Is my itchy scalp stopping my hair growth?
Did you ever consider that the little itchy feeling on your scalp could be stopping you from achieving your hair goals? Itchy scalp and hair loss, or itchy scalp and hair growth. Whichever way you put it, there is a connection.
For many of us women, experiencing an itchy scalp a day or two after wash day is never a major red flag. Some might power through it for the sake of maintaining a hairstyle, while others might give in and shampoo their hair again.
The truth is that our hair absorbs a lot of the dirt and pollution in our surroundings, and those combined with our own scalp sebum and dead cells create the perfect environment for fungus to grow. This can hinder your hair goals in two ways:
- Hair that grows from an unhealthy scalp tend to be already weaker and more prone to breakage, which means that it will be harder for you to retain length and achieve additional growth if your scalp is populated by bacteria; and
- If left untreated, conditions may become severe and lead to hair loss. Not to mention the damage that scratching your scalp to relieve yourself already does to your weaker strands and scalp.
Two potential causes of an itchy scalp are yeast and ringworm.
Overgrowth of yeast or candida is believed to be one of the most common causes of dandruff and itchy scalp. The overgrowth of candida irritates the scalp and causes extra skin cells to grow. Once these cells die and fall off, they turn into those white flakes associated with dandruff.
Ringworm, on the other hand, is caused by a fungi, dermatophytes, and usually begins with a pimple that quickly spreads in the scalp. It causes patches of the scalp to itch and subsequently lose the hair in that section. In severe cases, it can lead to permanent hair loss and scarring.
There are many ways to handle an itchy scalp
One of them is wash your hair more frequently to ensure you reduce the chances of bacteria overgrowth.
When you do wash your hair, make sure to use topical treatments like shampoos containing Zinc, Selenium Sulfide and Ketoconazole which are antifungal and will help keep the scalp healthy.
For those with naturally dry hair, for instance overly processed hair or curly hair, the regular shampooing might not be a feasible option since it can be very drying to the hair strands. So one product to highly consider inbetween washes is organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). ACV is rich in acetic acid which has antimicrobial properties. Washing your hair with organic ACV diluted in water - 1 cup ACV to 3 cups of water - will help kill bacteria and fungus and help your scalp recover while keeping your strands moisturised.
Finally, consider making your own blend of oils with antimicrobial properties. This will keep your hair moisturised and nourish your scalp at the same time.
After all, healthy hair always begins with a healthy scalp.
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