We’ve all had itchy scalps, especially in the colder and drier winter months. While we might dismiss an itchy scalp as just a minor annoyance, the truth is that they might be an early indicator of something much more sinister.
Why It’s Important
Although all the symptoms of an itchy scalp might feel similar (persistent itch and redness and tenderness of the scalp), there are actually many different types of itchy scalp, each with distinct causers.
Some of the causes are innocuous, and will fade with time; others though can lead to significant consequences, such as substantial hair loss.
One thing remains true to all forms of itchy scalp – the itch is merely a symptom, it’s not the actual condition.
An itchy scalp can be caused by some of the following:
- Head lice
- Scabies (human itch mites)
- Dandruff (in severe cases known as seborrheic dermatitis)
- Alopecia areata
As the above list makes clear, many itchy scalp conditions are temporary, and don’t last very long. However, in some instances, typical hair loss issues such as folliculitis and alopecia could be the culprit.
Before deciding that your itchy scalp is the result of a serious hair loss issue, it’s important to put in place a hair-care routine, based on making changes to your lifestyle.
Several well-known, classic home remedies exist, which can help determine the severity of your itchy scalp.
Try washing your hair with tea tree oil, or generally using a shampoo with a low acid-content. Other solutions like massaging the scalp with aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil or lemon juice are all thought to help clean and get rid of an itch on the scalp.
Other more general lifestyle changes are also considered an appropriate measure to tackle itchy scalp. Incorporating things like a new exercise routine, a better diet, a consistent skincare regimen, and ensuring a consistent uptake of vitamins are some of the most beneficial ways to ensure body – and scalp ¬– health.
Much like dermatology is the study of skin, trichology is the scientific and medical study of the hair. Hair is a living part of our body, supported by several systems which when disrupted can cause hair loss. Our in-house trichologist examines how follicles are affected by hormones, nutrition and illness. Using insights from the forefront of this field can help treat your itchy scalp and hair loss.
How to Know When It’s Time For Professional Help
If you try these home remedies and lifestyle changes and your itchy scalp isn’t disappearing, that’s when it’s time to get in touch with hair care professionals. In many instances, an itchy scalp left unchecked and untreated can lead to dramatic hair loss down the line.
Advanced Hair Studio, with our industry-leading treatments and technologies are equipped to help diagnose any scalp problem you’re having. We can figure out what’s happening, and you can be one of 500,000 people worldwide who have benefitted from our life-changing services.
It’s not too late for the help you deserve!