Pregnancy comes with enough side effects — think bloating, aching joints and fatigue. Dry, itchy scalp does not need to be one of them. If you’re experiencing an itchy scalp during pregnancy, you’re not alone. Studies have shown that around 20% of women experience a dry, itchy scalp when pregnant.
Let’s take a look at the causes, home remedies for itching scalp during pregnancy, as well as products that you can use to immediately solve the problem.
Causes of Dry Scalp During Pregnancy
According to Dr. Aviva Jill Romm, author of The Natural Pregnancy Book, it’s much harder for the skin to flush out toxins during pregnancy due to decreased bowel functions. With the skin being less able to flush out toxins, it makes hydration even more important. However, most women forget that not only are they eating for two, they also need to drink water for two as well. The scalp is usually one of the first indicators that your body is unbalanced, and a dry itchy scalp could be a sign that you’re dehydrated.
Another reason for a dry, itchy scalp during pregnancy is hormonal stresses and imbalances. It may not be external stress, but rather hormonal stress that you have little control over. Some days your body may be producing too much estrogen, other days, not enough. This is the same reason why some women lose or grow more hair, and suffer from sleepless nights and mood swings. Your hormones will never be more active than they are during pregnancy.
Home Remedies for Itching Scalp
First and foremost, unless your doctor explicitly recommends it, avoid taking extra hormones or drugs to regulate your body’s natural hormones. They can be very dangerous to the health of you and your baby. You’ll almost always be better off finding a way to deal with these issues naturally.
One of the best and most natural ways to hydrate your scalp is by applying natural essential oils. Oils like horsetail plant, jojoba, and castor oil are great at creating a healthy scalp environment. They will help clear the scalp of dirt or debris, and stimulate your hair follicles so that they are able to receive the nutrients they need from your diet. To apply essential oils, massage a small amount (about a teaspoon) into your scalp once a day for 5-15 minutes. Let the oils absorb into your scalp before washing them out.
Another way to help get rid of dry scalp during pregnancy is to improve your diet. Reduce the amount of saturated fat and fried foods that you’re eating. Fill your diet with fresh organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Marine proteins like salmon are key as well — they contain the fatty acids that a dry scalp needs.
Products to Help Dry Scalp During Pregnancy
Sometimes, essential oils, hydration, and eating a good diet is not enough to get rid of an itchy scalp. You can further help your scalp simply by choosing the right hair care products. If your products don’t include the right ingredients, your itchy scalp will continue to be an issue.
First, choose the best shampoo and conditioner. We highly recommend Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo. It’s a gentle way to clean the scalp while also feeding it with growth nutrients like biotin, keratin, and zinc. It also contains Ana:Tel, a proprietary complex derived from natural sources that have been shown to give hair a big natural boost. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner contains the same ingredients while also providing weightless moisture that will provide relief to a dry scalp. We love these products because not only will they provide relief to an itchy scalp, they will also boost your hair’s overall health thanks to a formula that has been perfected over time.
In addition to a hair-boosting shampoo and conditioner, we also recommend Viviscal’s leave-in hair elixir. It has many of the same hair growth ingredients as the densifying shampoo and conditioner, but as a leave-in treatment, you get volumizing moisture that will provide relief to a dry scalp. Nine out of 10 women who used all three products said their hair looked thicker and fuller after one week.
Using these hair-boosting products while maintaining a healthy diet will help you focus on your pregnancy, rather than an itchy scalp. That’s a deal almost any woman would take.