Itchy scalp is annoying and embarrassing! But what causes it? There are a number of things that cause a dry, itchy scalp, such as fungal infections like eczema or psoriasis, dandruff, unclean hair, your diet and even your shampoo. While typically there is no need for major concern, you should keep an eye on it if the problem seems to worsen. Regardless, using the right ingredients on your hair can make a big difference.
Have you heard of a honey wash? That is where this amazing DIY Itchy Scalp Shampoo comes to the rescue! This shampoo not only provides relief from that annoying itchy scalp, but it offers soft, silky, shiny and frizz-free locks, too — making it the best shampoo for dry scalp and also for dandruff. (You can also dry this homemade anti-dandruff shampoo. Experiment to find out what itchy scalp treatment works best for you.
Homemade Itchy Scalp Shampoo
Let’s make this DIY itchy scalp shampoo. In a bowl, combine the honey and apple cider vinegar. If you are using raw honey, it may need to be heated to help it dissolve. (Gentle heating will help the coconut oil — added later — blend well, too.) Place both, the honey and apple cider vinegar, in a small pan and heat on low while stirring.
Honey has natural antibacterial properties and can moisturize your scalp and hair at the same time. Honey contains plenty of vitamins, minerals and acts as a humectant, which means it attracts moisture. This, in addition to the natural healing properties it provides, makes it the perfect ingredient.
You also can’t go wrong with apple cider vinegar. It’s jam-packed with powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help to prevent and kill any fungal virus that may be causing itchy scalp. Additionally, apple cider vinegar helps balance pH levels of the scalp, which will not only help eliminate dry itchy scalp, but can eliminate oily hair, too! Keep in mind that it may take a few washes to reach that “balance,” especially when trying new ingredients, so be patient. It’s a process since everyone’s hair is different.
Now add the apple cider vinegar and aloe vera gel. The aloe vera plant is a great ingredient for this shampoo because it contains anti-inflammatory properties while providing moisturizing. Of course, we know coconut oil is great for the hair, but what does it do for an itchy scalp? Coconut oil also helps moisturize while providing amazing antibacterial agents that will have stave off fungal growth that can develop with an itchy scalp. While you only want to use a little bit in your DIY itchy scalp shampoo to avoid an oily appearance, it’s the perfect ingredient to help combat that itchy scalp and even dandruff. Once all of these ingredients are dissolved, transfer to a bowl.
Next up is the castile soap and water. Castile soap is a great way to add a little suds without the harshness found in most off-the-shelf shampoos. The ingredients are pure and gentle, so it’s safe for kids, too. It is important to use purified or distilled water because it can cause mold growth otherwise. I even suggest keeping the shampoo in the fridge, if possible, to help prevent bacterial growth since we do not add any preservatives.
Ok, now add your essential oils and blend well. I absolutely love tea tree oil because it’s so versatile. It comes with its very own natural antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, all of which help treat an itchy scalp. Fortunately, it’s also gentle enough to use every day too.
Did you know that rosemary oil can help thicken your hair and even prevent baldness? So in addition to increasing blood flow of the scalp to promote healing, you can get the benefits of thicker, fuller locks!
Now that you have combined all ingredients, pour it into your bottle and screw on the cap. Give it a good shake and you are ready to use your new DIY Itchy Scalp Shampoo!
Apply just as you would regular shampoo, keeping in mind that you will not have a sudsy result that you are used to having. Please know that is a good thing, since those suds strip your hair of its oils and natural pH balance. Wash your hair and then rinse well. For many, due to the amazing ingredients, you will not need conditioner. However, for those that do, try my
I love a facial toner that’s both refreshing and gentle enough to use every day, but most commercial toners aren’t good for you. They may help absorb excess oils from the face and even out the complexion, but many are full of harsh chemicals and fragrances and come at a hefty price.
Fortunately, one of my favorite toners can be found in your kitchen! This toner relies on apple cider vinegar, which helps balance and restore skin’s natural pH. You’ll find that this Apple Cider Vinegar Toner will improve overall skin complexion, plus help lighten those stubborn sun spots and even out skin tone.
