With dreads, having an itchy scalp is irritating, especially if you don’t know the underlying causes of your itchy scalp. But if left untreated the constant scratching will irritate your scalp and persuade you to remove your dreads. In most cases, itchy dreads is a result of not washing or over-washing your locs leading to dry scalp. As a result, it’s important to find out why your dreads are scratching before you take any drastic measures of removing your dreads.
Causes of Itchy Dreads
Dandruff- Dandruff is a chronic inflammatory ailment that looks like white or grey itchy flakes which leave patches on the scalp. Shampoos containing Tar, Selenium, Nizoral, and Salicylic acid helps control dandruff. Try combining two different dandruff shampoos this works for my dandruff.
Over-washing- Over-washing your dreads strip the scalp of its natural oils
Lacking Zinc- Zinc is a mineral that plays an important role in your day-to-day health. Most of the zinc is stored in your skin so the dry, itchy scalp you are experiencing is your body’s way of telling you are lacking this mineral. Further, eating food containing zinc these include seafood, meat, pumpkin seed and vegetables adds zinc to your diet.
Residue–Using products that leave residue behind can leave your dreads feeling itchy. Because you can’t wash or comb out residue from dreadlocks, this residue builds up over time and irritate the scalp.
Not washing your dreads- washing your dreads regularly eliminate dirt and dead cells from your hair.
D.I.Y Anti-itch Spray
Make Small bottle.
- TeaTree Oil.
- Lavender Oil.
- Peppermint Oil
In a spray bottle place 1/4 cup of water into the bottle with a drop of each essential oils.
Jojoba Oil Mixture For Itchy Dreads
Make Large Bottle.
- Jojoba oil
- Peppermint Oil.
- Lavender oil.
- 1/4 cup filtered water.
Add filtered water, jojoba oil, 30 drops of tea tree oil, 15 drops of peppermint oil, and few drops of lavender oil. Itching stops immediately and apply when needed. However, these essential oils are potent, so use with great care.
Here’s Why These Essential Oils Works to Stop Itchy Dreads
Lavender oils have soothing and bacterial properties, it also helps relieve the sting and itching of bug bites as well as an excellent moisturizer for extra dry skin.
Jojoba oils have anti-inflammatory properties that aid dry scalp and keep skin calm and comfortable.
Important!- These essential oils are very potent and may irritate the skin so mix with carrier oils or water.
My name is Penny Thomas, I love blogging, and the founder of HTW dreads. I had dreadlocks for the past tens years. However, I cut my hair off to grow them with natural oils and no wax. Apart from my hair, I love reading and swimming.