Itchy Scalp

Written by Liza Hartung
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How many of us have experienced the annoyance of itchy scalp? I know I have. You're sitting there, in a big group of people, and your head starts to itch. So, you scratch it. Then, it itches again. Okay, two scratches isn't a big deal. But when it itches a third time, you start to wonder if you scratch it again, will the people around you think you have dandruff or some other scalp problems? Yes, you know what I'm talking about.

Itchy scalp can be due to a few things. It can be caused by a build-up of products used on the hair. You may have a shampoo and a conditioner that you just love, but it may not be rinsing off thoroughly or it may be too thick. If this is suspected to be the case, pick up a cleansing shampoo and use that for a few days. When you notice that the itching has subsided, you can go back to your regular shampoo, but continue to use the cleansing one every few days.

You may also have itchy scalp if you use a lot of styling products or hairspray. These can cause a lot of build-up on your scalp and can be quite itchy. Try not to use them for a few days. Shampoo your hair well with a cleansing a moisturizing shampoo. When your scalp begins to feel better, try not to use as many products as you are used to. You can get your hair to do what you want with pins or lighter products.

Itchy Scalp Due to Dandruff

You may be having a scalp that itches because of dandruff. Not only does it itch, but you get flakes falling from you head every time you scratch. If this is the case, make sure you are getting enough water and calcium. Also, dandruff forms because of yeast, so you might want to avoid foods with high yeast contents. These consist of foods such as cheese, bread, wine and other alcoholic beverages. Trying a dandruff shampoo with ZPT (zinc pyrithione) or selenium sulfide may also help.


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