THE ULTIMATE STRATEGY TO SHAMPOO FOR ITCHY SCALP
I have suffered from itchy scalp for a long time. So I removed all aggressive products and ingredients (sls, silicones, preservatives, lacquers, foams …) and chose organic products and what I did I get?
No improvement! It even worsened to the point of waking me up at night !!
While doing research, I realized that certain ingredients from plants – authorized as organic – that were still: aggressive, irritating or even allergenic !! Especially if used long term!
1. Synthetic Chemicals
“Chemical” does not mean “harmful”.
The word “chemical” means that various elements are put together to create a product. To be precise, the Rotterdam Convention defines a chemical as “either an element or a chemical compound formed from the combination of elements of organic or inorganic origin.”
All cosmetic products therefore necessarily contain chemicals, but you just have to make sure that all the components are of natural origin and not synthetic.
These synthetic chemicals that invade our everyday consumption in all areas are suspected of being endocrine disruptors that come with an addition host of problems such as; allergies and various physical disorders. They could have even more annoying consequences on our health than just the simple itchy scalp.
Shampoos and cosmetics are unfortunately mostly full of toxic and abrasive ingredients that should be avoided, such as the famous SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), SLES, MIT and other synthetic elements.
These various foaming and cleaning effect components are the same as those used by industry for dishwashing products or engine degreasers! Certainly, they cleanse deeply, with beautiful thick and creamy foam. But it is easy to see their stripping and drying effect on the scalp. Be aware that many science labs use SLS as an irritant to get the irritations needed for their tests when doing skin testing and research.
The list of toxic chemical ingredients is endless but we have narrowed down a few we believe to be especially nasty.
ENEMY 1: BENZYL ALCOHOL
It is a preservative which can be of plant origin in particular present in essential oils (in this case authorized in organic), it is not dangerous, nor toxic, but it is considered as allergenic / irritant (especially if located at the beginning of your product’s INCI list).
Items at the beginning of the list of ingredients are used in greater amounts than ones towards the end. Having this at the begging almost guarantees a allergic/irritating reaction.
ENEMY 2: LIMONENE – LINALOL – GERANIOL
Essential oils are sometimes unsuitable for irritated and damaged skin, because they NATURALLY contain:
- benzyl alcohol;
- of Limonene (component of the skin of citrus. It is found for example in the essential oils of lemon, orange, neroli, bergamot, mandarin)
- of linalool (perfuming substance naturally present in certain essential oils)
- of geraniol (monoterpene alcohols with rose odor)
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have studied the human reaction to oxidized linalool. Result: It is estimated that 2% of Swedes react allergic to oxidized linalool. The odorous substance linalool is widely used, especially in washing and cleaning products. According to Swedish researchers, linalool is found in 60-80% of scented cleaning products. According to researchers, this massive use could explain why 2% of Swedes are sensitive to it.
The BDIH (the German interprofessional organization) commissioned a study on geraniol. Starting from a sample of 50 people who reacted positively in a geraniol allergy test, we studied how these same people reacted to essential oils containing geraniol.
10 of these 50 people (20%, therefore) had a reaction to the odorous substance geraniol ISOLATED chemically.
None of the 50 people reacted to essential oils containing geraniol.
Your scalp reacts to this aggressive, regular (for some of us daily) shampooing by scratching, itching, and drying. Deprived of its protective natural sebum, it gets dried out, stripped, it becomes very oily by rebound, or very dry, depending on the reactions. Your skin is damaged it is more and more sensitive. We can even sometimes see scalp eczema or unpleasant small problems (scalp crust) that we do not think can be linked to the simple use of a bad shampoo: itchy ear, eczema ear … or various nocturnal itching.
This disturbance can also worsen hair loss because the hair follicle is completely weakened. It is stifled by the repeated accumulation of mineral oils and especially silicones present in the vast majority of shampoos and conditioners to give shine and shine. The Solution?
Choose a natural organic sulfate-free shampoo without silicone
Read the labels and be selective. Products may be called “organic” when they contain only a few organic ingredients diluted in harmful chemical excipients. To make sure that you choose a real organic shampoo that does not contain synthetic chemicals, you should read the list of ingredients.
For dry or normal scalp, our ORGANIC EXTRA GENTLE HERBAL SHAMPOO is considered the best anti itch shampoo by our thousands of users in Europe. It was created specifically to soothe an itchy scalp.
