If you’ve ever had scalp eczema or an itchy scalp you will know how maddening it can be.
Sometimes you wonder if you might even have nits and the dry skin flaking is embarrassing. Because eczema on the scalp is harder to treat it can get out of hand, hiding unseen under your hair – how do you keep your scalp moisturised without leaving your hair greasy?
Here are a few tips to save your scalp unecessary pain:
- Wash hair only when you need to. If it’s not greasy, try not to wash it. But if it’s particularly sore, bleeding etc. washing can help to clear up your scalp and help you feel cleaner.
- Don’t blow dry – if your scalp is particularly bad try to leave time for your hair to dry naturally if you can. Hair dryers can really dry out your scalp and will exacerbate the problem. Make extra time, get up earlier and towel dry instead. Drive with the windows open and just let it dry naturally.
- Use gentle, natural shampoo – I’m trying BareFoot SOS dry scalp shampoo at the moment but there are lots you could try like Neutrogena, Faith in Nature or E45 dry scalp shampoo. You could also experiment with soap nuts which are a truly natural alternative – more to follow on that soon when I’ve tried it myself. nb: Barefoot SOS products contain macadamia nuts – but even with a nut allergy myself I seem to be OK using this shampoo (I only spotted the nut ingredient after using the shampoo a few times)
- Keep Natural – Avoid hair dye, hair sprays, mousses and other hair products that may contain ingredients that may aggravate your scalp.
- Throw away your sharp combs and brushes – This is a tough one. A good sharp comb or brush can be absolute bliss for an itchy scalp but you can do huge amounts of damage when you are combing your hair… yeah we all know what you’re really doing. Digging in the comb and having a really good old scratch of your poor scalp. It may feel incredible but it’s not good. And having that nasty sharp comb lying around is too much temptation. Buy one that is soft smooth plastic, has wide tines and is not metal – it will be kinder to your scalp, even when you do give in and have a bit of a scratch… Tangle Teasers are great as they have very soft bristles.
- Try scalp oils for an intensive treatment – Look for natural scalp oils, apply to wet hair and massage into your scalp. Put a warm towel over your head and have a mini home pamper treatment. If you can do this when you’re not going out and wear a scarf in bed, wash off in the morning or after a couple of hours. It may take a little more washing to remove oils but might help. Check out www.balmonds.co.uk Scalp oil and Use code: WHATALLERGY for 20% off.
So whether you have a dry scalp, eczema or psoriasis on your scalp, these few tips here just might help. I may be teaching you stuff you already know but because it’s hidden under your hair it’s easy to ignore and not treat it till it gets quite bad.
What do you do when your scalp gets dry and itchy? How do you help eczema or psoriasis on your scalp heal quickly? What’s your top tip?