If you have an itchy scalp it can be quite annoying, especially if you've looked for signs of why it could be so itchy, but found nothing! No sign of nits and no sign of dandruff, just maybe a bit of redness from your excessive amount of itching. or the odd itchy lump here and there.
The reason behind an itchy scalp with no visual cause, such as nits, could well be Demodex mites.
Demodex mites can take up residency in the hair follicle shafts, feeding on dead skin cells and the oil produced in the follicle, causing an irritating itch and possible inflammation. Demodex mites are very small (less than half a millimetre long) and because they reside beneath the skin surface, they are not seen in the hair like nits are. They can also be a possible cause of blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) if they take up residency in the eyelash follicles, and also facial acne and rosacea
Demodex mites are more common than people probably realise. They often reside on animals and humans without causing too much of a problem, unless they become overly prolific.
So once you've ruled out other possible causes of your itchy scalp, such as nits or allergic reactions to hair products etc, how do you treat over-proliferation of Demodex mites in the hair follicles of the scalp without having to use harsh chemicals or medication?
Here is a simple, natural shampoo remedy for Demodex mite infestation, that you can easily make up yourself at home:
To make approximately 250mls of natural treatment shampoo - mix 10 tspns of cider vinegar, 3 to 4 tspns of neem oil, 40 drops each of organic lavender and tea tree essential oils, then top up mixture to 250mls using an all-natural shampoo. Shake together well, and always shake before use. Test-patch the formula on the under-side of the forearm a reasonable amount of time before using. If there is no adverse reaction from the skin test-patch, after first hopping in the shower, wet your hair and rub the remedy shampoo mixture into the scalp, focusing more on getting it into the scalp rather than just washing the hair with it. Leave it on while you continue with your shower, then rinse it out at the very end of the shower.
The scalp may need to be washed in this way over multiple days for most effective results. And if people residing together all have an itchy scalp, it is best for everyone to treat their scalps around the similar time.
Ensure you thoroughly clean all bedding, particularly pillows, before commencing treatment. If you have pets, ensure their bedding is clean and shampoo them also.