So you’ve just got that beautiful hair color you’ve wanted for a long time. It’s vibrant, modern, and makes you look like a superstar, but unfortunately, your head just won’t stop itching! How to treat an itchy scalp after hair dye? You’re in the right place, as today we will go through the proven methods that can take care of this problem in no time!
Symptoms and Causes
First of all, let’s briefly talk about why your scalp may itch after a hair dye. In most cases, people will tolerate the chemicals in the hair dye, however, if your skin if more sensitive, a reaction can occur. This is called contact dermatitis, and it happens because chemicals in a hair dye irritate your scalp making it flaky, itchy, red, and making you experience burning or stinging sensation. Contact dermatitis can happen either due to the direct irritation caused by chemicals, or by an allergic reaction to one of them in the particular hair dye you used. Therefore, always make sure to check the ingredients before doing anything with a new product.
One of the main ingredients in permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes is para-phenylenediamine, or PPD for short, which is a chemical that can cause allergic reactions in some people. Other chemicals such as peroxide, ammonia, pigments, and fragrances can also be a reason for the scalp irritation and itchiness.
Now that we know a little bit about why your scalp itches, let’s see what are some of the remedies for this common problem.
Lemon Juice and Yogurt
For this simple and natural treatment, you will need one teaspoon of lemon juice and four tablespoons of yogurt. Mix the ingredients together until they combine and apply to your scalp. Leave on for about half an hour and wash the mixture away with cool water and use a mild sulfate-free shampoo. You can repeat this two to three times a week.
Jojoba oil is known for its benefits on the hair and scalp, and it will help soothe the irritation and the redness, and help with the itching and tingling sensation on your scalp. Simply heat about a tablespoon of jojoba oil until it is warm but not hot and apply to your scalp. Leave overnight and wash the oil off in the morning using cool water and a mild shampoo. Repeat two to three times a week.
Coconut oil is one of those products that simply do wonders for various skin and hair related issues, so it is no wonder that it found its way on this list as well. It is an antioxidant and antimicrobial agent which helps with the irritation of the scalp and keeps your hair and skin looking smooth, healthy, and radiant. It will moisturize your dry scalp and stop the itching.
Simply apply some coconut oil directly onto your scalp and rub it in gently. Let it sit for about 30 minutes or more and rinse with cool water and mild pH neutral shampoo. You can do this every day, but if you do, we recommend that you skip the hair washing and do it two or three times a week, as water and shampoo can dry out your scalp even more. If you are working from home, this remedy is perfect, as you won’t have to wash it off daily!
Apple Cider Vinegar
The famous apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies for various allergic reactions and skin issues, as it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that fight the problem at its root (no pun intended). You can use it in two ways. For the first method, just apply some apple cider vinegar to your scalp after you have a shower and rub it in gently. Leave it on for about 45 minutes and rinse with warm (not hot) water.
The second method is mixing apple cider vinegar and water 1:1 and use it as a rinse. Instead of water you can use chamomile tea for extra goodness.
Aloe vera is a magical plant that has numerous benefits to the skin and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which can help with the itchy scalp. It will moisturize your skin and soothe the irritation on your scalp. Just apply about one tablespoon of aloe vera gel to your scalp and leave it on for about half an hour. After that, wash it off with warm water and repeat daily for best results.
As always, prevention is the best cure, so always make sure to perform a skin patch test and use mild hair dyes made for sensitive skin. Also, use a pH-balanced shampoo and conditioner and make sure your scalp is moisturized.