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Scratch That! End Itchy Scalp

09 March 2018
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Head scratching is not only a bad habit, but it looks bad too. You may try to combat the itch discreetly with a hlokoloza, but that’s just short-term relief – and really, we know what you’re doing anyway. Frantic clawing doesn’t fix the underlying problem: a continually dry, irritated scalp. Fortunately, there are practical and effective anti-scratch solutions. Listen up. 

Get to the root of the problem

First of all, it helps to work out what is causing the scalp dryness in the first place – especially if it seems to flare up out of nowhere. Read this Salon Secret article , where haircare experts comment on the three most common causes of dry scalp and things you can do to fix it .

Of course, if you’re a woman of colour, you’re probably already familiar with dry, itchy scalp. Intensely coiled African hair (and scalps) tend to be naturally dryer. It’s simply a matter of genetics; not allergies or environmental factors. Sorry! This said, the situation can be worsened by incorrect use of chemical treatments like relaxers, or over-washing your hair with products that leech precious moisture from your hair and skin. Talk to a haircare professional like your stylist and they’ll put you on the right track. 

Adopt a dry scalp-fighting regime

Chances are that if you’re struggling with a dry, itchy and irritated scalp, your stylist will recommend scientifically formulated hair products that gently and effectively treat the problem. For curls and African hair in general, a good example is Mizani’s moisture-balancing Scalp Care range.

Used together, Mizani Scalp Care products form a complete anti-dandruff haircare system. First, it cools and corrects dry scalp. Secondly, it reduces irritation and itching. Finally, it smooths and clarifies, so that your hair looks lustrously healthy and your scalp clear of flakes.

If you’re tempted to apply oils to your scalp at home, you’ll be pleased to know that Mizani Scalp Care products include soothing natural ingredients like Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Avocado Oil and Menthol. There’s even pyrithione zinc, which will assist in soothing an irritated scalp and help keep it healthy.

Mind over matter

To combat that embarrassing urge to scratch your itchy head, there are a few tactics you can adopt to distract your body and mind.

Sit on your hands, or keep them away from your face and scalp. Alternatively, when the need to scratch strikes, keep your fingers occupied. Pick up a pen, play with a fidget spinner, or squeeze a stress ball. Another thing you can do is simply take deep breaths, and concentrate your thoughts on each inhalation and exhalation. If you have the opportunity, get up and walk around as light exercise will get the blood flowing and redirect your concentration elsewhere.

And there you have it. Give these strategies a go – speaking to a hair expert  is especially important – and leave dry scalp as a problem of the past.

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