Itchy scalp hair loss can be extremely frustrating , embarrassing and uncomfortable as it isn’t very easy to determine the cause of such hair loss. But the one good thing about this hair loss is that it doesn’t really last- it is temporary. Once you identify the cause of the problem and get it treated then you don’t have to worry about this kind of hair loss. Before treating any problem it is very vital to go to the root cause of the problem.
Are you braiding or tying your hair too tightly?
Or do you have some sort of weave that may be tugging at your root hair?
If so then it is likely that traction alopecia may be the reason behind your itchy scalp and hair loss. Itching happens due to irritation to the scalp from persistent pulling on the hair. The hair loss itself may be the result of damage to the follicles and hair due to excessive tension or from constant and excessive scratching.
Itchy Scalp Causes:
The conditions of eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff may be the reason behind your itchy scalp and thereby hair loss. The doctors often use different terminologies but all these conditions lead to scalp irritation and often lead to visible flakes in your hair. Seborrheic dermatitis (usually known as dandruff when found on the scalp) can occur on any body part that produces a lot of sebum or oil. The skin tends to appear extremely greasy and may look very red, producing scales that may be yellow or white.
Dandruff actually isn’t the reason behind hair loss but the scratching caused by dandruff can make your hair fall. When dandruff is accompanied with excessive itching and you find yourself scratching a little too much then this might be the reason behind your hair loss. Even the doctors themselves aren’t aware about the actual reason behind dandruff but it is believed that a yeast that lives on the skin called as malassezia or pityrosporum may be linked to dandruff. Even if the yeast isn’t what causes hair loss but it surely makes your condition even worse because it usually feeds on the extra oil secreted by the scalp and build up on all the areas which are extremely scaly.
Dandruff cannot be really cured as such but it definitely can be treated at home itself and doesn’t need to be treated by a doctor.
Some Popular and Effective Remedies for Dandruff:
1) Tar based shampoo
Cool tar which is actually a by-product of the coal manufacturing process decreases the rate at which the scalp’s skin cells die and start flaking off.
2) Selenium sulfide based shampoo
It cuts back on the quantity of the malassezia found on the scalp along with slowing down the rate at which the skin cells die. But if your hair is colored, gray or blonde then you shouldn’t use selenium sulfide as it leads to discoloration.
3) Salicylic acid based shampoo
This is like a scalp scrub made to get rid of the scaling from the scalp. But it can be very harsh and leads to a dry scalp for some people which in turn results in more dandruff.