I found some shampoos that saved my life:
- Silicone free
- physiological pH of the scalp (5.5)
- Suitable for the whole family
- Very good value for money
- Hyper effective in the long term no more itching !!
- Suitable for colored hair
I love less
The presence of SLS but does not itch for me.
Detailed formula (INCI):
WATER (AQUA), SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, INULIN, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, CITRIC ACID, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), GLYCENERYL CITROTE, GREEN 3 (GLYCENERYL CITROTE, GREEN 3 (CI, 42053), PALYCENERY LIMONENE, SODIUM BENZOATE, TOCOPHEROL, YELLOW 5 (CI 19140).
To calm itching and eliminate dandruff.
Enriched with organic willow extract from Massif Central with softening, purifying and exfoliating properties.
It is a real microcirculation activator , ideal for dandruff conditions.
- Parabens free
- sulfate-free ” irritant “: disodium laureth sulfosuccinate IS a sulfate but milder
- EFFECTIVE on my itching and dandruff (but do not use too often because it is drying)
- be careful if your hair is colored like all anti-dandruff they make the colors bleed
I love less
- The chemical composition with quite heavy ingredients. The “Collections Nature” range is clearly greenwashing
I discovered this innovative shampoo thanks to Youtube!
This shampoo is ideal for those suffering from itching because:
- it does not contain perfume
- it has ingredients from plants (not organic but that’s what we’re looking for)
- it RESTORES the BIOME of the scalp.
- it is preservative-free
- It is suitable for the whole family.
- Tested for allergy sufferers
- non irritant
For most of human existence, there was an ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB) that kept peace and lived on our skin. It’s only in the last 100 years that indoor lifestyles and personal care products have eliminated it. This bacterium is still present in intact native tribes, whose skin is in a healthy and native state.
This shampoo for itchy scalp gently cleanses and immediately calms sensitized scalps. The hair regains incomparable pliancy. The scalp is soothed and the hair regains strength and health.
Its good composition
INCI formula: Aqua / Water / Eau. Cocamidopropyl Betaine . Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate. Lauryl Glucoside. Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate. Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate. Inulin. Sodium Chloride. Propylene Glycol . Citric Acid. Peg-15 Cocopolyamine . Glycerin. Coco-Glucoside. Glyceryl Oleate. Sodium Citrate. Perfume / Fragrance. Sodium Benzoate. Butylene Glycol . Passiflora Incarnata Extract. Tilia Tomentosa Extract. Lactitol. Panthenol. Peg-150 Distearate . Xylitol. Coconut Acid. Piroctone Olamine. Potassium Sorbate. Sodium Salicylate. Sorbic Acid. Tetrasodium Edta. Oleyl Alcohol. Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower / Leaf / Stem Extract. Zanthoxylum Bungeanum Fruit Extract. Portulaca Oleracea Extract. Tocopherol. Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate. Lecithin. Ascorbyl Palmitate. 731b.
Whether or not you have an irritated scalp, reducing the number of shampoo per week can improve the health of your scalp and the natural condition of your hair.
Even with the mildest sulfate-free shampoo, washing your hair too frequently can unbalance the scalp, which needs to maintain a light, protective film of sebum. Of Excessively cleansed hair can become dry or, conversely, very greasy and dull from an overproduction of sebum to compensate for the dispersion of this protective film.
Instead of washing your hair with shampoo too often, use herbal rinses between your shampoos. This will cleanse your hair without interfering too much with the natural oils in your scalp.
For these rinses, do the day you do not shampoo:
• Take ½ liter of lukewarm water and mix in 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar or ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
• Rinse your head to remove, between “real” shampoos, dust, a little sebum, and any residue from your hair.
• If you are used to cleaning your hair often, this process may take some time to adjust. Gradually space out the shampoos with a maximum of 3 or 4 shampoos per week. Your hair will get used to this new routine and will get dirty less quickly.
Other Reasons for an Itchy Scalp
Scalp Eczema, Scalp Psoriasis and Stress
Eczema and hair psoriasis are another common reason for itchy scalp, especially itching at night. The causes are not known with certainty, but stress or an allergic reaction can, among other factors, trigger or worsen them.
With psoriasis, red patches are often accompanied by small scales of white skin or a scab on the scalp. For scalp eczema, the skin is inflamed, sometimes blistered. It is best to consult a doctor to make the correct diagnosis.
