One of the great things about the curly girl method is that you don’t have to wash your hair as often. However, one of the terrible things about not washing your hair as often is getting a dry, itchy scalp. Today I am sharing A Curly Girl’s Guide To Itchy Scalp Problems.
It is amazing when you get to a place in your curly girl journey that you only need to wash your hair one to two days per week. But there are a couple of crucial steps you need to do before you can get to that point. One of those steps is How To Sleep With Curly Hair.
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One bi-product that comes with not washing your hair often is getting an itchy scalp.
The secret to avoiding an itchy scalp is incorporating healthy habits to give your scalp what it needs to thrive.
After all, great curls start with a healthy scalp.
A Curly Girl’s Guide To Itchy Scalp Problems
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Start With A Clarifying Wash
Incorporating a clarifying wash into your routine once per month helps to rebalance your scalp. Even if you are using clean products, they can still cause build up not to mention your natural oils and dirt.
It’s important to schedule a month clarifying wash to keep your scalp healthy.
Limit How Often You Wash Your Hair
I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but if you have an itchy scalp, you may need to wash it less. Using harsh shampoo and cleansing too often stips your scalp of healthy oils and can make it dry, and flakey which cause it to itch.
I recommend cleansing with a gentle moisturizing cleanser two to three times per week to allow your natural oils to do their job.
My two favorite gentle cleansers are…
How often you should wash will vary from person to person because there are so many individual factors at play.
Like everything with curly hair, it is different for each person.
It’s important that you keep a detailed log of what’s working and not working for your curls to be able to determine how often you should wash.
Fermented Rice Water Rinse
Rice waters is packed full of benefits for your hair and is high in protein. Medium to high porosity hair (like mine) need protein to thrive.
For some curls, rice water has a way of gently cleansing and rebalancing your scalp and since it’s easy to make super affordable, it’s worth giving a try.
I do a weekly fermented rice water rinse and it has been very beneficial for my scalp and curls in general. Read more here How To Make Rice Water For Curly Hair.
Rice water has many benefits including cleansing and adding moisture to your scalp.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
This is another one of my favorite DIY options for ways to nourish your scalp. Incorporate a weekly or biweekly apple cider vinegar rinse into your curl regime.
Benefits to an ACV rinse include balancing your scalps ph level which can help prevent itching. You can see my DIY recipe here.
Keep in mind that with any DIY product, it’s important that you experiment and keep track of how your hair reacts to it.
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Oil treatments are non-negotiable when it comes to keeping your scalp healthy. Do a weekly hot oil treatment as well as an evening scale message using a hair oil of your choice.
I use and LOVE Righteous roots. It’s gentle and light so it doesn’t leave your hair feeling oily or weighed down.
Scalp Massage As Part Of Your Evening Routine
Always always always do a scalp massage before bed. This stimulated blood flow and keeps your scalp healthy.
Sleep In Silk
Sleeping with a silk cap helps your hair and scalp keep in moisture because it doesn’t absorb it like most materials. The Best Silk Cap For Next Day Curls
Rinse With Cold Water
Always rinse with cold water. Warm and hot water tends to dry your scalp. Rinsing with cold water helps to avoid that. It also causes your hair cuticle to snap shut which helps hold in moisture.
When it comes to avoiding itchy scalp on the curly girl method, it comes down to incorporating a few simple daily habits. But it’s all about being consistent. Try these tips out for a few weeks and you’ll have a much healthier scalp.
Let me know your favorite itchy scalp tip in the comments!
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