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Causes of Itchy Scalp

Feeling Itchy? An Appliance Could Be the Culprit

Itchy head? Yes, it could be dandruff, eczema, or even head lice. (Let's hope it's not that last one.) Chances are, the solution to your scalp woes could be simple. All you have to do is just turn down your water temperature — or you'll end up like itchy old me. A few weeks ago, a repairman tinkered with our water heater to make it a little more effective. He succeeded, and I was pretty pumped about being able to take scalding hot showers. However, my scalp paid the price. You see, hot water takes moisture out of the skin, stripping the hair and skin of natural oils. Couple this with frequent shampooing, possibly harsh ingredients, and dry air, and you'd be scratching your noggin, too. Here are some tips to prevent an itchy scalp:

  • Cut back: Obviously, the easiest solution is to turn down the heat, whether it's the temperature of your water or the setting of your blow-dryer. If you absolutely have to have warm temps while you bathe, consider either wearing a shower cap or turning the cold nob up while you wash your hair.
  • Add moisture: In lieu of a daily shampoo, try using a clarifying shampoo weekly instead. I'm not saying to only wash your hair once a week, but by using a clarifier, you might actually feel as if you need to shampoo less. Speaking of washing, look for mild, scalp-friendly formulations with naturally soothing ingredients like burdock root or tea tree oil.
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