons for itchy scalp. In my experience, my scalp becomes really itchy right before it falls out in that spot so I try to be very proactive in resolving the skin flare and hopefully saving my hair.
I'll start with the simple solution and suggest some remedies you may not have considered.
Maybe your scalp is oily- Try a different shampoo. Many people have had shampoo suggested because the ingredients or the development process is supposed to be better for hair health, the environment, animals, or even your specific illness. What good are any of those things if you are experiencing scalp discomfort or even hair loss? One of the not-so-pretty truths about chronic illness is that sometimes, we have to use products that are socially unpopular if that's all we can afford of if that's all that works for us. Avoiding products could mean avoiding a solution to a serious problem.
Oily scalp continued- Do you have mystery bumps similar to pimples or severely oily hair? Try your astringent/freshener that you use on your face. Part your hair in fourths and hold the sections with bands or clips then part the sections into smaller sections and use a cotton ball to dab the skin with the oil balancer.
Maybe your scalp is dry- Use a scalp moisturizer. Most ethnicities do not moisturize their hair even less believe in moisturizing their scalp. If you know your scalp is dry, it's time to try creme moisturizers or natural oil combinations and applying them directly your scalp. (I have different natural oil mixture suggestions on this Bath & Body page.) Part your hair in fourths and hold the sections with bands or clips then part the sections into smaller sections and use your fingers or a spray bottle to apply the oils. Massage your scalp with your finger tips. If you have oily hair but a dry scalp, be careful to only use a small amount of oil because whatever doesn't absorb into your skin will get in your hair.
Maybe your scalp is affected by your illness in an unexpected way- Here are some unconventional suggestions to try if you think your scalp discomfort is more than just oiliness or dryness:
Vitamin A&D Ointment- Many people are familiar with Vitamin A&D Ointment because it is used for diaper rash. It can heal skin that is irritated for any number of reasons. As with other scalp treatments, part your hair in fourths and hold the sections with bands or clips then part the sections into smaller sections and use your fingers to rub the ointment into your scalp. Massage all over your scalp with your finger tips. My only word of caution is that this will obviously make your scalp oily, and perhaps your hair too oily depending on how much you use.
Antifungal Cream- Some people have higher about of fungus in their bodies. If you have frequent yeast infections, MRSA or other fungal infections, this is worth a try. Part your hair in fourths and hold the sections with bands or clips then part the sections into smaller sections and use your fingers to rub the ointment into your scalp. Massage your scalp with your finger tips.
Hydrocortisone- Maybe the itch is eczema or some other skin irritation that causes itch and the only thing that will work is hydrocortisone; so try it. Like all of the other suggestions, part your hair in fourths and hold the sections with bands or clips then part the sections into smaller sections and use your fingers to rub the ointment into your scalp. Massage your scalp with your finger tips to make sure you get it all over.
*I'm not a health care professional or a esthetician. My suggestions are based off of my experience with chronic illness and skin flares and thing I have tried that have worked.
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