My scalp has ALWAYS been sensitive but it hasn't always been so darn itchy! In fact, if I think about when I started having an itchy scalp it would likely fall within the last 18 months or so. Whenever I plait my hair it seems to get more itchy in the first week following the plaits.
This week, I've been thinking that I actually "make" my scalp more itchy by a) thinking about it and b) scratching. Whenever I scratch it seems to itch more! That has led to my decision that whenever my scalp itches I will try not to scratch. Lo-and-behold, the rate of itchiness has fallen by about 75%!
That said, there are times when my scalp is genuinely itchy and this remedy works a charm:
1. Add 8 to 16 drops of peppermint essential oil to 0.5 ounces of a good oil, e.g. jojoba, argan oil, avocado oil, or fractionated (liquid) coconut oil.
Note that the higher the quality of the peppermint essential oil the fewer the drops you'll need to get the same impact. It's very hard to tell the quality of an essential oil from the bottle but if 8 drops in 0.5 ounces of oil don't give you a tingly feeling, it's probably a low grade oil! Next time spend a little more for a higher quality of essential oil.
2. Apply the oil mix to your scalp.
3. Wear a shower cap.
4. Blow dry the surface of the cap for 3 to 5 minutes then pop a beanie hat on for a further 15 to 30 minutes.
You should be itch free for the rest of the day. I find that without the heat this remedy does not work for me. The heat is an essential part of the solution.
For a longer lasting solution see Neno Natural’s foolproof anti-itch hair wash.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward