Homemade Scalp Remedies

Tired of messing up your up-do's by scratching them down? Try these homemade scalp remedies.

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Scratching is never considered polite, and an itchy scalp is one of the worst itches to have because it is nearly impossible to scratch discreetly. Furthermore, chronic scalp itching is generally accompanied by flakes and even hair loss, making it a cosmetic nightmare. If you are trying to learn to live with the torture, do not give in. Instead, try some simple, homemade scalp remedies that will have you tossing your hair (and not scratching your head) in no time!

Cleaning Out Your Hair

One of the main reasons for itchy scalp is disgustingly simple: dirty hair. Even if you wash your hair every day, excessive product use or the failure to remove all of the buildup on your scalp can create a serious itch. Once or twice a week, treat your scalp to an apple cider vinegar cleanse. Work 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar through your hair all the way to your scalp. Massage it into the skin of your head using the tips of your fingers, but not your fingernails. The vinegar will clean product buildup off your hair and scalp while attacking any inflammation or fungal infections at the roots of your hair. After about 20 minutes, rinse out the apple cider vinegar using lukewarm water.

Essential Oil Treatments

There are many essential oils that can help with an itchy or inflamed scalp if the problem is due to a fungal infection or just your habitual scratching. Add 3 drops of rosemary oil, lavender oil or both to 1/2 cup of warm water and work the mixture into your hair. Massage the oil through your hair and into your scalp. Let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.

Organic Tea Treatments

If you have dark hair, an organic tea treatment could help your scalp. This treatment will make light hair look dingy. Brew a strong cup of organic herbal tea. Let the tea steep for 20 minutes and make sure the mixture is cool before you work it into your hair and all the way to the roots and scalp. If you plan to shampoo or condition your hair, do that before this treatment. Allow the mixture to sit on your scalp for at least 20 minutes before rinsing it out with cool water.

Coconut Oil Treatments

If your scalp condition is interfering with the growth of your hair, then this treatment is perfectly suited to your needs. Coconut oil not only soothes inflammation on your scalp, but it encourages hair growth as well. Massage coconut oil into damp hair, working the oil all the way to your scalp. Remember, resist that urge to scratch. Use the tips of your fingers but not the nails. Leave the oil on overnight and rinse your hair in the morning with cool water.

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