How to treat an itchy and scaly scalp

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How to treat an itchy and scaly scalp
Get rid of your itchy, scaly scalp for good. (Getty Images)

When the seasons change, it affects a person's skin, especially the scalp. Harsh shampoos and conditioners cause an itchy, scaly scalp in some people. Chemical processes on hair make the scalp develop more problems. Using the right combination of products helps treat an itchy, scaly scalp. When using products on your hair, purchase products made with natural, organic ingredients. Avoid using lab-created chemical products. Ask a pharmacist what type of organic shampoos and conditioners he recommends for itchy, scaly scalp.

Things you need

  • Organic anti-dandruff shampoo
  • Organic conditioner for dry hair
  • Shea butter
  • Peppermint oil
  • Vinegar (optional)

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    Shampoo your hair every other day with anti-dandruff shampoo. Lather up the shampoo and leave on about two minutes. Rinse the shampoo completely out of your hair with warm water. This helps to remove the scaly build-up on the scalp.

  2. 2

    Put a couple of drops of peppermint oil in the palm of your hand and rub both hands together. Massage the peppermint oil into your scalp for one minute. The peppermint oil acts as a natural healing antiseptic for the scalp. Purchase peppermint oil from a supermarket or a health food shop.

  3. 3

    Condition hair according to the directions on the conditioner bottle and rinse out the conditioner thoroughly with cool water. Rinsing hair with cool water helps lock in the conditioner on the hair and scalp.

  4. 4

    Put a five pence coin-sized amount of shea butter in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together until the butter feels warm. Massage it into your scalp. If you have very dry hair do not rinse, but if your hair is oily, rinse your hair with cool water after applying shea butter.

  5. 5

    Style your hair. The shea butter moisturises the scalp, reducing and stopping itchy, scaly build-up. By keeping the scalp moisturised, you also eliminate the itchiness on the scalp.

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