A very common reason for dry scalp is an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called malassezia. Other reasons your head may be dry and itchy is because of dry scalp, eczema, or psoriasis. The worst reason your head is really itchy? Head lice.
These tiny wingless insects live their entire lives on human scalps, feasting only on human blood. Aside from the common cold, head lice can be the biggest plague in an elementary school. In 1997 – it has been estimated – approximately 1 out of every 4 elementary school children in the US had lice.
The typical responses to head lice and dry scalp are to go to the shop and buy special shampoos. Shampoos with zinc pyrithione, ketoconazole, coal tar and selenium sulfide, and salicylic acid.
There are, however, natural options.
Get Rid of Lice Naturally
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil is a natural insecticide, turning it into an effective remedy for head lice.
Mix together one teaspoon of tea tree oil, 1 ounce of natural shampoo or conditioner together with 3 tablespoons of coconut or perhaps olive oil. Apply the treatment carefully in all parts of your hair and cover the head with a bath cap or even towel. Keep your head covered for a half an hour, then rinse your hair completely with hot water.
To finish, comb through your hair while it is still wet to get rid of the killed lice.
Apply generously before going to bed. Place a bath cap or bath towel on your head to keep the oil on your hair during sleep. The next day, comb out all the lice and rinse your hair with some organic hair shampoo that contains tea tree oil.
You can also try combining ½ a cup of olive oil with ½ a cup of conditioner and adding a little liquid soap. Put this mixture onto your hair and leave for an hour. Now, rinse your hair and also apply conditioner.
Also comb thoroughly after treating your hair, to remove the dead lice. Repeat this treatment again after a week for best results.
Natural Remedies To Dry Scalp
Baking soda reduces overactive fungi that can cause dandruff. Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp. Then rinse. Your hair may get dried out at first, but after a few weeks your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and dandruff-free.
Apple cider vinegar
As the acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, it becomes harder for yeast to grow. Mix a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water in a spray bottle and spray onto your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. This needs to be done twice a week to be effective.
Coconut oil is known as the “tried and true” dandruff treatment, and it smells nice too! When you wake up, massage 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp and let sit for about an hour. Shampoo normally. An alternative to waiting an hour, is finding natural shampoo with coconut oil already in it.
Just massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water – the acidity helps balance the pH of your scalp.. Then stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat this daily until your dandruff disappears.
Stop the itch by massaging aloe vera into your scalp before shampooing. The cooling effects of aloe vera will soothe the itch.
To treat a bad case of dandruff, wash your hair with your regular shampoo, then rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Follow with your regular conditioner. The anti-fungal properties in mouthwash help prevent dandruff-causing yeast from growing.
You can also use olive oil or tea tree oil to rejuvenate and rehydrate your hair and scalp. Two other great remedies you can find in your kitchen are salt and garlic. Shake the salt, or crush the fresh garlic into your hair, massage, and rinse before shampooing naturally.
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