As I continue protective styling with weaves and wigs throughout my transition, I’ve been dealing with the dreaded itchy scalp weave syndrome! You know the one where a chick is randomly hitting herself in the head with an open palm? Yeah…that idiotic move…I refuse to let it be me! I don’t have any specific scalp conditions like eczema (atopic dermatitis), dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis but since I have returned to working out and playing tennis regularly, sweat on my scalp causes extreme itchiness.
Washing my hair after every single workout is impossible (although I do co-wash frequently) so here are a few ways I soothe my itchy scalp for quick relief between full wash days:
Apply scalp stimulating oils: Essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to fight many causes of an itchy scalp plus it delivers scalp soothing, tingly goodness! Also, they actually promote hair growth. However, these oils are so potent they should never be applied directly to your scalp – so diluting them in a carrier oil (i.e. coconut, olive, jojoba, grapeseed) is a necessity. I use an eye dropper bottle rather than an applicator bottle to dispense a more controlled amount of oil. The tiny tip makes reaching your scalp extremely easy and it prevents you from getting excess oil on your extensions – oily weave is disgusting! After applying I massage my scalp gently. Adding sulfur powder to your oil mixture is a great tip for dermatitis sufferers in particular. Check out the video below as I demonstrate this process:
Use a dry shampoo: As I said earlier, my main itchy scalp issue is sweat from my workouts. If I don’t have the time to wash it away, it dries and causes irritation and can even dry out my real hair beneath my weave. Although I’ve never relied heavily on dry shampoo in the past (despite recommending them) lately it has become my best friend! Dry shampoos do an amazing job at absorbing excess oil and sweat, refreshing my scalp, giving my style volume and leaving it smelling fresh! There are so many brands on the market, I use the Toni & Guy dry shampoo but you can grab the ION brand Dry Shampoo from Sally Beauty Supply for under $5.
Use the Luxe Therapy Scalp Soother: I’ve already posted a full review of this item, but if you need a more direct approach to relieving an itch your fingers just can’t seem to reach then you NEED to own one of these fantastic curved combs. The scalp soother is specially designed to fit the contours of your head and scratch your itchy scalp without disturbing your style or causing breakage. Genius!
Although I’ve already posted on soothing an itchy scalp with weaves, now that it has become more of a personal issue for me I have found tips one and two help most. Nothing beats keeping your hair and scalp clean, but these tips do the trick between full wash days so I hope you find them helpful!