The itchy and scratchy show
Farhana Shahnaz

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Oh yes! Your crush finally sits next to you. Be cool. Just be cool. Don't let him know you have been stalking him for months and absolutely adore his dog biscuits. Try to make an impression with all your swagger, hair flipping like a diva and all. But no wait. It's back. Oh no, it's back. You had to get that horrible scalp itch right now! You try not to succumb to your discomfort. Unwillingly you reach out your hand to your scalp and *itch itch*. You get an awkward look from your crush. Game over.

Itching your head in public can be a total embarrassment. While the reasons for itchy scalp range from dandruff, dry scalp, sebaceous cysts, excessive anxiety, poor hair care, fungus, viral infections to poor diet, the remedies are even lesser known. Of course, if your condition is serious you can consult a dermatologist and shed a good few bucks, or you can resort to mother nature for some natural remedies.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice is truly the nectar of God. Its antiseptic properties help deal with itchy and dry scalp without any adverse side-effects. Lemon juice is also particularly helpful in dealing with dandruff. To avail its goodness, you can simply apply fresh lemon juice to your scalp directly. Leave it for five minutes and then shampoo your hair as usual. Dilute the lemon juice with some water if you don't have dandruff, because although the citric acid in lemon is mild, it can still damage your bare scalp. As an alternative, you can also mix lemon juice with some yoghurt and apply to your scalp, followed by a wash with a mild shampoo. Repeat daily and your dandruff should be gone in no time.

Baking soda

Another kitchen remedy that works like magic for itchy scalps is baking soda. It helps relieve itching by exfoliating the scalp. It also helps fight dandruff caused by overactive fungi. Rub some olive oil or coconut on your scalp and then apply baking soda by mixing it with some water and making it into a paste. Allow it to soak into your scalp for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse well with cold water. That should send your itchiness packing.

Aloe vera

Is there any end to aloe vera's might? Aloe vera known for its moisturising properties and can relieve excessive dryness and itchiness. It's best to use fresh aloe vera, but if unavailable, you can resort to retail aloe vera gel. You can massage the gel on your scalp with your fingertips and let it penetrate. Allow it to sit for around 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse your hair with a mild shampoo.

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