We’ve all had an itchy scalp before, or an itchy beard. While an itch with a beard is generally the norm, the head may not be as normal as you think. Sure, there are a number of normal reasons to have an itchy scalp, but did you know that it can also be the sign of early hair loss?
Earlier this week, I was reading through some tips on groomingadepts.com, and found that an itchy scalp may be the first sign of early hair loss. As someone who does have quite the itchy scalp, I couldn’t imagine losing my lucks locks (totally exaggerating, but really – my hair is great).
With that being said, you shouldn’t assume the worst and head out to buy the latest in hair loss supplements, as you may be overreacting. An itchy scalp is quite the common symptom for a number of diseases or issues, and many that will leave your hair where it is: on your scalp, not on your bathroom floor.
If you’re someone who suffers from an extremely itchy head, you should dive deeper and pinpoint other symptoms to assist you finding out the answer. If you’re someone that doesn’t have much hair loss at all, and you’ve had an itchy scalp for a while, you shouldn’t worry. Below, I’ll outline the various conditions that come with an itchy scalp that don’t necessarily mean you’re going to lose your hair.
Conditions That May Cause an Itchy Scalp
One of the more common issues with an itchy scalp may be head lice. While it won’t directly make you lose your hair, you may have to cut or shave your hair to get all of the lice out – if you have a thick, long, luscious head of hair; however, there are shampoo methods that date back decades that are just as efficient in getting out head lice. Let’s take a look at other issues you may see with paired with an itchy scalp below.
Allergic reactions – it’s no secret that you can have an allergic reaction to a number of hair care products. Whether it’s gel, dry shampoo, or shampoo and conditioner in general, our bodies take certain substances and treat them as a type of pathogen. When our body reacts t this, it produces an itching sensation. Even if you weren’t allergic to your favorite hair product last week, your body may decide that it doesn’t like it today. It’s worth noting that you shouldn’t assume the newest product in your toolkit is the culprit, but it’s a good indicator that it just may be.
Psoriasis – Psoriasis is one of the leading itchy diseases, and not just in men, either. This type of condition leaves dry patches on the skin and they can become more common in times of stress. If you have this on your head, you may find that your hair is thinning or coming out. The aforementioned is due to the non-conducting properties of the area for hair growth. While hair growth may take some time to encourage, your hair will grow back from this sort of thing.
Tinea capitis – an early symptom of tinea capitis is actually itching, much like the aforementioned psoriasis. If you think you’ve gotten ringworm, chill – it may just be tinea capitis, which presents itself in the form of ringworm-like patches. Furthermore, these patches will inhibit the follicles of the hair, leading you to have some sort of hair loss.
Other issues you may have may see with itching include the following:
- Actual hair loss from genetics or your diet
Treating the Varying Conditions
While there are a number of shampoos that will effectively help you in reducing itchiness on your scalp, you should take a look at new products, your diet, if you have dandruff, dry skin, or psoriasis. If you do have psoriasis, Grooming Adept mentions that you should use a type of ketoconazole shampoo or something recommended by your doctor to disrupt the fungi’s healthy habitat. When their habitat is shook, they die, and you get your skin back.
There are other techniques that can be used to encourage hair growth, including:
Stress reduction – Whether you have psoriasis or not, hair loss is a common thing to see with those who are stressed. While I’m still researching if stress is why I have all this grey hair, you may see that stress causes distress within your hair follicles. When your body stresses, the follicles have a disruption in anti-inflammatory processes, causing your body to see a production in more cortisol than you typically would. When you aren’t stressed, you won’t lose hair (as much or at all). Participate in breathing exercises, and maybe even a bit of meditation to help you out.
Other methods of treating an itchy scalp include:
- Various dandruff shampoos
- Avocado oil for reduction of inflammation
While every man’s scalp differs, you should always try and pinpoint what’s causing your hair loss. It could be food for you, or it may be a product that you’ve been using for years. If you’re still stumped, you’ll want to consult your primary care physician today.