by Jocelyn Reneé of CurlyNuGrowth
What’s worse than sweating out a fresh retwist after a workout?! An itchy scalp. In my opinion, after a workout, an itchy scalp is worse because it doesn’t go away unless you’ve scratched out your roots causing sores, scabs, and a mini afro underneath your locs. Luckily, I’ve found several solutions for itchy scalp, whether you have starter locs or mature locs, so that you no longer have to suffer in silence.
Causes & Treatments for Itchy Scalp After A Workout
Typically, during a workout you sweat and afterwards you take a shower to wash all the sweat off of your body— but not your scalp. When the sweat mixes with the naturally occurring bacteria on your scalp it causes odors and the salt content of the sweat mixed with open pores on your scalp creates itching. The health of your scalp is vital to growing long healthy locs, so you want to always address itchy scalp with a solution and not scratching. Constant scratching of your scalp with locs will eventually cause thinning and breakage from the roots. Instead of scratching your scalp, you can alleviate the itching AND odor causing bacteria by using lightweight products with antiseptic and/or clarifying properties.
Best Products for Itchy Scalp Relief
Using lightweight, antiseptic and/or clarifying products after a workout will help prevent product and dandruff build up in your locs as well as control odors. I have listed 3 of my favorite products for scalp relief that are gentle enough for everyday use.
Witch Hazel. Witch hazel is a natural astringent and toner that works to remove excess oils, like sweat, and close the open pores on your skin. When choosing witch hazel for use on your scalp, make sure it’s alcohol-free so that it doesn’t dry out your locs or scalp.
Apple Cider Vinegar Herbal Rinse by Adiva Naturals. This mist uses the power of apple cider vinegar to neutralize odors and balance the pH of your scalp while removing build up.
Pure Scalp by NuGrowth Shop. This is an all natural mist that blends of the benefits of witch hazel with essential oils to neutralize odors, soothe the scalp from itching, and prevent bacteria that can cause mold or mildew within locs.
How To Apply Products to Itchy Scalp
About The Author: Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. Chat with Jocelyn on twitter!