It can also reduce the appearance of pores and can be added to your home remedies for acne, as it helps prevent acne breakouts and scarring! Another key ingredient in this Apple Cider Vinegar Toner recipe is witch hazel, which is an extract from the leaves and bark of the North American witch hazel shrub. It’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, and these characteristics make it another great choice because it helps fight off acne, blemishes and other skin irritations. It also helps hydrate the skin by locking in moisture. Because it’s high in tannins, witch hazel tightens the skin and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How to use a facial toner: A facial toner refers to a lotion or wash designed to cleanse the skin and shrink the appearance of pores. It’s most commonly applied to the face. Facial toners, also called skin toners, are used to remove lingering traces of dirt, oil and make-up.
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Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 25 uses
3–4 drops lemon essential oil
1/4 cup witch hazel extract
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
[optional] 1/8 cup aloe vera juice
[optional] 4 drops frankincense, lavender or tea tree essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a small glass bottle or spray bottle.
Shake well to blend all ingredients.
Store in refrigerator.
Apply using a cotton pad after washing face.
It should be gentle enough to use every day, but start with every other day to make sure.
When I was a kid I used to cover my hands in school glue, let it dry and then peel it off. It was so satisfying and I get the same sort of gratification when I use this DIY peel-off mask on my face!
As a bonus, (as if just peeling something off your face wasn’t fun enough), this easy DIY peel-off mask will pull the dirt, oil and impurities right out of your pores. This gelatin mask may even pull out a blackhead or two!
DIY Peel-Off Mask
Of course, when you’re using your DIY peel-off mask you’re also going to pull some other things off your face, namely that superfine peach fuzz that we all have a little of on our faces. For me, this is no big deal, but just be careful not to apply this peel-off mask on any patches of hair that you don’t want to part with.
I use this DIY pore-cleansing peel-off mask about three times a month and find that this is often enough for me to enjoy the blackhead-busting benefits without damaging my skin.
If you have particularly sensitive skin you may want to test a small area of your face before coating the whole thing with the gelatin mask mixture to make sure that it isn’t going to be too harsh for your skin. It’s no problem at all for me, but better safe than sorry!
This is one of my go-to homemade face mask recipes that I use in conjunction with my favorite DIY acne mask. These masks really help keep my skin looking clear and smooth.
I’m sort of a sucker for beauty products and I’ve bought a lot of similar peel-off masks over the years. Honestly, they all sort of do the same thing and I find the results from this simple DIY peel-off mask to be comparable to the results I’ve gotten from expensive store-bought products.
Because this pore-clearing mask tends to leave a little residue behind with each use, I typically use it right before getting into the shower. The warm water will loosen and melt away the remnant pieces of the peel-off mask and the steam in the shower is great to further draw impurities out of your pores to give your skin a super-clean look and feel.
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Follow up after your mask with a gentle moisturizer or your favorite skin oil. I love adding just a touch of coconut oil to my skin following this mask for a crazy soft finishing result.
1 tablespoon or 1 packet unflavored gelatin. You can usually found in the baking or canning aisle of your local grocer. You do not want to use JELL-O or flavored gelatin.
1 to 1.5 tablespoons of milk or almond milk. I used unsweetened almond milk.
Combine the two ingredients until the powder has dissolved and then heat in the microwave for about 10 seconds, I probably only needed to do 8 seconds, but it started to cool quickly (and harden) so it was fine. Apply right away (when the temp is safe and comfortable), I used a small smooth rubber spatula for this and it worked perfectly-all while keeping my hands tidy.
Leave on until it has dried all over then start at one edge and gently pull off. I found it easiest to start by removing the mask at the top of the bridge of my nose and pulling down in one section and then up for my forehead. Applying a thicker, even, coat will help in removing the mask. For the edges that might be a little thinner, especially if you aren’t concerned about clearing pores in those areas, you can use a warm wash cloth to remove the left over mask or wash it off in the shower. I opted for the shower and it melted away in seconds. Follow with a light moisturizer or a dab of coconut oil. My face was super soft after using this pore-clearing peel-off face mask!
An important thing to keep in mind, if you have tiny hairs or peach fuzz on your face or in the general area you’ll be applying, try to avoid those spots (unless you’re okay with this hair being ripped out!), this goes for eye brows and the edges of your hair line as well. The mask is designed to pull impurities out of your pores and will do the same with hair. I’m sure that wouldn’t feel the best.
Even though the left over concoction hardened to the mini bowl, it slipped right out a little later after soaking in some water-so don’t stress if it seems like its stuck in your dish.
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