What can I do about itchy and dry scalp? Can you advise on any products that will help?
Try a small amount of Tea Tree Oil mixed with your shampoo. It works for me. (03/27/2007)
My scalp sometimes gets dry in the winter. Head and Shoulders makes a dry scalp formula that works quite well. (03/28/2007)
If the itch and dryness are a result of overgrowth of yeast aka dandruff, a final rinse in apple cider vinegar works very well. (03/28/2007)
A little drop of Olive oil worked into the scalp is supposed to work well. Leave it in if you hair is short (my brother does this). Maybe if you have longer hair rub into your head at night and wash out in the morning? This page has a few helpful ideas including the Apple Cider Vinegar treatment.
Monique x, Somerset, UK (03/28/2007)
My daughter who is 10 has this problem. So about 3 times a week, after washing her hair I mix about 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar and warm water in the sink and rinse her hair in it. I do not rinse out. Her hair is easier to comb, less itchy, and her dandruff is almost gone. (03/28/2007)
I have recently begun having this problem. There is a new product on the market called Scalpicin. It has worked wonders for me and is easy to use. (03/28/2007)
Sometimes itchy scalp is from dust mite larvae, called Dermataphagoids, digging into the pores, from such places as backs of chairs, sofa pillows, laying on carpet, pets, ground, grass, or floor. The best thing to do if none of the above work is to buy the generic brand of Neutragena liquid Tar shampoo at WalMart. Follow the directions well, because one has to leave it on for a longer time for it to work, and don't be tempted to dilute it. Don't get it into your eyes. It lasts until you reintroduce dust mites back into your head, hair, neck, or arms from whatever source, even blankets that have collected dust.
It is a strong product and will also remove many hair colors, but really works on the dust mite problem, just as it advertises. If you are not too sensitive to the shampoo, you can apply a tiny dab directly to any sore you might have developed which in on your head or body. Clean combs, brushes, rollers, and irons often with regular hot water and soap, then store them on a clean surface, preferably covering them until next use.
This is not the same as lice. Mites are invisible and form tiny almost microscopic sores, eventually matting together because the sore ooze fluid which dries and makes tiny scabs. Dust mites live by the millions on each speck of dust and feed on human flesh when in contact directly or indirectly, as in on a bed where human or animal tissue cells shed onto the linens providing the perfect breeding ground for them. There's not much else to do except frequent hand vacuuming of all surfaces which your body comes into contact with. Hope this helps someone. God bless you. (03/28/2007)
My husband had this problem for years, our son has it too. After years of complaining, using special shampoos, etc. I finally put a few drops of tea tree oil in their shampoos. My husband used his entire bottle and has never had the problem since, that was about 10 years ago. My son, on the other hand, despised the smell of tea tree oil and refused to use it in his shampoo. He still has the problem, and still spends his money on special shampoos, etc. Sure was a cheap fix for my husband. As for my son, I think after another decade of discomfort, he'll come around too. (03/29/2007)
We use Head and Shoulders brand, Intensive Treatment. It works wonders. Our scalps never feel itchy anymore. (03/29/2007)
The antiseptic SeaBreeze is what I used long ago or my doctor said plain old Listerine mouthwash works.
Now Tea Tree shampoo is sold at Beauty Supply stores. You can also try witch hazel, it is very affordable.
Scalpicin works very well. My favorite is the vinegar rinse. Good luck. (03/29/2007)
Plain old yellow Listerine works wonders on dandruff and itchy scalp.
I make a leave in conditioner (my hair is dry) that also does the trick. Boil a pan of water along with a handful of fresh rosemary. Remove from heat and let cool. Add 1 cup whole, long cook oats. Let sit overnight. Strain into another pan. The oat liquid (called "slurry") will be cloudy and slightly gelled. It's supposed to be that way. After you wash your hair and condition as usual, use this slurry as your final rinse. Don't wash it out. Makes your hair really soft, and no itching either. (04/07/2007)
T-Gell shampoo will do it. Good luck. (04/07/2009)
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