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Why Your Scalp is Itchy and How You Can Treat It

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Scalp itchiness can be a sign of a sensitive scalp

Are you literally scratching your hair out, trying to get some relieffrom youritchy scalp? Scratching may feel good, but the momentary relief can result in further harm to your hair and scalp. The abrasive action may damage the protective cuticle layer of hair strands and also cause scalp micro-inflammation, which in turn wrecks the scalp’s natural moisture barrier, triggering far-worse inflammation and irritation.

So why exactly is your scalp so itchy and what can you do about it? Read on to find out.

1. You just coloured your hair.

If your scalp started itching after you coloured your hair, you could be experiencing an allergic reaction to the dye chemicals used. Most of the time, the itching will go away on its own. Help it along with a specialised scalp cleanser like ADV Colour Care Shampoo, which rids the scalp of chemical residue while protecting hair colour vibrance and preventing fading.

Pro tip: Stick to reputable salons who use good-quality products for chemical treatments, and hair colour technicians who know what they’re doing. If your scalp is susceptible to such flare-ups and you simply can’t not colour your hair, try botanical colour treatments, which are kinder to the scalp.

2. Your shampoo is too harsh.

Shampoos that produce lots of suds can be so satisfying to use because of how clean they make you feel. Beware, though, that your shampoo is not stripping the natural moisture off your scalp, leaving it dry, itchy, red and sensitised. If you suspect that this is what is happening to you, swap out the offending shampoo for one with good-quality surfactants that won’t harm your scalp. One of the best shampoos for sensitive scalps in Singapore is the ADV Soothe Shampoo, which uses plant stem cells and a high-concentration blend of pure botanicals to immediately alleviate itching and irritation while protecting the scalp against moisture loss.

Pro tip: If you are prone to scalp itching and flare-ups, use hair care products for sensitive scalps that have hypoallergenic formulations and which are designed to work without damaging the scalp’s natural moisture barrier.

3. You don’t spend enough time rinsing.

Spend at least twice the amount of time rinsing off shampoo and conditioner than you did applying them. You want to make sure to get all the product out in order.Unhealthy residue that accumulates on your scalp can easily cause itching, irritation, follicle blockage and more severe scalp disorders.

Pro tip: Finish with a cool rinse after conditioning. Not only does a longer rinse help to remove product residue, the cold water helps to smooth out ruffled hair cuticles for a smoother, shinier finish.

4. Your scalp is not getting enough moisture.

Just like how your skin becomes dry and tight or even start to peel when it lacks moisture and oils, the same can happen to your scalp. To prevent or heal a dry, itchy scalp, make sure to maintain good hydration topically, such as with a moisture-replenishing scalp mask once a week, and to eat a healthy amount of beneficial fats, such as nuts, avocadoes and oily fish.

Pro tip: If you find it a challenge to eat right for your scalp and hair nutritional needs, try the Nutri-Hair Healthy Hair Booster, a daily multivitamin for beautiful hair in a handy, tasty jelly form.

5. Your scalp is over-producing new skin cells.

If your scalp is itching and flaking, it could be a case of dandruff where there is an over-production of new skin cells and rapid shedding of old skin cells. Similar to how you would exfoliate your face to maintain a healthy glow, slough off dead skin cells by using a gentle scalp exfoliant (not scrubs, which may be too abrasive for tender, problem scalps) once or twice a week. This helps to treat and prevent a build-up of impurities that can irritate the scalp.

Pro tip: Follow your weekly scalp exfoliation (we suggest ADV Elixir) with a nourishing scalp mask like ADV Soothe Moisture Scalp Mask to replenish lost moisture and protect the scalp from further irritation and inflammation.

Finally, if none of the above work, consider seeking out expert advice and professional scalp treatments like the Advance Scalp Repair Treatment. When it comes to scalp imbalances and disorders, early treatment and prevention are the best courses of action!