Did you know that an itchy scalp is a sign of a bigger problem and that can and does affects the condition of your hair? In general it is a very common problem. I would say that itchy scalp problems are even more common among African American women based on a few factors related to scalp hygiene, hair density and choice of hairstyle.
First of all, although you may have gotten used to just dealing with it, an itchy scalp is not normal.
“Common doesn’t equal normal. Your scalp itching is it’s way of telling you that something is wrong. ”
Your scalp is calling out (and in some cases “screaming”) for you to take some specific action so that your scalp can calm down and go back to feeling like normal. You may think the obvious thing to do is scratch it if it itches. Even though that is the automatic thing to do to it doesn’t solve the problem.
Over zealous scratching can cause further harm to your scalp. It is only a form of temporary relief until the next itching sensation. Perpetual itching may lead to really digging in to your already irritated scalp to stop the itch by misusing tools such as combs and brushes or other implements. You can actually cause self- inflicted scalp abrasions and lead to making matters even worse.
It is important to get to the root of what is causing the problem. Itching is a symptom leading you to the underlying problem. In this Itchy Scalp series , I will detail some of the reasons that your scalp may be itchy such as:
Improper Scalp Hygiene
Harsh Chemical Irritation
So now it is up to you to do a little detective work to discover the problem. I will help guide you through the process of elimination so that you can figure out the probable culprit causing your scalp to itch and you will be able to decide the appropriate action to take.
In this series of articles you should be able to identify the reasons you are experiencing the itching and more importantly remedies for relieving an itchy scalp.