What Hair Care Product Is Good for an Itchy Scalp?

Curing your itchy scalp can be as simple as changing the shampoo you use.

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Whether your itchy scalp is caused by dandruff, psoriasis or some other condition, one thing's for sure: It's both annoying and potentially embarrassing. Don't spend the day scratching your scalp in secret or brushing flakes off your shoulders -- attack that itchy scalp head on instead. Through a little experimentation with different options, you can find the hair care product that works best.

Regular Shampoos

Itchy scalp is usually the result of too much oil on your scalp or a dry scalp. Yes, it's a total contradiction, so you'll need to experiment to see which problem you have. Sometimes the solution to an itchy scalp can be as simple as washing your hair regularly with a gentle shampoo. Try a clarifying shampoo a few times per week, and gently massage your scalp while you wash your hair to make sure you eliminate the build-up of styling products and oils.

Dandruff Shampoos

If regular shampoos don't do the trick, head to the anti-dandruff aisle. You have several options, and no two are exactly alike, so again you'll have to just try a few before you find the right shampoo for you. If your scalp itch is the result of a fungus, products containing zinc pyrithione could be the answer; these include shampoo brands like Head & Shoulders. Shampoos containing selenium sulfide or coal tar can help slow down how fast you lose skin cells on your scalp, which may reduce flakes and itching. These products include brands like Selsun Blue and Neutrogena T/Gel. Nizoral is another brand that you may want to try; it contains ketoconazole, and according to MayoClinic.com, this type of antifungal agent "may work when other shampoos fail." As you try these shampoos, use them every other day at first, then increase your usage to every day before giving up on them. Rub the shampoo into your scalp and leave it there for five minutes to let the ingredients work on your skin.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural remedy that may cure your itchy scalp as well as the other chemical options. You should be aware that you may be allergic to tea tree oil, so if you develop more severe itching or a redness in your scalp, stop using it -- this is true for any itchy scalp treatment. Tea tree oil is found in several brands of shampoos, many available in specialty salons or health food stores. Try this natural option as an antiseptic agent and see if it works for you.

Other Options

In addition to hair care products, you can help your itchy, dry scalp in other ways. Eat a healthy diet full of fatty acids and vitamin B; according to BBC Health, a lack of these nutrients in your system can be a cause of scalp health problems. Additionally, try to spend regular time in the sun, and try to reduce the stress in your life. MayoClinic.com recommends both of these alternative remedies to reduce dandruff and scalp health problems.

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