Any tips for itchy scalp relief?
Anyone try applying cocoonut oil?
Hair has been thinning last few years, been eating mostly lacto-paleo-style for past year.
This might seem like sort of an extreme solution, but I recently stopped using shampoo, after having dry scalp for years. After about 7-10 days, I stopped having problems with itching or flaking.
Short of that, I've seen other people on here suggest things like aloe and baking soda in place of shampoo--they'll still get you clean, but they shouldn't be as irritating to your scalp as synthetic shampoos. Something to think about.
Coconut oil (or jojoba oil is another that I've heard others mention) might be an option, but my intuition is that you'd quickly have an over-oiled situation on your hands (or head). Nasty.
An itchy scalp sounds like a yeast infection. Vinegar is the natural enemy of yeast. You could try rinsing your scalp/hair with a rinse of half vinegar/half water. Massage the vinegar/water mix into your scalp and leave it there for a few minutes to give it a chance to work. Massage again and then rinse it out. Use it every time you shampoo for a while and see if the itching goes away.
I got an itchy scalp when I was in a daily situation of extreme stress (on a trading floor in bad markets). In some places on my scalp I developed sores.
While the stress was ongoing, non of the cures on offer provided any relief. Once the stress was gone (I changed jobs) the itchiness subsided and my scalp healed.
I went to a dermatologist for my itchy scalp (and related hair falling) and he told me I had scalp psoriasis.
His advice was to quit shampoo and wash my hair daily with a mixture of water and the juice of half a lime (in a basin). He also gave me a steroidal cream made in Quebec that I applied in small amounts nightly in affected spots on my scalp for the first couple of months.
After 20 to 30 days of that, the itching was greatly reduced and the hair loss almost completely stopped (down to normal level of the occasional hair falling).
Three months later I'm still doing the lime wash.
I've been shampoo free for 5 months. Greasiness went away after 2 weeks, itchiness after 3. It was a very tough ride, this was the 4th or 5th time I've made the attempt, but I finally did it.
I use baking soda now anytime my scalp (or face) feels oily or dirty. You don't have to go crazy with it.
I was very paranoid about my hair looking bad, as I have long hair, which is already deviant for a guy. I didn't want to look homeless. But my girlfriend was paying close attention and it started looking "better than normal" after the 1-2 weeks. Been great since then.
do you use synthetic shampoo? male or female? get that insulin waaay down, zero carb for a while, it helped my (female) thinning hair. go totally 100% gluten free too, like use different pans that gluten is not cooked in etc. that might help too.
When my scalp gets itchy, I've had good results with rubbing coconut oil in, leaving it on for ten minutes or so, then washing out. I use shampoo once a week or so, and just rinsing and using some conditioner on the other days.
I had severe dandruff under my beard and scalp and would sometimes wake up with blood under my fingernails from scratching my beard in my sleep.
All gone after one washing where I skipped the shampoo and used conventional old apple cider vinegar in it's place, on my scalp and beard. I knew something was up because at first I got a pretty sharp sting, as if there were some kind of scrape or rash on the affected area. However, it absolutely eradicated the dandruff, the itching, and the added bonus (and the reason why I used vinegar initially as well) it made my hair look good.
I have just begun to use a coconut milk conditioner, made by Organix, and it has done wonders. No itching, hardly any dry flakes and smells great. It's a little pricey so, if you don't mind paying the price, I would highly recommend it, (by the way, I tried every shampoo and conditioner for dandruff/dry scalp and nothing worked until now).