These two skin conditions are difficult to treat, but the symptoms can be alleviated and suppressed to the point of regaining supple and healthy skin and suppressing the itchy scalp. A healthy lifestyle and appropriate care can help a lot, as recalled in our care advice sheet for irritated skin.
Our ultra-gentle specialty shampoos leave your hair soft and shiny. Yet they only contain gentle cleansers that do not strip the natural oils produced by your scalp to protect its balance and good health. They are rich in natural active ingredients that soothe and hydrate your skin.
Dandruff, cause or consequence of the itchy scalp?
The presence of dandruff is often related to the itchy scalp.
In a classic anti-dandruff shampoo, too often there are strong chemical ingredients that irritate that already itchy scalp even more. At the moment, the anti-dandruff shampoo seems effective, the hair is clean. But very quickly the dandruff returns because the skin does not find a natural balance, and it continues to “defend” against the aggression of shampooing. You may have already had your own experience of this vicious cycle that makes itchy scalp worse.
If you have an oily scalp and dandruff, it may be due to the presence of a fungus, then it is scalp yeast infection. Or in the case of a dry scalp, you simply have a slight permanent flaking of the irritated skin, the scratching obviously accelerating the creation of dandruff.
If you have oily hair, tea tree oil can be very beneficial with its naturally antifungal and antibacterial properties. You can add a few drops of organic tea tree oil to your shampoo or try our GENTLE ORGANIC TEA TREE SHAMPOO which contains herbal ingredients specially adapted for dandruff problems and itchy head with oily hair . The tea tree is known to fight very effectively against excess sebum and fungi. It has natural antibacterial and fungicidal properties.
Best friend to your scalp, tea tree , in addition to its anti-inflammatory action, is known to fight bacteria, viruses and fungal infections .
To use it, simply add 1 drop of essential oil to your shampoo dose , once or twice a week.
Additionally here are some Natural remedies for itching
Emollient, healing and nourishing, olive oil is ideal for invigorating dry and damaged scalps.
Apply it directly to your roots and massage to distribute it well.
Leave it on for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
Apple Cider Vinegar
In addition to restoring strength and shine to your lengths, apple cider vinegar will rebalance the pH of your scalp, and thus limit itching.
Massage your head with a little vinegar, leave on for 5 min then shampoo. To be renewed once or twice a week.
Very useful in case of dandruff , baking soda exfoliates the scalp and rids it of anything that can prevent it from breathing.
To use it, make a paste by mixing a little baking soda and water.
Apply it to your roots for 10 minutes before rinsing off.
Able to rehydrate the driest skin, aloe vera gel will fight the scales and itching that results from it.
To enjoy its benefits, apply it directly to your scalp before each shampoo, leave on for 10 minutes then rinse.
Note that in the case of a skin disease such as eczema or psoriasis , these tips may not work as well. In this case, opt instead for specific remedies adapted to these diseases.
Hair care Night Routine
Normally, the use of one shampoo is enough to calm the itchy scalp fairly quickly. In case of persistent itchy hair, painful scalp, or especially a scalp crust, we recommend adding an easy-to-use night care. The skin absorbs care better at night, while it is resting.
We recommend that you use ULTRA RICH BALM, which contains among other active ingredients moisturizing vegetable butters and sea buckthorn oil (anti-inflammatory), ingredients that are beneficial for those with skin problems. It is a balm that provides great relief, including for skin prone to eczema. Our users are enthusiastic about its calming effect.
Apply the balm in very small amounts with the fingers, under the hair on the scalp patches, the inflamed areas, or the areas of crust in the hair.
Let sit for at least 2 hours or overnight. The next day, rinse your hair and wash it with Organic Extra-Gentle Herbal Shampoo or Gentle Tea Tree Shampoo. Repeat this process as needed. You surely won’t need the whole pot of balm to get rid of this scalp scab problem. Do not worry, it will not be lost, because this Ultra Rich Balm is a wonderful moisturizer for lips, elbows, feet and especially damaged hands in winter.
Don’t underestimate the power of nature – she has been our pharmacy throughout history. Be patient – for those who have had the problem for a long time or suffer from scalp pain, it is unlikely to go away immediately. Be persistent with your new routine and your skin will give you back pretty quickly. You will be surprised.