Do you suffer from a no poo itchy scalp?
If you do not. Then, you are in luck.
But if you keep scratching your head without any eureka moment. Then, you are much like most of the other beings.
Yeah! The itch on the scalp is real. Most of us suffer from it. It also comes along with bad hair days. Or it is the other way round.
Bad hair brings in irritation to the scalp. That seems like a vicious circle. Not sure what comes first.
But for sure. An itch on the scalp comes within days of a no poo shampoo. No wonder it seems better to wash often to get rid of it.
But to wash with more of no poo shampoo. Or to chuck the no poo method. And grab that expensive salon shampoo bottle?
No. Do not give up on no poo till you read further.
What is a no poo itchy scalp?
The itch on the scalp is its reaction to the no poo method of hair wash. The scalp takes a time to adjust to the new found ways of cleaning.
On a more common term. It is the no poo transition time that follows the no poo method of hair wash.
Moreover, the skin on the head turns dry due to the cleaning. Hence, it signals its discomfort with an itch.
After a no poo shampoo. You can experience a little discomfort. Though the issue happens in the initial phase of making a shift towards the no poo.
But in some cases. The itch may continue for longer periods as well.
If you are a newbie on a route to no poo. Then, you know the susceptible reason for the itchy scalp.
But the itch can happen to others as well. More so for the ones who use the regular methods of shampoo.
Popular reasons for an itch on scalp:
Although the itch due to a shift towards natural means of cleansing hair is normal. At least it is normal in the initial days of transition.
But as a matter of fact. The itch on a scalp can happen even when you do not use the no-poo methods.
In fact, I often find people who are regular with the usual methods of shampoo suffer more from it.
The reasons can be as follows:
1. Acute dryness
You must be familiar with the discomfort that comes with dry skin. The skin becomes parched and creates irritation.
Similar feeling happens when the scalp turns dry.
Blame it either on your dry skin tendencies. Or on the excessive squeaky clean capability of your shampoo.
The result is an irritable scalp. Most of us know the situation as dandruff.
An external agent is bound to make your scalp irritating. Also if the agent happens to be a bad guy like an infection. Then, you are in trouble.
It can be dandruff. Or can be some other infection on the scalp skin.
Some regions have a humid climate. Some other places are nearby industrial and pollution sources.
This causes the infection in hair. In extreme cases, the infection advances to lice infestations as well. Yuck.
This is a situation no one wants to be in. The tiny insects using your head as a breeding joint is horrendous to even think of.
3. Build up
This is by far the most common reason for an itch on the scalp. Build up refers to the accumulation of any foreign material on the scalp.
Be it dirt and dust. Or even the leftover stuff from hair care products.
The regular SLS-induced products cause a lot of build up. But even with no poo cleansers. The build up can happen.
In particular, if the no poo cleaner is too basic. For an instance the no poo baking soda method. Or the rice cleansers.
To keep things simple. Build refers to a mere accumulation of stuff that does not get wiped off with usual cleansing. Rather, gets added more and more with each cleansing schedule.
How to reduce a no poo itchy scalp:
As per the reason for the itch. So, is the respective solution.
1. Dryness induced itch
For combating the dryness induced itchiness. You can apply some conditioning agent to your scalp.
A potent oil best cuts the solution. You can use any of your favorite oil. Though the heavier oils may make your hair strands full with grease. This may further prompt you to wash your hair again. Thereby starting the chain of itch and dryness again.
To skip this routine. Whipped coconut oil provides a solution. In a whipped state, coconut oil feels less greasy. In fact, it seems almost like those hair pomades. An electric hand blender does the whipping job well. Be sure to use a good quality organic coconut oil. Else, you will expose your scalp and hair to mineral oil and silicones. These will cause itchiness and also cause hair fall and other damages.
Hence, it works best for all sorts of dryness. Including the no poo dry scalp.
2. Infection-induced itch
In a worst case scenario. If you end up with an infection on your scalp. Then, do not think and wait much.
Act on the situation quick.
You can mix these oils with your regular oils. That way they will spread in an even manner all over your scalp. Also, using a wooden neem bark comb will also help ease the itch issue. It increases blood circulation to the scalp and also keeps infections at bay.
3. Build up induced itch
Chelating products are the need of the hour for getting rid of product build up.
Most often the build up is alkaline in nature. On the other hand, the chelates are acidic.
Chelates cling to the basic products on the scalp. Thus, forming a bond. This bond suspends in water and hence gets removed. Thereby, setting one free from both the buildup and the associated itch.
Acidic ingredients like apple cider vinegar work best for this situation. Adding disinfectant essential oils to vinegar heightens the therapeutic properties.
1. Tea Tree Oil
I use this one in all my hair care products. With its addition I know that I am always safe from infections and itches.
2. Neem oil
This one works as good as the tea tree oil. Thus, works as a substitute for tea tree oil.
3. Neem Bark Comb
If you make it a habit to comb your mane with a neem comb. Then, most of your hair care worries related to itchiness will ward off. A must for people staying in humid regions.
4. Coconut Oil
I make the coconut oil myself with fresh coconuts. If you cannot or do not want to make the oil yourself. Then, you can use this one. It is certified organic and has no adulterants.
You will see the difference when you will get regular with this one. It is non-greasy and does not give out that peculiar stink that most of the adulterated stuff gives.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Although you can use other acidic products like lemons and curd. But the merits of apple cider vinegar are far too many. In particular, this brand is not made from concentrated apple juice, but from the whole apples. Thus, it is more effective.
The vinegar has a long shelf life and is easy to use. A no poo itchy scalp gets an immediate relief with an apple cider vinegar rinse.
It is a must for DIY beauty projects.
Everyone suffers from an itch on the scalp. Irrespective of how often you shampoo. Or what you use as a shampoo.
The scalp tends to develop an irritation within days of a shampoo.
It may be due to excessive dryness. If not dryness. Then, it could be due to an infection.
Moreover, at times, the product gunk could also be the culprit. It becomes a buildup with the consistent use of hair care products.
This buildup from the cleansing products causes the itch. The act of cleansing associated with the products breaks up the product’s bonds.
A broken part sticks to the dirt/ oil on the mane and scalp. The other part remains stuck to the scalp.
This left over remaining part causes the itch. If left that way, it will stay on your head for long. It does not get wiped off on its own. Also, it even does not wash off with water.
The solution to their removal is by attaching them to an acidic ingredient.
It is because most of the buildup is basic in nature. Thus, it builds up an affinity with the acid stuff. And when you wash both of them together. They do get washed off.
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